11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

Say What? Why Users Choose to Speak Their Web Queries

Maryam Kamvar, Doug Beeferman

Google, USA

The context in which a speech-driven application is used (or conversely not used) can be an important signal for recognition engines, and for spoken interface design. Using large-scale logs from a widely deployed spoken system, we analyze on an aggregate level factors that are correlated with a decision to speak a query rather than type it. We find the factors most predictive of spoken queries are whether a query is made from an unconventional keyboard, for a search topic relating to a users' location, or for a search topic that can be answered in a “hands-free” fashion. We also find, contrary to our intuition, that longer queries have a higher probability of being typed than shorter queries.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kamvar, Maryam / Beeferman, Doug (2010): "Say what? why users choose to speak their web queries", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 1966-1969.