Multi-reference WER for evaluating ASR for languages with no orthographic rule

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Languages with no standard orthographic representation faces a challenge to evaluate the output from Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR). Since the reference transcription text can vary widely from one user to another. We propose an innovative approach for evaluating speech recognition using Multi-References. For each recognized speech segments, we ask five different users to transcribe the speech. We combine the alignment for the multiple references, and use the combined alignment to report a modified version of Word Error Rate (WER). This approach is in favor of accepting a recognized word if any of the references typed it in the same form. Results are reported using two Dialectal Arabic (DA) as a language with no standard orthographic; Egyptian, and North African speech. The average WER for the five references individually is 71.4%, and 80.1% respectively. When considering all references combined, the Multi-References MR-WER was found to be 39.7%, and 45.9% respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2015 IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-7291-3
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2015


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