Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clients

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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:25 am

The list has been updated to include all the Canada Post abbreviations. More were added than I would have imagined, as less were in common with the USPS abbreviations than expected.

I have also submitted to WME, all the USPS official abbreviations for the U.S. States, Districts, Territories, Possessions, and the Canadian Provinces.

They have been submitted in both all upper case, and in leading upper case only.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:35 pm

I've asked Jenn to help me listen to this file to better determine how one of the abbreviations is being pronounced. But after I sent her the request, I thought I would just asked here and let a few people listen to it and see what they think.

The abbreviation in question, "trway" is for "Throughway". To me is sounds more like "Trueway".

I use Windows Media Player to listen to the file. In my version, I right click within the player, and in "Enhancements", I select the "Play speed setttings" to slow down the speech without distorting the pitch.

I've renamed the dot TTS from my Android to a dot MP4 file to allow the player to have the above speed control.

Here is a list of the abbreviations in this file, so that you can better know the placement of what is being spoke:
strvnue / strm / str / strt / smt / sumit / ter / terr / trwy / trce / trak / trk / trfy / tunl


I've uploaded it here as a ZIP file, since the forum would not allow the dot TTS or dot MP4 file types.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:50 pm

sketch wrote:Have you tried "Thwy" yet? That's how it's abbreviated up on the exit signs up in Baton Rouge.


"Thwy" is on the list to test, but has not been edited into WME yet. Hopefully I'll get to it in the next batch to add. Then wait another three weeks to be able to test them in the client.

I had to come up with a new scheme as I was running out of room in my sand box to add more roads to the rig. The roads were getting too close together to be able to select when in the field on my Android. So I shortened the older roads, and as I add new ones between them I'll make them longer so that a handle extends to be able to select on.

I'm sure the local Wazers are scratching their heads when this mess pops up on their screens!
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:31 pm

The first batch of abbreviations from "Alley" to "West" entered on Jan 18th are now tested and noted in the "List". These were primarily the official USPS abbreviations. A few need to be retested in the Client, and a couple may have never been actually edited into WME.

Out of 676 entries to be tested, just under half are now edited into WME, and a third of the entries are now tested in the Client.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:10 pm

jenncard wrote:Trwy = "Trueway", definitely.

Here's what I have set up to test so far (all variations on the letter E and then working backwards alphabetically):
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Now that the initial entries are complete, a number of those you have set to test have already been tested.

With some your punctuation is different, so that will be a good alternative test. Given how hard it is to hear the results, you still may want to weed out the ones that are exactly the same. And however I show the abbreviation in the list for case is exactly the way I tested it.

I've used your numbering method on few new submissions to see how they work.
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Re: Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze C

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:11 am

Timbones wrote:It seems that "Cr" is being now pronounced as "Country Road", so what would be an acceptable abbreviation for "Crescent"?

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I remember at least one abbreviation for Crescent is in the list. I'm mobile so I can't check right this second. Also I just checked CR earlier today and I could swear I swear I heard "County Road" not "Country Road".



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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:59 am

jasonh300 wrote:Do you have "Trace" on your list? I drew in a new subdivision yesterday and two of the new street names were "Natchez Trace" and "Memphis Trace". I had no idea how to abbreviate them, so I just spelled them out.


Yep the confirmed abbreviation for "Trace" is "Trce", which is not much of a savings. I think I would just stick with "Trace".
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:16 am

WeeZer14 just found an issue in New York City with signs that say "NYC". Waze does not pronounce it properly at all.

I'm adding them all the list, however which of the following should we request:
a) NYC = "New York City"
b) NYC = "NYC" (the letters)
c) N.Y.C. = "New York City"
d) N.Y.C. = "NYC" (the letters)
e) other

I'm thinking b and c.

(As a side note, Excel says "New York City" for "NYC" and says the letters "N", "Y", "C" for "N.Y.C")
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:30 am

A section on Abbreviations has been added to the Waze Wiki "Editing Manual" under "How to label and name roads":
http://www.waze.com/wiki/index.php/How_ ... reviations

The lead post here has also been edited and updated.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:17 pm

That is just it. The signs do not say New York City. They just say NYC with no spaces or periods.

So my thinking was that for that abbreviation TTS should just say " en wye cee" to reflect the same brevity.

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