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Title Detection of Major ASL Sign Types in Continuous Signing For ASL Recognition
Authors Polina Yanovich, Carol Neidle and Dimitris Metaxas
Abstract In American Sign Language (ASL) as well as other signed languages, different classes of signs (e.g., lexical signs, fingerspelled signs, and classifier constructions) have different internal structural properties. Continuous sign recognition accuracy can be improved through use of distinct recognition strategies, as well as different training datasets, for each class of signs. For these strategies to be applied, continuous signing video needs to be segmented into parts corresponding to particular classes of signs. In this paper we present a multiple instance learning-based segmentation system that accurately labels 91.27% of the video frames of 500 continuous utterances (including 7 different subjects) from the publicly accessible NCSLGR corpus (Neidle and Vogler, 2012). The system uses novel feature descriptors derived from both motion and shape statistics of the regions of high local motion. The system does not require a hand tracker.
Topics Sign Language Recognition/Generation, Statistical and Machine Learning Methods, Information Extraction, Information Retrieval
Full paper Detection of Major ASL Sign Types in Continuous Signing For ASL Recognition
Bibtex @InProceedings{YANOVICH16.714,
  author = {Polina Yanovich and Carol Neidle and Dimitris Metaxas},
  title = {Detection of Major ASL Sign Types in Continuous Signing For ASL Recognition},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016)},
  year = {2016},
  month = {may},
  date = {23-28},
  location = {Portoro┼ż, Slovenia},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference Chair) and Khalid Choukri and Thierry Declerck and Sara Goggi and Marko Grobelnik and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Helene Mazo and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  address = {Paris, France},
  isbn = {978-2-9517408-9-1},
  language = {english}
 }
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