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 jenncard » Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:36 pm

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):
[*]1: “E” Rd, 2: 'E' Rd, 3: E. Rd, 4: “E.” Rd, 5: 'E.' Rd,
[*]1: “e” Rd, 2: 'e' Rd, 3: e. Rd, 4: “e.” Rd, 5: 'e.' Rd, 6: e Rd,
[*]1: Wash, 2: Wash., 3: WASH, 4: WLS, 5: WELLS, 6: We., 7: UNS, 8: U.S., 9: US, 10: US-50,
[*]1: VALLY, 2: VLYS, 3: VIADCT, 4: VWS, 5: Villge, 6: VLGS, 7: VILLAGES, 8: VLGS, 9: VSTA,
[*]1: Tsse, 2: Thick, 3: Thwy, 4: Tline, 5: TRKS, 6: TR, 7: TRLS, 8: TUNLS, 9: Trnabt, 10: TRPK,
[*]1: St., 2: Sr, 3: Sr., 4: Sent, 5: SHR, 6: SHRS, 7: Smokey Mts,
[*]1: So., 2: SE Fir Dr, 3: Fir Dr SW, 4: SPRNG, 5: SPGS, 6: SPNGS, 7: SPRNGS, 8: SPUR, 9: SQRE,
[*]1: SQS, 2: SQRS, 3: SH-119, 4: STATN, 5: STN, 6: STRM, 7: STREME, 8: STS, 9: Sudiv, 10: So,
[*]1: RADIEL, 2: RADL, 3: RNCHS, 4: Rg, 5: RDGS, 6: RIVR, 7: RVR, 8: RT, 9: Rle, 10: ,
[*]1: PKS, 2: PKY, 3: PKWYS, 4: Pass, 5: Ptway, 6: PKE, 7: PKES, 8: PNE, 9: PLNS, 10: Plat,
[*]1: PLZA, 2: Pte, 3: PTS, 4: PORT, 5: PRTS, 6: Pvt, 7: Prom, 8: , 9: , 10: ,
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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 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 sketch » Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:56 pm

Have you tried "Thwy" yet? That's how it's abbreviated up on the exit signs up in Baton Rouge.
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Re: Test of Text-to-Speech (TTS) Abbreviations in Waze Clien

Postby CBenson » Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:49 pm

I recently passed through this ramp and noticed that "Hwys" does not work as an abbreviation. As far as the "trwy" goes, it sounds like "Trueway" to me.
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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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1329698029-295138-18.tts.zip
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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 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 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 » 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:
Code: Select all
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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