Applied Mathematics & Information Sciences

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This study is conducted for the purpose of recognizing numbers printed on the license plates images. The size of different patterns in the Saudi license plates is 20: the Arabic and English numbers. It is hard to classify all the numbers due to the similarity between specific numbers. This paper will propose to use a clustering technique called X-Means in order to regroup the numbers that have the same characteristics. Later develop a specific classification technique for each cluster. The experimentation of the proposed approach is applied on our constructed dataset gave us some limitation in classification. The results are improved by constructing a reference image for each class selected using a specific criteria from the training dataset. Moreover, the experimental results ensure better recognition accuracy by using the proposed methods rather than classifying the same dataset using other classical classifier in the state-of-art.

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