[teknoids] Transcription/Dictation software

Brandon Abell babell at PACIFIC.EDU
Thu Feb 24 14:30:30 EST 2011


Criterion B will not be possible -- recognizing and transcribing
individual voices is hard (and flaky) enough as it is, when trying to do
this in an actual conversation it becomes essentially impossible because
people tend to talk over one another and not discretely start and stop
their talking in-turn.  A computer would have a very hard time dealing
with the overlap.

The only way I could think to do it would be to mic each person with a
very directional microphone and use regular speech recognition software
to attempt a transcription of each voice one at a time.  As a practical
matter though, I vote on sending the person to shorthand school.  :-)

Brandon


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Brandon A. Abell
Library Technical Specialist
University of the Pacific
McGeorge School of Law

E-Mail: babell at pacific.edu
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: teknoids-bounces at ruckus.law.cornell.edu [mailto:teknoids-
> bounces at ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Tom Boone
> Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2011 11:16 AM
> To: teknoids at ruckus.law.cornell.edu
> Subject: [teknoids] Transcription/Dictation software
> 
> A staff member here is transcribing hours and hours of mock
> negotiations for an ethical lawyering class and asked about the
> availability of voice recognition software to automate the process
> ("before my hands fall off"). Specifically, she asked if there was
> something that:
> 
> a) could automatically transcribe an audio file;
> b) could recognize different voices and separate out speakers in the
> transcript (each negotiation has three students).
> 
> To my knowledge the best thing available is Dragon Naturally Speaking,
> which claims to accomplish (a) with decent accuracy but not (b).
> 
> Is anyone more knowledgeable about this? Does Dragon do that
> reasonably well? Is there anything on the market that can accomplish
> (b).
> 
> Thanks for the help.
> 
> Tom
> 
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> Tom Boone
> Reference Librarian
> Loyola Law School - Los Angeles
> 213.736.1329
> thomas.boone at lls.edu
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