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symbol segmentation

automatically identifying the boundaries of individual meaningful units within a continuous input stream, such as a computer identifying individual words within spoken speech or identifying individual letters in handwriting. In simple circumstances, such as slowly and distinctly pronounced speech or careful non-cursive writing, the boundaries between symbols are relatively easy to identify, but typical speech blurs the boundaries between words and adjacent words influence how they are pronounced. Similarly, in rapid or cursive writing, it isn’t as clear what letter and individual stroke may be contributing to.