Google Speech Recognition and Machine Translation

With Google's technologies for automatic translation and speech recognition, you can translate texts in 35 languages at translate.google.com or use voice to find a local business with GOOG-411. “When we first created GOOG-411, we had no speech data. Because we had so much query data here at Google (textual queries that people had typed to Google […]

With Google's technologies for automatic translation and speech recognition, you can translate texts in 35 languages at translate.google.com or use voice to find a local business with GOOG-411.

“When we first created GOOG-411, we had no speech data. Because we had so much query data here at Google (textual queries that people had typed to Google Maps), we could already train a pretty good language model. Now, obviously, text is a little different than speech and now that we've also trained on speech, we have better performance than we had back then, but even out of the box we could get good performance on that problem because we had so much textual data,” says Mike Cohen in a chat with Franz Och, machine translation researcher, and Alfred Spector, VP of Research and Special Initiatives at Google.

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