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

Postby Gizmoguy411 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:19 pm

CBenson wrote:Not that the info is too useful, but when there is no TTS available, does that mean the TTS engine tries to sound out the entry as a word or does it try to spell out the entry as letters?


Yes, it means that the TTS result is either the abbreviation pronounced as spelled or the letters spelled out. I had thought about differentiating which result was obtained, however like you said, I did not think it was important enough to keep track of.

If everyone thinks I should differentiate them, I would have to go back and find the results for the few "n/a" entries already entered.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby CBenson » Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:39 pm

GizmoGuy411 wrote:I did not think it was important enough to keep track of.

Sound quite reasonable, given all that you are keeping track of.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jenncard » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:24 pm

GizmoGuy411 wrote:So you can see with all the nulls that I have a lot to test yet.
(...)
As far adding an "Editor" column, i'm not sure of your intended purpose

Given how much you have yet to test, perhaps other editors would be willing/able to set up test rigs as well, to share the effort? Such as mine own? So I could conceivably test some of the outstanding options on your spreadsheet and could indicate which were being tested by me...
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby Gizmoguy411 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:49 am

jenncard wrote:
GizmoGuy411 wrote:So you can see with all the nulls that I have a lot to test yet.
(...)
As far adding an "Editor" column, i'm not sure of your intended purpose

Given how much you have yet to test, perhaps other editors would be willing/able to set up test rigs as well, to share the effort? Such as mine own? So I could conceivably test some of the outstanding options on your spreadsheet and could indicate which were being tested by me...


That would be great. Just let me know what you are testing, and I''ll add it to the list and find a way to mark it as being tested by someone else... prob just another column like you suggested, but call it
Tester or Reviewer.


Anything with a null in that column is fair game then. I was going to submit a few tonight, but too tired to start it.

I would give access to the spreadsheet to others, but I prefer to edit in Excel and upload it, so sharing the Google Doc is not a viable option.
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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 jenncard » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:44 pm

I don't want to confound the results, but I've been thinking of setting the street names up something like this:
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1: “e” , 2: 'e' , 3: e. , 4: “e.” , 5: 'e.' , 6: e

or (different street name), at least for this particular case with trying to pick out "ee" vs. "east",
Code: Select all
1: “E” Rd, 2: 'E' Rd, 3: E. Rd, 4: “E.” Rd, 5: 'E.' Rd

The numbers and colons would serve to more easily isolate what works.
Thoughts?

Also, for "/ "(slash space) results ... I don't recall if the TTS actually said "slash", but the big kicker is that the missing space BEFORE the slash seems to break the translation engine for the previous abbreviation into the proper word.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby sketch » Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:19 am

I have a "Robert E Lee Blvd" which TTS would prononuce as "Robert East Lee Boulevard", so I added a period after the E -- "Robert E. Lee Blvd" -- and now it pronounces it as "Robert East. Lee Boulevard"; the same, but with a pause in the middle.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby jenncard » Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:44 am

Interesting. So the period also converts to a pause? Perhaps this might be an idea for the other post re: ramp naming.... "Exit 123: I-70 W. Grand Junction"
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby sketch » Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:56 am

jenncard wrote:Interesting. So the period also converts to a pause? Perhaps this might be an idea for the other post re: ramp naming.... "Exit 123: I-70 W. Grand Junction"

A possibility, but I dislike this almost as much as I dislike commas, from a logical standpoint :P
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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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