2021, issue 3, p. 65-73

Received 28.07.2021; Revised 08.08.2021; Accepted 28.09.2021

Published 30.09.2021; First Online 25.10.2021


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UDC 004.852

Comparative Analysis of the Application of Multilayer and Convolutional Neural Networks for Recognition of Handwritten Letters of the Azerbaijani Alphabet

Elshan Mustafayev * ORCID ID favicon Big,   Rustam Azimov ORCID ID favicon Big

Institute of Control Systems of the NAS of Azerbaijan, Baku

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Introduction. The implementation of information technologies in various spheres of public life dictates the creation of efficient and productive systems for entering information into computer systems. In such systems it is important to build an effective recognition module. At the moment, the most effective method for solving this problem is the use of artificial multilayer neural and convolutional networks. 

The purpose of the paper. This paper is devoted to a comparative analysis of the recognition results of handwritten characters of the Azerbaijani alphabet using neural and convolutional neural networks.

Results. The analysis of the dependence of the recognition results on the following parameters is carried out: the architecture of neural networks, the size of the training base, the choice of the subsampling algorithm, the use of the feature extraction algorithm. To increase the training sample, the image augmentation technique was used. Based on the real base of 14000 characters, the bases of 28000, 42000 and 72000 characters were formed. The description of the feature extraction algorithm is given.

Conclusions. Analysis of recognition results on the test sample showed:

·      as expected, convolutional neural networks showed higher results than multilayer neural networks;

·      the classical convolutional network LeNet-5 showed the highest results among all types of neural networks. However, the multi-layer 3-layer network, which was input by the feature extraction results; showed rather high results comparable with convolutional networks;

·      there is no definite advantage in the choice of the method in the subsampling layer. The choice of the subsampling method (max-pooling or average-pooling) for a particular model can be selected experimentally;

·      increasing the training database for this task did not give a tangible improvement in recognition results for convolutional networks and networks with preliminary feature extraction. However, for networks learning without feature extraction, an increase in the size of the database led to a noticeable improvement in performance.


Keywords: neural networks, feature extraction, OCR.


Cite as: Mustafayev E., Azimov R. Comparative Analysis of the Application of Multilayer and Convolutional Neural Networks for Recognition of Handwritten Letters of the Azerbaijani Alphabet. Cybernetics and Computer Technologies. 2021. 3. P. 65–73. https://doi.org/10.34229/2707-451X.21.3.6



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