AT&D #60. Continuous-Speech Recognition Systems

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using continuous-speech recognition systems?

Advantages of continuous-speech recognition systems:

Speech is a very natural way of interaction and provides that appeal to a user (instead of typing or using a remote control to process/ progress through an action), self-explanatory method of utilizing a speech system (all the instructions are “spoken” from the system and no burden is emphasized on having to train or study it as if not doing so makes the user incapable of knowing what to do), are very useful in its flexibility of catering to many different languages and dialects for its users and even for those who can phoenetically speak but cannot spell (hence why a keyboard is not optimal in this case).

Disadvantages of continuous-speech recognition systems:

Low signal-to-noise ratio (a program must hear a person speak clearly with little to no noise in the background or else, it won’t accurately decipher the speech), overlapping speech (some programs may have trouble differentiating between one user’s voice and another’s if more than one person is speaking at once), homophones within vocabulary in a speech (speech-recognition systems have no way of telling the difference between words like there/they’re/their and raise/raze/rays because they all sound the same and can make for a troubling task for both the user and the system to process a request smoothly.

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