Human-Machine Collaboration for Rapid Speech Transcription

Roy, B. "Human-Machine Collaboration for Rapid Speech Transcription"


Inexpensive storage and sensor technologies are yielding a new generation of massive multimedia datasets. The exponential growth in storage and processing power makes it possible to collect more data than ever before, yet without appropriate content annotation for search and analysis such corpora are of little use. While advances in data mining and machine learning have helped to automate some types of analysis, the need for human annotation still exists and remains expensive.

The Human Speechome Project is a heavily data-driven longitudinal study of language acquisition. More than 100,000 hours of audio and video recordings have been collected over a two year period to trace one child's language development at home. A critical rst step in analyzing this corpus is to obtain high quality transcripts of all speech heard and produced by the child. Unfortunately, automatic speech transcription has proven to be inadequate for these recordings, and manual transcription with existing tools is extremely labor intensive and therefore expensive.

A new human-machine collaborative system for rapid speech transcription has been developed which leverages both the quality of human transcription and the speed of automatic speech processing. Machine algorithms sift through the massive dataset to nd and segment speech. The results of automatic analysis are handed o to humans for transcription using newly designed tools with an optimized user interface. The automatic algorithms are tuned to optimize human performance, and errors are corrected by the human and used to iteratively improve the machine performance. When compared with other popular transcription tools, the new system is three- to six-fold faster, while preserving transcription quality. When applied to the Speechome audio corpus, over 100 hours of multitrack audio can be transcribed in about 12 hours by a single human transcriber.

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