Why Isn’t Voice Recognition Software More Accurate?

(Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch) Why isn’t speech recognition software more accurate? originally appeared on Quora: the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Sunit Sivasankaran, Research Engineer, on Quora: Why isn’t speech recognition software more accurate? This is an excellent question to start off an automatic speech recognition (ASR) interview. I would slightly rephrase the question as “Why is speech recognition hard?” The reasons are plenty and here is my take on the topic: An ASR is just like any other machine learning (ML) problem, where the objective is to classify a sound wave into one of the basic units of speech (also called a “class” in ML terminology), such as a word. The problem with human speech is…


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