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Title: US6023678: Using TTS to fill in for missing dictation audio
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Lewis, James R.; Delray Beach, FL
Ortega, Kerry A.; Deerfield Beach, FL

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY
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Published / Filed: 2000-02-08 / 1998-03-27

Application Number: US1998000049716

IPC Code: Advanced: G01L 7/08;
IPC-7: G01L 7/08;

ECLA Code: G10L13/04U;

U.S. Class: Current: 704/260; 704/235; 704/272;
Original: 704/260; 704/235; 704/272;

Field of Search: 704/270,275,272,235,260

Priority Number:
1998-03-27  US1998000049716

Abstract:     The invention provides a method for a speech application to read dictated text back to the user. As playback of dictated audio runs, the application searches ahead for words unassociated with the dictated audio. When the application encounters words unassociated with the dictated audio, the application sends the words to a Text-To-Speech engine to synthesize a spoken instance of each word. This method enhance the user's review of the effectiveness of the dictated text by providing an opportunity for the user to hear the entire document played back both the text that was dictated and the text that was typed.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Quarles & Brady LLP ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Dorvil, Richemond;

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Claim What is claimed is:     1. A method for playing back dictated audio, comprising the steps of:
  • playing back as a stream of audible words each word in a sequence of dictated text recognized by a speech application by using dictated audio;
  • as said playing back continues, searching ahead in said sequence for words unassociated with dictated audio;
  • processing each said word unassociated with dictated audio in a text to speech engine to synthesize a spoken instance of each said word unassociated with dictated audio; and,
  • inserting said synthesized spoken words into said stream of audible words to fill in for each of said words unassociated with dictated audio,
  • whereby said stream of audible words is a complete playback of said dictated text sequence.

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Patent  Pub.Date  Inventor Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 16pp US5649060  1997-07 Ellozy et al.  International Business Machines Corporation Automatic indexing and aligning of audio and text using speech recognition
Get PDF - 10pp US5737725  1998-04 Case  U S WEST Marketing Resources Group, Inc. Method and system for automatically generating new voice files corresponding to new text from a script
Get PDF - 34pp US5794189  1998-08 Gould  Dragon Systems, Inc. Continuous speech recognition
Get PDF - 35pp US5799273  1998-08 Mitchell et al.  AllVoice Computing Plc Automated proofreading using interface linking recognized words to their audio data while text is being changed
Get PDF - 30pp US5857099  1999-01 Mitchell et al.  AllVoice Computing Plc Speech-to-text dictation system with audio message capability
Foreign References: None

Other References:
  • Collegiate Microcomputer. Lees, "Proofreading with the ears," pp. 339-344, vol. 3, No. 4. Feb. 1994.
  • Language Toolkits for Engineers in Business. Fletcher, IBM Voice Type Software, 2 pages. Feb. 1997
  • Proceedings of the 1999 ACM ACM symposium on applied computing 1999. Ryder et al., "Multi-sensory Browser and Editor Model," pp. 443-449. 1999.
  • IBM Corporation. Lai et al., "MedSpeak:Report Creation with Continuous Speech Recognition," pp. 431-438. Mar. 1997.

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