Towards a web-based progressive handwriting recognition environment for mathematical problem solving

Vuong, Ba-Quy; He, Yulan and Hui, Siu Cheung (2010). Towards a web-based progressive handwriting recognition environment for mathematical problem solving. Expert Systems with Applications, 37(1) pp. 886–893.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eswa.2009.05.091

Abstract

The emergence of pen-based mobile devices such as PDAs and tablet PCs provides a new way to input mathematical expressions to computer by using handwriting which is much more natural and efficient for entering mathematics. This paper proposes a web-based handwriting mathematics system, called WebMath, for supporting mathematical problem solving. The proposed WebMath system is based on client-server architecture. It comprises four major components: a standard web server, handwriting mathematical expression editor, computation engine and web browser with Ajax-based communicator. The handwriting mathematical expression editor adopts a progressive recognition approach for dynamic recognition of handwritten mathematical expressions. The computation engine supports mathematical functions such as algebraic simplification and factorization, and integration and differentiation. The web browser provides a user-friendly interface for accessing the system using advanced Ajax-based communication. In this paper, we describe the different components of the WebMath system and its performance analysis.

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