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[ale] Voxforge: An open source project that needs *your* help

Christopher Fowler wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-04-03 at 11:54 -0400, Jesse Guardiani wrote:
>> The call and record idea would work nicely if all we wanted was PSTN
>> quality
>> recognition via something like asterisk. It might make a nice side
>> project.
>> I'll run the idea by the voxforge peeps. Thanks!
> I'm thinking of an easy way to get the data.  Right now the method is
> too complex for many non-geeks to provide data.

I agree completely and so does the voxforge admin from what I've read on the forum and from their Google Summer of Code list:

Using asterisk and PSTN for recording would be very similar to a software system with the following trade-offs:
1.) No need to purchase a mic. Everyone has a phone.
2.) Audio quality is reduced, meaning that any resulting speech corpus would be unusable for recognition at higher bit rates (i.e. desktop dictation)

Still, I believe PSTN and similar environments are a large part of the market for this technology anyway, so it might make a lot of sense as a side project.

Jesse Guardiani
Programmer/Sys Admin
jesse at guardiani.us