International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages
With Emphasis on Tone Languages

Beijing, China
March 28-31, 2004

Perceptual Analysis of Duration Evaluation in Mandarin

Sun Lu, Hu Yu, Wang Ren-Hua

iFlyTek Speech Laboratory, University of Science and Technology of China

This paper is emphasized on analyzing the evaluation ability of RMSE and correlation in duration prediction. RMSE and correlation, as two chief evaluation means of duration prediction models, have their own strong points and weaknesses. We have hence carried out a perceptual experiment to investigate the characteristics of these two means, both in comparing two prediction systems and in evaluating the performance of a single predictor. In analyzing the performance of a duration prediction system, we put forward a more effective approach to appraise the predicted duration and hence come to the conclusion that a duration prediction system can be improved through valid information of stress/unstress and phonologically important syllables.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lu, Sun / Yu, Hu / Ren-Hua, Wang (2004): "Perceptual analysis of duration evaluation in Mandarin", In TAL-2004, 173-176.