12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

Phonemic Similarity Metrics to Compare Pronunciation Methods

Ben Hixon, Eric Schneider, Susan L. Epstein

Hunter College, USA

As grapheme-to-phoneme methods proliferate, their careful evaluation becomes increasingly important. This paper explores a variety of metrics to compare the automatic pronunciation methods of three freely-available grapheme-to-phoneme packages on a large dictionary. Two metrics, presented here for the first time, rely upon a novel weighted phonemic substitution matrix constructed from substitution frequencies in a collection of trusted alternate pronunciations. These new metrics are sensitive to the degree of mutability among phonemes. An alignment tool uses this matrix to compare phoneme substitutions between pairs of pronunciations.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hixon, Ben / Schneider, Eric / Epstein, Susan L. (2011): "Phonemic similarity metrics to compare pronunciation methods", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 825-828.