Use table tags to train your custom template model

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In this article, you'll learn how to train your custom template model with table tags (labels). Some scenarios require more complex labeling than simply aligning key-value pairs. Such scenarios include extracting information from forms with complex hierarchical structures or encountering items that not automatically detected and extracted by the service. In these cases, you can use table tags to train your custom template model.

When should I use table tags?

Here are some examples of when using table tags would be appropriate:

  • There's data that you wish to extract presented as tables in your forms, and the structure of the tables are meaningful. For instance, each row of the table represents one item and each column of the row represents a specific feature of that item. In this case, you could use a table tag where a column represents features and a row represents information about each feature.
  • There's data you wish to extract that isn't presented in specific form fields but semantically, the data could fit in a two-dimensional grid. For instance, your form has a list of people, and includes, a first name, a last name, and an email address. You would like to extract this information. In this case, you could use a table tag with first name, last name, and email address as columns and each row is populated with information about a person from your list.

Note

Form Recognizer automatically finds and extracts all tables in your documents whether the tables are tagged or not. Therefore, you don't have to label every table from your form with a table tag and your table tags don't have to replicate the structure of very table found in your form. Tables extracted automatically by Form Recognizer will be included in the pageResults section of the JSON output.

Create a table tag with the Form Recognizer Sample Labeling tool

  • Determine whether you want a dynamic or fixed-size table tag. If the number of rows vary from document to document use a dynamic table tag. If the number of rows is consistent across your documents, use a fixed-size table tag.
  • If your table tag is dynamic, define the column names and the data type and format for each column.
  • If your table is fixed-size, define the column name, row name, data type, and format for each tag. Configure a table tag

Label your table tag data

  • If your project has a table tag, you can open the labeling panel, and populate the tag as you would label key-value fields. Label with table tags

Next steps

Follow our quickstart to train and use your custom Form Recognizer model:

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