8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Geneva, Switzerland
September 1-4, 2003


Measuring the Readability of Automatic Speech-to-Text Transcripts

Douglas A. Jones, Florian Wolf, Edward Gibson, Elliott Williams, Evelina Fedorenko, Douglas A. Reynolds, Marc Zissman

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

This paper reports initial results from a novel psycholinguistic study that measures the readability of several types of speech transcripts. We define a four-part figure of merit to measure readability: accuracy of answers to comprehension questions, reaction-time for passage reading, reaction-time for question answering and a subjective rating of passage difficulty. We present results from an experiment with 28 test subjects reading transcripts in four experimental conditions.

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Bibliographic reference.  Jones, Douglas A. / Wolf, Florian / Gibson, Edward / Williams, Elliott / Fedorenko, Evelina / Reynolds, Douglas A. / Zissman, Marc (2003): "Measuring the readability of automatic speech-to-text transcripts", In EUROSPEECH-2003, 1585-1588.