EUROSPEECH '89
First European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Paris, France
September 27-29, 1989

Gender Differences in Speech Recognition Performance

J. M. Noyes, Clive R. Frankish

University of Bristol, Department of Psychology, Bristol, UK

The achievement of good recognition performance is an important factor in determining the viability of present speech recognisers. A person's ability to maintain consistent speech patterns is a prerequisite for attaining acceptable recognition rates. This consistency in pronunciation varies between individuals and gender is thought to be a contributing variable. Two experiments primarily concerned with feedback in speech recognition systems are outlined with particular reference to gender differences. Findings include: (i) a significant overall difference between male and female recognition rates; (ii) identification of a number of users, all female, for whom recognition was exceptionally poor. Remedial actions are suggested in order to help improve the recognition performance of such users.

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Bibliographic reference.  Noyes, J. M. / Frankish, Clive R. (1989): "Gender differences in speech recognition performance", In EUROSPEECH-1989, 1110-1112.