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PubTabNet contains heterogeneous tables in both image and HTML format. PubTabNet can be used to train and evaluate image-based table recognition models. The model needs to recognize both the structure and the content of the tables, and be able to reconstruct the HTML representation of the tables solely relying on the table images. The HTML representation encodes both the structure of the tables and the content in each table cell. Position (bounding box) of table cells is also provided to support more diverse model designs. The source of the tables is PubMed Central Open Access Subset (commercial use collection). The tables (in both image and HTML format) are automatically extracted by matching the PDF format and the XML format of the articles in the PubMed Central Open Access Subset.

Dataset Metadata

Field Value
Format PNG
License CDLA-Permissive
Domain Computer Vision
Number of Records 516k+ images
Size 30GB
Author Xu Zhong, Elaheh ShafieiBavani, Antonio Jimeno Yepes
Dataset Origin Images of research papers from PubMed and annotations from IBM Research Australia.
Dataset Version Update Version 2 – July 20, 2020
Version 1 – November 11, 2019
Data Coverage The dataset contains images of research papers from the medical domain.
Business Use Case Document Understanding: The dataset can be used to train a model to extract various elements of a document such as tables, figures, texts etc. This can aid businesses dealing with a large number of documents to easily categorize the various elements in their documents.

Dataset Archive Contents

File or Folder Description
train folder Train data folder
test folder Test data folder
val folder Validation data folder
PubTabNet_2.0.0.jsonl Data glossary of the three folders above.

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Use the Dataset

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title={Image-based table recognition: data, model, and evaluation},
author={Xu Zhong and Elaheh ShafieiBavani and Antonio Jimeno Yepes},
journal={arXiv preprint arXiv:1911.10683},
  • PubLayNet – largest dataset ever for document layout analysis PubLayNet is a large dataset of document images from PubMed Central Open Access Subset. Each document’s layout is annotated with both bounding boxes and polygonal segmentations. While PubTabNet contains the labels for the tabular elements, PubLayNet contains labels for general semantic understanding of a paper.