A connected path approach for staff detection on a music score

Jaime S. Cardoso, Artur Capela, Ana Rebelo, Carlos Guedes

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The preservation of many music works produced in the past entails their digitalization and consequent accessibility in an easy-to-manage digital format. Carrying this task manually is very time consuming and error prone. While optical music recognition systems usually perform well on printed scores, the processing of handwritten musical scores by computers remain far from ideal. One of the fundamental stages to carry out this task is the staff line detection. In this paper a new method for the automatic detection of music staff lines based on a connected path approach is presented. Lines affected by curvature, discontinuities, and inclination are robustly detected. Experimental results show that the proposed technique consistently outperforms well-established algorithms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2008 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2008 Proceedings
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2008 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 12 2008Oct 15 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP
ISSN (Print)1522-4880


Other2008 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Document image processing
  • Image analysis
  • Music
  • Optical character recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Signal Processing

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