Second International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP'92)

Banff, Alberta, Canada
October 13-16, 1992

Response Time as a Metric For Comparison of Speech Recognition by Humans and Machines

Anne Cutler (1), Tony Robinson (2)

(1) MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge, UK
(2) Dept. of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

The performance of automatic speech recognition systems is usually assessed in terms of error rate. Human speech recognition produces few errors, but relative difficulty of processing can be assessed via response time techniques. We report the construction of a measure analogous to response time in a machine recognition system. This measure may be compared directly with human response times. We conducted a trial comparison of this type at the phoneme level, including both tense and lax vowels and a variety of consonant classes. The results suggested similarities between human and machine processing in the case of consonants, but differences in the case of vowels.

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Bibliographic reference.  Cutler, Anne / Robinson, Tony (1992): "Response time as a metric for comparison of speech recognition by humans and machines", In ICSLP-1992, 189-192.