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Effect of speed on handwriting shape: a descriptive generalization.

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July 1995
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In this report, we characterize the natural simplifying
transformations of a handwritten curve. We argue that the number and
type of singularities in a geometric curve determine the amount of
time required for the human handwriting system to produce that curve
to a given level of accuracy. Therefore, the behavior of the human
handwriting system under increasing time pressure may be characterized
by a set of stochastic transformations that replace costly curve
segments with less costly segments, or remove segments entirely.

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