ESCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on
Speech Input/Output Assessment and Speech Databases

Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands
September 20-23, 1989

Figures of Merit for Assessing Connected-Word Recognisers

Melvyn J. Hunt

Marconi Speech and Information Systems, The Airport, Portsmouth, UK

This paper is concerned mainly with the choice of a figure of merit for representing the performance of connected-word recognisers when DP word-symbol sequence matching is used for the scoring. Properties of the DP scoring method are discussed. Experimental tests using data from the DARPA Resource Management Task confirm a prediction that DP scoring overestimates substitution errors and underestimates insertion and deletion errors. As a result, the commonly used total error measure has a particularly large bias. A new figure of merit, weighted total errors, takes all three kinds of errors into account and minimises bias. Finally, some more sophisticated figures of merit are discussed briefly.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hunt, Melvyn J. (1989): "Figures of merit for assessing connected-word recognisers", In SIOA-1989, Vol.2, 127-131.