Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Spanish Recogniser of Continuously Spelled Names over the Telephone

Ruben San-Segundo, José Colás, Javier Ferreiros, Javier Macías-Guarasa, Juan Miguel Pardo

Grupo de Tecnología del Habla, Departamento de Ingeniería Electrónica, UPM, E.T.S.I. Telecomunicación, Madrid, Spain

lapiz@die.upm.es http://www-gth.die.upm.es ABSTRACT In the paper, we present an analysis of the spelling task for Spanish and we describe the research and implementation of a Spanish recogniser for continuously spelled names over the telephone. We analyse and compare three different recognition architectures. The first one is a Two level architecture. This approach consists in two steps. In the first one we obtain the most likely letter sequence using the one-pass algorithm. In the second step, to obtain the name recognised, we align the sequence of letters with the different dictionary names using a Dynamic Programming (DP) algorithm. The second alternative consists on an Integrated Architecture where a constrained grammar is built with all the names from the dictionary. In this case, we have a higher Name Recognition Rate but the time processing increases a lot. Finally, we propose a combined architecture with a good compromise between recognition rate and time consuming. This approach responds to a strategy of Hypothesis and Verification. In the hypothesis stage, we obtain the most likely letter sequence (one-pass algorithm) and then we select N-candidates from the dictionary with a dynamic programming algorithm. In the verification stage, we build a dynamic grammar with the N-candidates and we recognise over it. With this system we obtain a 96.1% Name Recognition Rate in real time for the 1,000 names dictionary and, 92.3% and 89.6% for 5,000 and 10,000 names directories respectively.


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Bibliographic reference.  San-Segundo, Ruben / Colás, José / Ferreiros, Javier / Macías-Guarasa, Javier / Pardo, Juan Miguel (2000): "Spanish recogniser of continuously spelled names over the telephone", In ICSLP-2000, vol.2, 863-866.