What’s in an acronym?

Acronyms are often understood and used more than their unabbreviated form. This occurs nearly everywhere, for example, ‘BLT’ is just as understood in a restaurant as ‘Bacon Lettuce and Tomato.’ In some cases, the acronym is more common than the complete form, PM is used for afternoon and hardly ever do people say “Post Meridian”, […]

04/09/2018

What’s in an abbreviation?

Producing text in the form that is expected makes copy much easier to read and reduces confusion. For example, if you worked somewhere where speed measurements were commonplace and it read ’30 miles per hour’ all the time, then it would not only make for long sentences but would also be harder to read as […]

03/09/2018

What’s in an accent?

The spelling of names is difficult for everyone, but there are times when it’s even more than just spelling, what if there are diacritics in the name. Diacritics are those other marks that should be there to make the pronunciation correct such as accents or cedilla written over or under the letters. Time-consuming and tricky […]

31/08/2018

What’s in a name?

Names are very personal, they are our identity and miss-spelt names can often offend people. Even for humans, names are hard to get right in written form, because one pronunciation can result in multiple different ways to spell the name. How do people get it right? For example, if you are in a meeting and […]

30/08/2018

Custom Dictionary – the technical edit

I am sure we can all remember a time when we misheard something and requested it to be repeated or perhaps just guessed what was said and carried on. Well, computers are no different, except in many cases, there is no possibility to ask for things to be repeated. When you guessed what was said, […]

10/04/2018

Talking vs typing. What does the future hold for speech?

It is clear that we’re living in a speech revolution, with the advent of Virtual Personal Assistants (VPAs – or more commonly recognised as Siri and Alexa) allowing us to communicate with our computers and phones more efficiently through our own voices. But will talking ever overtake typing? Some experts think it will, and sooner […]

22/03/2018

Automatic speech-to-text service without the hassle

Why are speech-to-text services hard to use? I came across a blog from Luis Quintanilla where he produced a console app to transcribe podcasts using the Microsoft Speech API. The thing that instantly struck me was the hoops that he had to jump though to transcribe the podcast. The app had to: Transcode the audio […]

20/02/2018

What if your accent didn’t matter?

With the voice revolution upon us there is more controversy than ever around voice and speech recognition technologies. Virtual Personal Assistants – or VPAs – are the most widely adopted consumer products using short form voice recognition technology but they have been criticised lately for several reasons. I want to focus on one key issue […]

16/02/2018

Zero to ASR in 3 simple steps

Like many people you may have assumed that deploying your own speech recognition system is difficult and complex, but it’s time to rethink that. Speechmatics is a leading ASR provider and we are making deploying a complete automatic speech recognition system about as simple as it can get, giving you back control and the freedom […]

13/12/2017

What to expect as a new starter at Speechmatics

Starting a new job is daunting for everyone. The nerves for me kick in well in advance of day one with even the most simple of everyday tasks requiring much unnecessary planning, for example leaving double the journey time on day one to make sure I arrive on time, only sit in the car park […]

11/12/2017

     

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