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SPE3 – Releases and Changelogs

     Posted on: 2021-04-16

Speech Engine (SPE) is developed as RESTfull API on top of Phonexia BSAPI. SPE was formerly known as BSAPI-rest (up to v2.x) or as Phonexia Server (up to v3.2.x). Releases Changelogs Speech Engine 3.40.1, DB v1700, BSAPI 3.40.1 (2021-04-16) Public release Fixed: 6th generation STT/KWS stream result may start with words from end of previous stream Fixed: Some licensing error messages are not shown in log Fixed: Missing file names in log messages in SID and SID4 tasks Fixed: Keyword list may not work if XML is used as input and optional fields threshold or pronunciations are used Fixed: phxdamin2…

Phonexia Voice Inspector v3

     Posted on: 2021-04-09

About Phonexia Voice Inspector v3 (VIN3) provides police forces and forensic experts with a highly accurate speaker identification tool during investigation of criminal matters. It uses the power of voice biometry to automatically recognize speakers by their voice. Main features of the VIN3 application: Automatic speaker identification tool to strengthen results of the standard linguistics- and phonetics-based approach Scoring in Likelihood Ratio (LR) – result from a statistical test for a comparison of two hypotheses. The system returns a number from the interval <0, +∞>, which expresses how many times more likely the data are under one hypothesis than the…

Browser3 – Releases and Changelogs

     Posted on: 2021-04-06

Phonexia Browser v3 (Browser3) is developed as client on top of Phonexia Speech Engine v3. Phonexia Browser is a successor of Phonexia Speech Intelligence Resolver v1 (SIR1). This page lists changes in Browser releases. Releases Changelogs Phonexia Browser 3.40.0, BSAPI 3.40.0 (2021-03-26) Public release New: Compatibility with SPE 3.40 Changed: Using new licensing system under the hood (internal change) NOTE: When using Browser with FLS (Floating License Server), you need to upgrade FLS to version 2.x in order to be able to use Browser 3.40+ with FLS. Phonexia Browser v3.30.13, BSAPI 3.30.14 (2021-03-25) Public release Fixed: One more issue in…

LID adaptation

     Posted on: 2021-03-02

This article describes various ways of Language Identification adaptation. Basic terminology Languageprint (*.lp file) – numeric representation of the audio, extracted from audio file for language identification purpose of (similar to “voiceprint”, but representing the spoken language, not the speaking person) Languageprint archive (*.lpa file) – multiple languageprints combined into single archive Creation of languageprint archives is not supported by SPE, these are supported as input only.   Language model – digital characteristics of a specific language Language model can be trained from languageprints (*.lp), language prints archives (*.lpa), or from combination of both. LID language model should not be…

Language Identification (LID)

     Posted on: 2021-02-25

Phonexia Language Identification (LID) will help you distinguish the spoken language or dialect. It will enable your system to automatically route valuable calls to your experts in the given language or to send them to other software for analysis. Application areas Preselecting multilingual sources and routing audio streams/files to language dependent technologies (transcribing, indexing, etc.) Analyzing network traffic media (language statistics) Routing particular calls (languages) to human operators (language experts) Recognized languages Languages pre-trained in default language pack are listed in the table below, each LID generation is separate column (in the 4th generation we switched to using language tags…

Speech Engine configuration file explained

     Posted on: 2021-02-19

In this article we explain details of the Speech Engine configuration file phxspe.properties, located in settings subdirectory in SPE installation location. Settings in this configuration file affect the Speech Engine behavior and performance. The configuration file is usually created after SPE installation – on first use of phxadmin, a default configuration filephxspe.properties is created in the settings directory. The file is loaded during SPE startup, i.e. you need to restart SPE to apply any changes made in the file. If Speech Engine is used together with Phonexia Browser in so-called "embedded" mode (see details about "embedded SPE" mode in Browser…

Arabic dialects in Phonexia LID and STT

     Posted on: 2021-01-18

Arabic language has (a) one standardised variety, and (b) many non-standard varieties (dialects). In this article, our linguistic team explains differences between Modern Standard Arabic and Arabic dialects in the context of Phonexia Arabic models. Standard variety:  Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) All Arabs learn it at school (not from their parents, so we cannot say it is their native variety) It is lingua franca (common language) for the Arabic world – like English for Europeans; however, Arabs speak it much better since they are schooled in MSA from early age MSA is more similar to some dialects (e.g. Levantine), but…

What are STT preferred phrases and how to use them

     Posted on: 2020-11-26

Speech Engine version 3.32 and later includes new STT feature called Preferred phrases. This article explains what is the feature good for, how does it work internally and gives some tips for practical implementation. What are preferred phrases In the speech transcription tasks, there may be situations where similar sounding words get confused, e.g. "WiFi" vs. "HiFi", "route" vs. "root", "cell" vs. "sell", etc. Normally, the language model part of the Speech To Text does its job here and in the context of longer phrase or entire sentence prefers the correct word:  ×    I'm going to cell my car. Hmmm, such…

Speech Engine 3.35.3

     Posted on: 2020-11-24

Speech Engine 3.35.3, DB v1601, BSAPI 3.35.3 (2020-11-24) New Internal support for SAMPA phonetic alphabet Updated STT model RU_RU_A to version 4.5.0 of (updated language model) Updated STT/KWS/PHNREC model AR_XL to version 5.2.0 (updated language model, changed phonemes notation to X-SAMPA) Fixed Cannot create new output stream due to hanging unfinished tasks Task is not removed from pool when result is delivered via Webhook Some log messages contain format placeholder instead of numbers Missing <silence/> label in STT confusion network output STT confusion network contains <silence/> tags with confidence greater than 1.0 Diarization crashes during processing Diarization XL4 crashes on…