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Image to InterpretationAn Intelligent System to Aid Historians in Reading the Vindolanda Texts$
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Melissa Terras

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199204557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204557.001.0001

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Image to Interpretation

Melissa M. Terras (Contributor Webpage)

Dr Paul Robertson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the application of the GRAVA system to analyze various sets of test data to determine its effectiveness in producing the correct ‘reading’ of a text. Images of various sections of ink and stylus tablet fed into the system provided encouraging results, and indicated the asymptotic nature of the system’s convergence on a solution. Although a complete stand alone system has not yet been developed, these results demonstrate a proof of concept: that MDL can be used to compare and contrast semantically different information, and propagate realistic interpretations of image data within a reasonable time frame. This technique could form the basis of a future stand-alone system to read further examples of the Vindolanda texts. Suggestions regarding future work which could improve the success of the system are presented.

Keywords:   artificial intelligence, Minimum Description Length, image processing, image interpretation

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