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TableBank is a new image-based table detection and recognition dataset built with novel weak supervision from Word and Latex documents on the internet, contains 417K high-quality labeled tables.


To address the need for a standard open domain table benchmark dataset, we propose a novel weak supervision approach to automatically create the TableBank, which is orders of magnitude larger than existing human labeled datasets for table analysis. Distinct from traditional weakly supervised training set, our approach can obtain not only large scale but also high quality training data.

Nowadays, there are a great number of electronic documents on the web such as Microsoft Word (.docx) and Latex (.tex) files. These online documents contain mark-up tags for tables in their source code by nature. Intuitively, we can manipulate these source code by adding bounding box using the mark-up language within each document. For Word documents, the internal Office XML code can be modified where the borderline of each table is identified. For Latex documents, the tex code can be also modified where bounding boxes of tables are recognized. In this way, high-quality labeled data is created for a variety of domains such as business documents, official fillings, research papers etc, which is tremendously beneficial for large-scale table analysis tasks.

The TableBank dataset totally consists of 417,234 high quality labeled tables as well as their original documents in a variety of domains.

Statistics of TableBank

Task Word Latex Word+Latex
Table detection 163,417 253,817 417,234
Table structure recognition 56,866 88,597 145,463


TableBank is released under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License. You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may not use the material for commercial purposes. If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

Task Definition

Table Detection

Table detection aims to locate tables using bounding boxes in a document. Given a document page in the image format, generating several bounding box that represents the location of tables in this page.

Table Structure Recognition

Table structure recognition aims to identify the row and column layout structure for the tables especially in non-digital document formats such as scanned images. Given a table in the image format, generating an HTML tag sequence that represents the arrangement of rows and columns as well as the type of table cells.


To verify the effectiveness of Table-Bank, we build several strong baselines using the state-of-the-art models with end-to-end deep neural networks. The table detection model is based on the Faster R-CNN [Ren et al., 2015] architecture with different settings. The table structure recognition model is based on the encoder-decoder framework for image-to-text.

Data and Metrics

To evaluate table detection, we sample 2,000 document images from Word and Latex documents respectively, where 1,000 images for validation and 1,000 images for testing. Each sampled image contains at least one table. Meanwhile, we also evaluate our model on the ICDAR 2013 dataset to verify the effectiveness of TableBank. To evaluate table structure recognition, we sample 500 tables each for validation and testing from Word documents and Latex documents respectively. The entire training and testing data will be made available to the public soon. For table detection, we calculate the precision, recall and F1 in the same way as in [Gilani et al., 2017], where the metrics for all documents are computed by summing up the area of overlap, prediction and ground truth. For table structure recognition, we use the 4-gram BLEU score as the evaluation metric with a single reference.

Table Detection

We use the open source framework Detectron [Girshick et al., 2018] to train models on the TableBank. Detectron is a high-quality and high-performance codebase for object detection research, which supports many state-of-the-art algorithms. In this task, we use the Faster R-CNN algorithm with the ResNeXt [Xie et al., 2016] as the backbone network architecture, where the parameters are pre-trained on the ImageNet dataset. All baselines are trained using 4 P100 NVIDIA GPUs using data parallel sync SGD with a minibatch size of 16 images. For other parameters, we use the default values in Detectron. During testing, the confidence threshold of generating bounding boxes is set to 90%.

Models Word Latex Word+Latex
Precision Recall F1 Precision Recall F1 Precision Recall F1
ResNeXt-101 (Word) 0.9496 0.8388 0.8908 0.9902 0.5948 0.7432 0.9594 0.7607 0.8486
ResNeXt-152 (Word) 0.9530 0.8829 0.9166 0.9808 0.6890 0.8094 0.9603 0.8209 0.8851
ResNeXt-101 (Latex) 0.8288 0.9395 0.8807 0.9854 0.9760 0.9807 0.8744 0.9512 0.9112
ResNeXt-152 (Latex) 0.8259 0.9562 0.8863 0.9867 0.9754 0.9810 0.8720 0.9624 0.9149
ResNeXt-101 (Word+Latex) 0.9557 0.8403 0.8943 0.9886 0.9694 0.9789 0.9670 0.8817 0.9224
ResNeXt-152 (Word+Latex) 0.9540 0.8639 0.9067 0.9885 0.9732 0.9808 0.9657 0.8989 0.9311

Table Structure Recognition

For table structure recognition, we use the open source framework OpenNMT [Klein et al., 2017] to train the image-to-text model. OpenNMT is mainly designed for neural machine translation, which supports many encoder-decoder frameworks. In this task, we train our model using the image-to-text method in OpenNMT. The model is also trained using 4 P100 NVIDIA GPUs with the learning rate of 0.1 and batch size of 24. For other parameters, we use the default values in OpenNMT.

Models Word Latex Word+Latex
Image-to-Text (Word) 0.7507 0.6733 0.7138
Image-to-Text (Latex) 0.4048 0.7653 0.5818
Image-to-Text (Word+Latex) 0.7121 0.7647 0.7382

Model Zoo

The trained models available for download in the TableBank Model Zoo.

Quick Start

Here is a pipeline to test pretrained model and visualize the performance of Table Detection task. Table Detection.

Get Data and Leaderboard

Because some data has copyright issues and should not be released, we filtered all the data and excluded them. We also retrain all the baseline model on the changed dataset and list them on the leaderboard website.

Please fill this form. If the review is approved, the download link will be sent to your email address.

The link will be reviewed and sent the next Monday after the application

The leaderboard website is https://doc-analysis.github.io/. If you would like to add a paper that reports a number at or above the current state of the art, email Minghao Li.

Statistics of TableBank (Removing copyright protection data)

Task Word Latex Word+Latex
Table detection 101,889 253,817 355,706
Table structure recognition 56,866 88,597 145,463

Paper and Citing


  title={TableBank: Table Benchmark for Image-based Table Detection and Recognition},
  author={Li, Minghao and Cui, Lei and Huang, Shaohan and Wei, Furu and Zhou, Ming and Li, Zhoujun},
  journal={arXiv preprint arXiv:1903.01949},


  • [Ren et al., 2015] Shaoqing Ren, Kaiming He, Ross B. Girshick, and Jian Sun. Faster R-CNN: towards real-time object detection with region proposal networks. CoRR, abs/1506.01497, 2015.
  • [Gilani et al., 2017] A. Gilani, S. R. Qasim, I. Malik, and F. Shafait. Table detection using deep learning. In Proc. of ICDAR 2017, volume 01, pages 771–776, Nov 2017.
  • [Girshick et al., 2018] Ross Girshick, Ilija Radosavovic, Georgia Gkioxari, Piotr Doll´ar, and Kaiming He. Detectron. 2018.
  • [Xie et al., 2016] Saining Xie, Ross B. Girshick, Piotr Doll´ar, Zhuowen Tu, and Kaiming He. Aggregated residual transformations for deep neural networks. CoRR, abs/1611.05431, 2016.
  • [Klein et al., 2017] Guillaume Klein, Yoon Kim, Yuntian Deng, Jean Senellart, and Alexander M. Rush. Open-NMT: Open-source toolkit for neural machine translation. In Proc. of ACL, 2017.]
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