Postal Address Block Location Using a Convolutional Locator Network

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 6 (NIPS 1993)

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Ralph Wolf, John Platt


This paper describes the use of a convolutional neural network to perform address block location on machine-printed mail pieces. Locating the address block is a difficult object recognition problem because there is often a large amount of extraneous printing on a mail piece and because address blocks vary dramatically in size and shape. We used a convolutional locator network with four outputs, each trained to find a different corner of the address block. A simple set of rules was used to generate ABL candidates from the network output. The system performs very well: when allowed five guesses, the network will tightly bound the address delivery information in 98.2% of the cases.