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Text recognition (optical character recognition) with deep learning methods.

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What is wrong with scene text recognition model comparisons? dataset and model analysis

| paper | training and evaluation data | failure cases and cleansed label | pretrained model | Baidu ver(passwd:rryk) |

Official PyTorch implementation of our four-stage STR framework, that most existing STR models fit into. Using this framework allows for the module-wise contributions to performance in terms of accuracy, speed, and memory demand, under one consistent set of training and evaluation datasets. Such analyses clean up the hindrance on the current comparisons to understand the performance gain of the existing modules.


Based on this framework, we recorded the 1st place of ICDAR2013 focused scene text, ICDAR2019 ArT and 3rd place of ICDAR2017 COCO-Text, ICDAR2019 ReCTS (task1).
The difference between our paper and ICDAR challenge is summarized here.


Mar 17, 2019: uploaded resources in Baidu Netdisk also, added Run demo. (check @sharavsambuu's colab demo also)
Mar 9, 2019: PyTorch version updated from 1.0.1 to 1.1.0, use torch.nn.CTCLoss instead of torch-baidu-ctc, and various minor updated.

Getting Started


  • This work was tested with PyTorch 1.1.0, CUDA 9.0, python 3.6 and Ubuntu 16.04.
    You may need pip3 install torch==1.1.0
  • requirements : lmdb, pillow, torchvision, nltk, natsort
pip3 install lmdb pillow torchvision nltk natsort

Download lmdb dataset for traininig and evaluation from here contains below.
training datasets : MJSynth (MJ)[1] and SynthText (ST)[2]
validation datasets : the union of the training sets IC13[3], IC15[4], IIIT[5], and SVT[6].
evaluation datasets : benchmark evaluation datasets, consist of IIIT[5], SVT[6], IC03[7], IC13[3], IC15[4], SVTP[8], and CUTE[9].

Run demo with pretrained model

  1. Download pretrained model from here
  2. Add image files to test into demo_image/
  3. Run (add --sensitive option if you use case-sensitive model)
--Transformation TPS --FeatureExtraction ResNet --SequenceModeling BiLSTM --Prediction Attn \
--image_folder demo_image/ \
--saved_model TPS-ResNet-BiLSTM-Attn.pth

prediction results

demo images TPS-ResNet-BiLSTM-Attn TPS-ResNet-BiLSTM-Attn (case-sensitive)
available Available
shakeshack SHARESHACK
london Londen
greenstead Greenstead
toast TOAST
merry MERRY
underground underground
ronaldo RONALDO
bally BALLY
university UNIVERSITY

Training and evaluation

  1. Train CRNN[10] model
--train_data data_lmdb_release/training --valid_data data_lmdb_release/validation \
--select_data MJ-ST --batch_ratio 0.5-0.5 \
--Transformation None --FeatureExtraction VGG --SequenceModeling BiLSTM --Prediction CTC
  1. Test CRNN[10] model
--eval_data data_lmdb_release/evaluation --benchmark_all_eval \
--Transformation None --FeatureExtraction VGG --SequenceModeling BiLSTM --Prediction CTC \
--saved_model saved_models/None-VGG-BiLSTM-CTC-Seed1111/best_accuracy.pth
  1. Try to train and test our best accuracy combination (TPS-ResNet-BiLSTM-Attn) also. (download pretrained model)
--train_data data_lmdb_release/training --valid_data data_lmdb_release/validation \
--select_data MJ-ST --batch_ratio 0.5-0.5 \
--Transformation TPS --FeatureExtraction ResNet --SequenceModeling BiLSTM --Prediction Attn
--eval_data data_lmdb_release/evaluation --benchmark_all_eval \
--Transformation TPS --FeatureExtraction ResNet --SequenceModeling BiLSTM --Prediction Attn \
--saved_model saved_models/TPS-ResNet-BiLSTM-Attn-Seed1111/best_accuracy.pth


  • --train_data: folder path to training lmdb dataset.
  • --valid_data: folder path to validation lmdb dataset.
  • --eval_data: folder path to evaluation (with lmdb dataset.
  • --select_data: select training data. default is MJ-ST, which means MJ and ST used as training data.
  • --batch_ratio: assign ratio for each selected data in the batch. default is 0.5-0.5, which means 50% of the batch is filled with MJ and the other 50% of the batch is filled ST.
  • --Transformation: select Transformation module [None | TPS].
  • --FeatureExtraction: select FeatureExtraction module [VGG | RCNN | ResNet].
  • --SequenceModeling: select SequenceModeling module [None | BiLSTM].
  • --Prediction: select Prediction module [CTC | Attn].
  • --saved_model: assign saved model to evaluation.
  • --benchmark_all_eval: evaluate with 10 evaluation dataset versions, same with Table 1 in our paper.

Download failure cases and cleansed label from here contains failure case images and benchmark evaluation images with cleansed label.

When you need to create lmdb dataset

pip3 install fire
python3 --inputPath data/ --gtFile data/gt.txt --outputPath result/

At this time, gt.txt should be {imagepath}\t{label}\n
For example

test/word_1.png Tiredness
test/word_2.png kills
test/word_3.png A


This implementation has been based on these repository crnn.pytorch, ocr_attention.


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[10] B. Shi, X. Bai, and C. Yao. An end-to-end trainable neural network for image-based sequence recognition and its application to scene text recognition. In TPAMI, volume 39, pages2298–2304. 2017.


If you find this work useful for your research, please cite:

  title={What is wrong with scene text recognition model comparisons? dataset and model analysis},
  author={Baek, Jeonghun and Kim, Geewook and Lee, Junyeop and Park, Sungrae and Han, Dongyoon and Yun, Sangdoo and Oh, Seong Joon and Lee, Hwalsuk},
  journal={arXiv preprint arXiv:1904.01906},


Feel free to contact me if there is any question (Jeonghun Baek


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Text recognition (optical character recognition) with deep learning methods.

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