CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers andHumans
Apart), uses a form of anti-OCR. Its main purpose is to tell if aninput is from a user, or a
script. It prompts for a randomized code to there-input into a text field. The code is
distorted or disguised to fool OCRinto generating false positives, and ultimately limiting
access. This is no limitspam from scripts, and other computer generated access to a site.
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A typical CAPTCHA
A service owned by Google, Inc., known as reCaptcha, uses humans to helpdigitize old
document in very little time. These features are useful whenscanning textbooks, as search functions becomes available. One may alsoexport novels to text for easier storage
after scanning.Another application of OCR technology is at the post office. Addresses andzip codes are
often handwritten on the envelope. Optical Characterrecognition allows the post office
to automatically read the address of a pieceof mail and sort it to the appropriate bin for
delivery books. This softwaretakes words not easily recognized by OCR software and pairs it
withwords that it knows the answer to. Many OCR systems throw flags for wordsthat
are ambiguous or for which there is no answer for. If such a flag is thrownit will save the
word into a database and uses it in conjunction for generatedknown words in a Captcha
field. If the answer for the correct word isinput into the text field, the program will
assume the other word iscorrect. This process is repeated until the certainty for the
unknown wordincreases. This is an innovative method and also increases OCR algorithm
recognition by comparing questionable positives with human input.
Currently, Captcha is displayed over 100 million times a day, with themost popular
being from Facebook, Twitter, TicketMaster, and online forums.