Set of mathematical formulas that analyzes human voice patterns and evaluates the probability of spoken words matching words in the speech recognition vocabulary.
automatic speech recognizer (ASR)
Speech recognition software, sometimes called a speech engine, which listens to human speech and converts the spoken words to text.
carpal tunnel syndrome
Painful, inflammatory condition that affects the carpal or wrist portion of the median nerve. Often associated with repetitive actions such as typing. Can be caused by physical trauma or hereditary conditions that inflame tendons around the nerve, disrupting hand function and resulting in numbness and pain.
continuous speech recognition (CSR)
Speech recognition system that enables users to speak normally, pausing only to give commands and insert punctuation marks.
Speech recognition system that requires the user to pause momentarily between each word.
Company, also known as Dragon Systems, that released the first continuous speech recognition (CSR) product in 1997 with over 30,000 words in its speech dictionary. The product was called NaturallySpeaking.
Unique vocabulary includes technical terms, slang, and phrases not used by the general public. Also called shop talk.
Speech recognition or voice control center providing easy access to speech and handwriting recognition tools in Microsoft Office.
lernout & hauspie
Early leader in the development of speech recognition and translation software. Pioneered many speech recognition technologies and translation tools with Microsoft. Pioneered Natural Language Technology (NLT) commands in its Voice Xpress software.
natural language technology (NLT)
Commands that make speaking to a speech recognition system almost as natural as talking to a person.
First accurate, continuous speech recognition product with over 30,000 words in its speech dictionary.
new paragraph command
Ends a paragraph and moves the insertion point to the next line. Generally, there is more white space between paragraphs than between lines within a paragraph.
Special file that collects data about a user's speech patterns. A user profile enables the speech recognition system to store speech patterns and vocabulary for individual speakers.
repetitive strain injury (RSI)
Condition, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, that causes painful, inflammation that affects parts of the body involved in constantly repeated actions such as typing.
say what you see
Voice-activated technology that enables users to access any function or command visible in a dialog box, menu bar, toolbar, or task pane.
Display messages about the current status of the speech recognition software and warns users if the current speech is too loud or too soft for processing.
Contains words recognized by CSR software. Speech dictionaries containing over 300,000 words are now common.
List of words a speech recognition program recognizes. Only words in the vocabulary can be displayed.
Process in which a user reads a sample script aloud, enabling the speech recognition system to record an individual's unique speech patterns, increasing the accuracy of the conversation from spoken words to the text.
Acronym for the Universal Serial Bus, an interface connection to a personal computer. USB speech recognition headsets and microphones bypass the sound card and input speech more directly and with less distortion into a computer processor.
voice command mode
Enables users to give verbal commands to control menus and format documents in any Microsoft Office application.