[RndTbl] Speech recognition

Gilles Detillieux grdetil at scrc.umanitoba.ca
Tue Mar 15 14:28:32 CDT 2011

For what it's worth, here's David Pogue's review of Dragon Dictate for 
the Mac from last fall:


I don't have any direct experience with it or any other speech 
recognition software for that matter.  But in David Pogue's reviews, he 
claims nothing else comes close to Dragon's software for accuracy. 
Unfortunately, that would seem to include any free software, so if 
you're looking for something free/open-source, this won't be much help.


On 15/03/2011 12:02 PM, Dan Martin wrote:
> Did you find anything suitable, Mike?
> I am interested in speech recognition for the Mac.  I think you answered my question about the system speech recognition (limited vocabulary).  I am looking for something that could be used with software that I write, that would have to have a very large / expandable vocablulary.  I don't want to have to cut and paste from another app (eg, microsoft word) to my app that I'm going to develope.
> Ideally, I would be able to choose the vocabulary and have different vocablularies, depending on context.
> -Dan
> On 2011-02-09, at 11:00 PM, Mike Pfaiffer wrote:
>> 	I've been thinking of something which may make my job as a writer a
>> little easier. The end result is I'd like to bring up Open Office/ Libre
>> Office and dictate what I want into a microphone. This way I can
>> concentrate more on the information and less on the typos.
>> 	There is some system software which will do this for the Mac (I'd
>> prefer something for Linux) and there are some problems. Namely the
>> small vocabulary and inaccuracy of recognition on some words (eg. Off
>> -->  On). There are a number of commercial products out there but being
>> cheap I'd like something free.
>> 	A half hour under Google produced a couple of suggestions. Pocket
>> Sphinx and Julius. Both were apparently a little tough to get running
>> and had sparse documentation (at least as of last year). Both are
>> available in the Mint/Ubuntu repositories.
>> 	Any comments?
>> 				Later
>> 				Mike

Gilles R. Detillieux              E-mail: <grdetil at scrc.umanitoba.ca>
Spinal Cord Research Centre       WWW:    http://www.scrc.umanitoba.ca/
Dept. Physiology, U. of Manitoba  Winnipeg, MB  R3E 0J9  (Canada)

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