Re: Proposed Electronic Ballot Image Format for

From: Alan Dechert <adechert_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Mon Aug 25 2003 - 09:43:05 CDT

In any case, we don't want to get into TTS for the demo, I think.

We can easily record voice prompts and candidate names.

Alan Dechert

----- Original Message -----
From: "Matt Shomphe" <>
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Sent: Monday, August 25, 2003 7:02 AM
Subject: Re: [voting-project] Proposed Electronic Ballot Image Format for

> At 08:18 AM 8/25/2003 -0500, Douglas W. Jones wrote:
> These scanners should have display screens and
> >also text to speech capacity.
> TTS (text-to-speech) for names (e.g., saying a write-in-candidate) is
> appallingly poor. For example, there is no existing commercial
> off-the-shelf system that with recognize my name. In addition, if you
> to SPELL my last name, most COTS systems have language models attached to
> the grammars/reco engines that prevent my last name from being
> recognized. The search space for spelling is huge, so these open-domain
> recognizers typically restrict the search space by using the transitional
> probabilities of English.
> Basically, I would strongly advise against a TTS system. The reco
> are HUGE!
> Matt
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