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



Jesse Guardiani wrote:
> Christopher Fowler wrote:
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>> On Tue, 2007-04-03 at 11:54 -0400, Jesse Guardiani wrote:
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>>> 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!
>>>
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>> 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.
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> 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:
> http://www.voxforge.org/home/forums/message-boards/google-summer-of-code/software-client-to-permit-users-to-record-and-submit-their-speech-audio-to-the-voxforge-web-site#EaEtvSVkI9bzM-4Pdn-1Ng
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> 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)
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I've been amazed at the quality of the audio when I've used Skype for 
computer to computer conversations.  Granted that's a bit more difficult 
than PSTN but perhaps the more ways of skinning a cat they have, the 
quicker it'll get done?  (Apologies to the Musicians and cat lovers)
> 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.
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