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This article was originally published as: Chalechale, A, Naghdy, G & Mertins, A, Signature-based document retrieval, Proceedings of the 3rd IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology (ISSPIT 2003), 14-17 December 2003, 597-600. Copyright IEEE 2003.


This paper presents a new approach for document image decomposition and retrieval based on connected component analysis and geometric properties of the labeled regions. The database contains document images with Arabic/Persian text combined with English text, headlines, ruling lines, trademark and signature. In particular, Arabic/Persian signature extraction is investigated using special characteristics of the signature that is fairly different from English signatures. A set of efficient, invariant and compact features is extracted for validation purposes using angular-radial partitioning of the signature region. Experimental results show the robustness of the proposed method.