Data Set Characteristics: 
Multivariate 
Number of Instances: 
20000 
Area: 
Computer 
Attribute Characteristics: 
Integer 
Number of Attributes: 
16 
Date Donated 
19910101 
Associated Tasks: 
Classification 
Missing Values? 
No 
Number of Web Hits: 
311273 
Source:
Creator:
David J. Slate
Odesta Corporation; 1890 Maple Ave; Suite 115; Evanston, IL 60201
Donor:
David J. Slate (dave '@' math.nwu.edu) (708) 4913867
Data Set Information:
The objective is to identify each of a large number of blackandwhite rectangular pixel displays as one of the 26 capital letters in the English alphabet. The character images were based on 20 different fonts and each letter within these 20 fonts was randomly distorted to produce a file of 20,000 unique stimuli. Each stimulus was converted into 16 primitive numerical attributes (statistical moments and edge counts) which were then scaled to fit into a range of integer values from 0 through 15. We typically train on the first 16000 items and then use the resulting model to predict the letter category for the remaining 4000. See the article cited above for more details.
Attribute Information:
1. lettr capital letter (26 values from A to Z)
2. xbox horizontal position of box (integer)
3. ybox vertical position of box (integer)
4. width width of box (integer)
5. high height of box (integer)
6. onpix total # on pixels (integer)
7. xbar mean x of on pixels in box (integer)
8. ybar mean y of on pixels in box (integer)
9. x2bar mean x variance (integer)
10. y2bar mean y variance (integer)
11. xybar mean x y correlation (integer)
12. x2ybr mean of x * x * y (integer)
13. xy2br mean of x * y * y (integer)
14. xege mean edge count left to right (integer)
15. xegvy correlation of xege with y (integer)
16. yege mean edge count bottom to top (integer)
17. yegvx correlation of yege with x (integer)
Relevant Papers:
P. W. Frey and D. J. Slate. "Letter Recognition Using Hollandstyle Adaptive Classifiers". (Machine Learning Vol 6 #2 March 91)
[Web Link]
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