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 » Thu Jul 24, 2014 4:35 am

PesachZ wrote:Just a quick note to update for the big list I had to rename some ramps, "IS" and "Is" say is, instead of island.


Could you provide a PL example? There could be an issue related to other text in the Ramp name.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 5:14 am

Please check the Big List before making suggestions to add an abbreviation.

As an example, "Rev." already says "Reverend" and I just re-tested it to confirm it.

Please report the Permalink for any specific instances where the TTS results are different that what was expected.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 5:20 am

After over two years, the Big List, finally now has every entry tested.

The list may not yet include all of the latest suggestions we are preparing to submit to Waze.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:58 am

kodi75 wrote:Cord St near Middle River, MD is pronounced as "County Road" in TTS.
Reporter on July 31, 2014
The text to voice says "county road street"


I'm aware that "Co" (and "CR") is pronounced "county", and "rd" as "road", however I didn't know it would parce groups of letters in the middle of a word (not separated by a space).


Thank you. Good observation.

I think you actually discovered a previous existing abbreviation that we had not yet discovered!

Currently the following are documented in the "Big List" to exist or we have had Waze add them:

"Co" says "co" as in the word "cooperate"
"Cor" says "Corner"
"CR" says "County Road"
and now you have found that
"Cord" also says "County Road"

This will be added to the "Big List" and we will also add it the submission list to Waze for removal as an abbreviation.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:44 am

Kayos_On_The_Road wrote:Reading GizmoGuy411's post, it indicates everything has been tested. The list on the first post in this thread has not been updated, hence the request to see the current list.

Thanks,
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I've checked the link in the opening post, and it links correctly for me. Is there any chance that you are viewing a cached copy and not the latest version.

Since I do not intend on updating it within the day or so, the version date/time you should see is,
"Updated: 2014-08-18T04:00Z"

This Big List version shows both "Diversion" and "Points" as being tested. Neither have a functioning TTS abbreviation at the moment. I will bring up both as suggestions for additions.

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

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:15 am

Kayos_On_The_Road wrote:I found a couple of TTS errors:

"to Hwy 91A N / Annacis Island" is translated as "to highway nighty one eh en" pause "annacis island"
"to Hwy 13 / 264 St / Aldergrove" is tanslated as "to highway thirteen thousand two hundred sixty four street" followed by the pause for the second slash an "aldergrove"

These are both segments starting with "to" Could this be what is causing the issue?

Kayos


These errors have been found in several Ramp names where a combination of abbreviations that work elsewhere, do not with in ramp names where the slash mark appears.

Would you mind sending the Permalink for these examples to me directly and I will add it to our list of such examples that we will present to Waze to figure out?
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:53 am

It was fixed for instances where they existed as the sole abbreviation.

The combinations of abbreviations did not work.

All bets are off at the moment to what STILL works.

We will just have to submit the examples we have and see if they can figure it out.

So if you have more examples, add them here I guess and we can compile them and send them next week then that team is more accessible.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:35 pm

jaywazin wrote:
harling wrote:'Storrow Dr E' is supposed to be "storrow drive east", not "storrow doctor east" or "storrow doctor ee". And each time someone comes up with an example that we haven't anticipated, the rules (and code) become messier and harder to maintain.

All these conditions and exceptions are easy enough for a human to follow, but to a computer, context-sensitive grammars are brittle. Trust me, I have done this for a living. Better to start now with as straightforward and literal a system as possible, or it will turn into a perpetual problem, where fixing one case will break several others.


Back to Page 2 (1/2012)!! -

Over the last couple weeks I've noticed this popping up again.

Memorial Dr W is now "Memorial Doctor West"
and Storrow Dr E is now "Storrow Doctor East"


Could not duplicate the issue with "Memorial Dr W". Suspect TTS server/routing server cliches. (A more detailed reply sent to jaywazin via PM, along with other content.)


To harlings point, the results of the exception issues are compounded when the system simply falls back to defaults, and confuses people more.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:56 pm

Your help is needed!

Several reports have been received that certain roads with the "Dr" abbreviation have been voiced by TTS as "doctor" instead of "drive", and only intermittently.

In the Boston area it has happened with "Memorial Dr W" and I believe "Memorial Dr E".

In New York City it has happened with "FDR Dr N" and possibly with "FDR Dr S".

This does not seem to happen all the time.

My suspicion, is that it MAY be occurring during periods when the abbreviation "Dr" is being in heavy use by the TTS server. So if it is rush hour on the west coast and a lot of "Dr" abbreviations are being used, then it COULD also happen on the east coast at the same instant.

In order to help Waze determine the issue, we need to provide them with examples with the following infomation:

- The WME permalink with the segment that you heard the TTS for selected. (Not where you were at the time you heard it, but the segment that was being spoken in the TTS instruction.)

- Your time zone.
- A copy of the actual TTS file from your mobile device.
- The timestamp of the TTS file.

Acquiring a copy of the TTS file and its timestamp can be accomplished as follows:
- For Android devices, download the "ES File Explorer File Manager" app for your device.

- For iOS devices, download a program such as "iFunBox" (no jailbreak needed) to your Mac or Windows computer, and connect your device to your computer via a cable. You may also be able to use Wifi with some programs such as iFunBox.

- Navigate to the location in your device where the TTS files are stored.

Android:
Local/waze/tts/database/local_nuamce_8_mp3_Samantha_Female/ or
Local/waze/tts/database/local_nuamce_8_mp3_Tom_Male/

iOS:
Connected Devices, [your device name], User Applications, [Waze]//Library/Caches/tts/database/local_nuamce_8_mp3_Samantha_Female/ or
Connected Devices, [your device name], User Applications, [Waze]//Library/Caches/tts/database/local_nuamce_8_mp3_Tom_Male/

Once you have found the file, please either upload it to cloud space such as Dropbox or Google Drive and share the link, or just sent it to my Waze@GizmoGuy411.com email address as an attachment.
(It is not possible to sent via a Private Message.)
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:12 am

Yes it is hard to find information in the forums when threads get this large.

The solution is to use a period. A number of places around the coutry that have "Saint" in a street name have helped us come to the conclusion that "St." is used for "Saint" and "St" is used for "Street".

You mentioned "here" without clarification. If you are referring to a specific place, it may be possible for us to get you some help to add the periods where necessary.

We may also be able to run a script to make most of the changes for the occurrences where "Saint" is the first word in the name.

Such changes based on placement however must be considered carefully however as exceptions have been discivered in the past.
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