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Chinese Handwriting Recognition: An Algorithmic Perspective
Chinese Handwriting Recognition
An Algorithmic Perspective
Paperback      ISBN: 3642318118

Designing machines that can read handwriting like human beings has been an ambitious goal for more than half a century, driving talented researchers to explore diverse approaches. Obstacles have often been encountered that at first appeared insurmountable but were indeed overcome before long. Yet some open issues remain to be solved. As an indispensable branch, Chinese handwriting recognition has been termed as one of the most difficult Pattern Recognition tasks. Chinese handwriting recognition poses its own unique challenges, such as huge variations in strokes, diversity of writing styles, and a large set of confusable categories. With ever-increasing training data, researchers have pursued elaborate algorithms to discern characters from different categories and compensate for the sample variations within the same category. As a result, Chinese handwriting recognition has evolved substantially and amazing achievements can be seen. This book introduces integral algorithms used in Chinese handwriting recognition and the applications of Chinese handwriting recogniers. The first part of the book covers both widespread canonical algorithms to a reliable recognizer and newly developed scalable methods in Chinese handwriting recognition. The recognition of Chinese handwritten text is presented systematically, including instructive guidelines for collecting samples, novel recognition paradigms, distributed discriminative learning of appearance models and distributed estimation of contextual models for large categories, in addition to celebrated methods, e.g. Gradient features, MQDF and HMMs. In the second part of this book, endeavors are made to create a friendlier human-machine interface through application of Chinese handwriting recognition. Four scenarios are exemplified: grid-assisted input, shortest moving input, handwritten micro-blog, and instant handwriting messenger. All the while, the book moves from basic to more complex approaches, also providing a list for further reading with literature comments.

Chinese in 10 Minutes a Day: Language Course for Beginning and Advanced Study. Includes Workbook, Flash Cards, Sticky Labels, Menu Guide, Software
Chinese in 10 Minutes a Day
Language Course for Beginning and Advanced Study. Includes Workbook, Flash Cards, Sticky Labels, Menu Guide, Software
Paperback      ISBN: 1931873356

A trip to China is magical, especially when you can speak the language. So before you visit the Great Wall, take the first step here. This book with its new digital download is a complete and fun, hands-on language learning experience. Useful study tools, fun interactive computer games and easy-to-use English phonetics make learning Chinese effortless and enjoyable. And with a focus on practical words and phrases, you'll be able to order a meal, shop for those incredible bargains and find your way around town, with absolute ease. Spend just "10 minutes a day" with this program and you'll be speaking Chinese in no time

The "10 minutes a day" Program:
  • The "10 minutes a day" proven methodology guarantees success--all you have to do is set aside 10 minutes and you'll be on your way. Why 10 minutes a day? Because 10 minutes is doable, it fits easily into your life and it's not overwhelming.

  • The program is created so that you can work at your own pace. You set the pace and you decide when you're ready to move to the next Step.

  • The book is purposely designed to look like a child's workbook--it's not intimidating or overwhelming. Instead, it's approachable and engaging for everyone at any age.

  • The book covers material equivalent to more than a year of high school Chinese or the 1st quarter of Chinese at university.

  • The vocabulary hones in on key essential words that you'll actually use when traveling. You'll learn Key Question Words so you can ask for what you need; money and numbers so you can shop and pay bills; directions so you can get to your destination smoothly, and so much more that will make your experience abroad enjoyable.

  • Study aids and fun activities such as word games, puzzles and interactive modules are academically designed and strategically interwoven into the program to help you succeed.

  • Contents include:
  • The 132-page illustrated workbook: Use the book to guide you, step-by-step, through learning and speaking Mandarin Chinese.

  • Full color throughout: Visually engages you and is conducive to learning quickly.

  • Digital download of "10 minutes a day" language learning software: Use the interactive modules to hear the words, practice and play, track your score and have fun (PC and Mac friendly)

  • 150 Sticky Labels (both in the book and for your computer): Place the Sticky Labels around the house and office to learn new words without any extra time or effort. Use the interactive Sticky Labels module on your computer to hear the words, review, keep track of your score and improve.

  • Ready-made Flash Cards (both in the book and for your computer): Take the ready-made flash cards with you and review your vocabulary on the go. Use the interactive Flash Card module on your computer to hear the words, practice and test yourself.

  • Cut-out Menu Guide: Practice at your local restaurant and take it on your trip.

  • Pronunciation Guide: With the Guide and simple phonetics above each Chinese word, it's easy for native English speakers to begin speaking Chinese with the correct pronunciation.

  • Glossary of over 2,000 new words, definitions, and pronunciation: So you can quickly look up a Chinese word, its pronunciation and definition.
  • --Kershul
    Chinese in 10 Minutes a Day with CD-ROM
    Chinese in 10 Minutes a Day with CD-ROM
    Chinese    Paperback      ISBN: 1931873011

    A trip to China is magical, especially when you can speak the language. So, before you visit the Great Wall or stroll the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, take the first step with CHINESE in 10 minutes a day with CD-ROM. This book and interactive CD-ROM combo is a complete, and fun, hands-on language learning experience. Useful study tools, fun interactive games and easy-to-use English phonetics make learning Chinese effortless and enjoyable. And with a focus on practical words and phrases, you'll be able to order a meal, shop for those incredible bargains and find your way around town, with absolute ease Spend just in 10 minutes a day with this program and you'll be speaking Chinese in no time

    Chinese in Plain English, Second Edition
    Chinese in Plain English, Second Edition
    2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0071482954

    Next time someone asks if you know how to speak Chinese, you can say Wo zhidao (Waw jr-dow).*

    With Chinese in Plain English, you can speak Chinese in no time Its easy-to-use pronunciation system and straightforward presentation of the basics of the language--with plenty of useful sentences--help you break the language barrier quickly and confidently. How? All the words and phrases in this book are written in Roman script--in plain English--in a form you can use immediately and in the right context. Instantly you'll know the basics of Chinese, from polite pleasantries to the latest technological jargon.

    Start on the right foot and speak Chinese with ease:

    Good morning Zaoshang hao (Zow-shahng how)

    Thank you Xiexie (She-eh-she-eh)

    Please call the doctor. Qing jiao yiwei yisheng. (Cheeng jee-ow ee-way ee-shuung)

    Another round, please. Qing zai lai yi-ge. (Cheeng zigh lie ee-guh)

    Is Beijing hot during the summertime? Beijing-de xiatian re ma? (Bay-jeeng-duh shee-ah-tee-in run mah)

    I will be here for about two weeks. Wo meiyou yao baoguan-de dongxi. (Waw may-yoe yow bow-gwahn-duh doong-she)

    *I know

    The Chinese Language: Its History and Current Usage
    The Chinese Language
    Its History and Current Usage
    Paperback      ISBN: 0804838534
    This is an introductory book about the history and contemporary usage of the Chinese language.

    Chinese is generally considered a difficult language. It is also a fascinating and important language that cannot be ignored. A growing number of English speakers are learning the Chinese language to the enrichment of their lives and the admiration of their friends. Chinese does, however, present a number of challenges. Written Chinese looks like a random set of stroke, dots and dashes. In its handwritten form, it looks like a series of undifferentiated squiggles. Spoken Chinese sounds like a rapid series of almost identical monosyllables with rising and falling intonations.

    This book is a contemporary introduction to the modern Chinese language as it is used in China during the first few years of the twenty-first century. China has changed so much and so dramatically over the past century, and indeed over the past twenty years, and these changes are reflected in the language. Textbooks written only twenty years ago are now quite quaint. Much information on the actual use of putonghua (Mandarin Chinese), the use of dialects or various romanization systems is now out of date. The aim of this book is to present current realities. China is a country with a long history, and to understand modern China we must know something of its past. The same applies to the language. Earlier stages of Chinese still have a deep influence on the current language, and we should at least be aware of such influences.

    This book is not a language textbook for those wishing to learn Chinese. It does not try to teach the Chinese language. It is a book about Chinese. It has been written for people who are thinking of taking up Chinese and would like some insights into what they are letting themselves in for. As the Chinese strategist, Sunzi said, zhi ji zhi bi, bai zhan bai sheng.--Know yourself and know the other: a hundred battles, a hundred victories. The same applies to learning Chinese.
    Chinese Phrases for Dummies
    Chinese Phrases for Dummies
    Chinese    Paperback      ISBN: 0764584774
    Hundreds of useful phrases at your fingertips

    Speak Chinese - instantly

    Traveling to China but don't know Chinese? Taking Chinese at school but need to kick up your conversation skills? Don't worry This handy little phrasebook will have you speaking Chinese in no time.

    Discover how to

    • Get directions, shop, and eat out
    • Talk numbers, dates, time, and money
    • Chat about family and work
    • Discuss sports and the weather
    • Deal with problems and emergencies
    Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings: With Observations on Culture and Language
    Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings
    With Observations on Culture and Language
    Paperback      ISBN: 1933330996
    Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings is for everyday readers looking for pithy sayings, deeper understanding of the Chinese culture and a unique look at the Chinese language. - The Rapidian

    Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings opens a diverting and useful window on Chinese language and culture. - Asian Review of Books

    This treasury of Chinese wisdom presents over five hundred proverbs while offering keys to culture and language. Here are both the familiar, earnest sayings of Confucius and Lao Zi (The longest journey begins with a single step) and the homespun truths of every day (Teachers open the door; you enter by yourself). Designed both for inspirational browsing and for students of language and culture, the text is organized by subject (Learning, Patience, Money, Family, Food, etc.) and provides commentary plus Chinese characters and pinyin romanization for each entry. Includes an index.

    Qin Xue Herzberg and Larry Herzberg teach Chinese at Calvin College. They live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
    Chinese Verbs & Essentials of Grammar
    Chinese Verbs & Essentials of Grammar
    Paperback      ISBN: 0071713042

    Your one-stop guide to mastering the basics of Chinese

    Can one book have all you need to communicate confidently in a new language? Yes--and that book is Chinese Verbs & Essentials of Grammar. It offers a solid foundation of major verbal and grammatical concepts of the language.

    Each unit is devoted to a single topic, so you can find what you need and get concentrated instruction immediately. Concise yet thorough, the explanations are supported by numerous examples to help you master each concept. Topics range from tones to verb suffixes, from dictionaries to proverbs, from measure words to onomatopoeia, and include a list of common verbs organized by semantic area.

    This book gives you:

    • An excellent introduction to the basics of Chinese (if you are a beginner) or a quick, thorough refresher (if you already have experience with the language)
    • Essential information on the Chinese language--its history, varieties, tonal features, character writing system, and lean grammatical structure
    • Numerous examples presented in Chinese characters, Pinyin transcription, word-for-word and idiomatic translations
    Chinese-english Dictionary of Economics & International Trade
    Chinese-english Dictionary of Economics & International Trade
    Hardcover      SKU: 1199532126

    & INTERNATIONAL TRADE.

    Chinese-English/English-Chinese (Mandarin) Practical Dictionary
    Chinese-English/English-Chinese (Mandarin) Practical Dictionary
    Chinese    Paperback      ISBN: 0781812364

    The essential Mandarin Chinese resource

    This bestselling bilingual Chinese dictionary features over 14,000 word-for-word entries that cover essential vocabulary for study, business, and travel.

    This comprehensive two-part resource is perfect for students learning Chinese or for Chinese speakers learning English.

    The dictionary includes:

    • 14,000 dictionary entries
    • word-for-word equivalents for each entry in Chinese and English
    • simplified Chinese characters and the internationally standard pinyin Romanization for all entries
    • a character index to make finding Chinese entries easy