First International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 90)

Kobe, Japan
November 18-22, 1990

Speaker-Independent English Alphabet Recognition: Experiments with the E-Set

Mark Fanty, Ron Cole

Oregon Graduate Institute, Beaverton, Oregon, USA

As part of an effort to do high-accuracy speaker-independent recognition of the English alphabet, we focus our attention on the E-set, a very difficult subset of nine letters: B,C,D,E,G,P,T,V,Z. By adding knowledge-based features and finding the most suitable spectral representation, we are able to reduce the E-set error rate by 20% compared to a baseline system that uses features designed for the whole alphabet. The resulting E-set classifier was successfully added to the full-alphabet system, to be invoked whenever the first answer is any member of the E-set.

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Bibliographic reference.  Fanty, Mark / Cole, Ron (1990): "Speaker-independent English alphabet recognition: experiments with the e-set", In ICSLP-1990, 1361-1364.