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    Barry Smith
    Making mistakes when training... what do I do, please?Answered
    Topic posted June 7, 2015 by Barry Smith, tagged How To, Installation and Configuration Topics, Tips and Tricks, Troubleshooting 
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    Making mistakes when training... what do I do, please?
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    Hello,

    I'm training my DNS for use with a supported dictaphone.

    The text used for the training is very long. That's fine, but I simply cannot read 30 minutes-worth of text without the occasional fluffed line. I'm on attempt number 8 of trying to read it all accurately and am losing the plot! [And rather fed-up of the text!]

    Any advice, please?

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    Graham Hendry

    Barry,

    DNS9!  I'm not sure that I can remember so far into the geological past.

    Being serious my initial advice still stands although more recent versions of Dragon (especially 13) require much less initial training and are possibly much more forgiving of "fluffs".

    Althugh I don't have any experimental evidence I don't think that failing to correct a few "fluffs" will reduce the accuracy of the Acoustic Model.  When you read a training text Dragon is analysing the phonetics rather than the individual words/phrases.  In a 30 minute reading there will be many examples of individual phonetics from which the statistical probabiliy is calculated.

    If you are impressed by DNS9 you should find DNS13 even more impressive (given appropriate computer power and a more recent OS).  Do be aware that the Professional and Premium versions of Dragon use exactly the same recognition "engine".  Depending on your usage you may not need the additional (expensive) features of Professional.

    Graham

     

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    • Graham Hendry

      Barry,

      Don't worry!  Dragon is quite capable of "ignoring" the occasional error when dictating a long training text.

      Graham

      PS  It is a good idea to note the version of NaturallySpeaking that you are using - e.g. Premium 13, Professional 12 etc.

    • Barry Smith

      Hello Graham,

      Thank you so much for replying! It's very kind of you.

      Final question: Do you think it's better to pause and repeat the fluffed phrase accurately, or to ignore the fluff and carry on, please? Which is Dragon happier with?

      My version (slight embarrassment) is DNS9 Preferred Wireless. It's been in its box since I bought it about a decade ago. I've been touch-typing almost every day for over 50 years and my fingers are not as keen on speed-typing as they used to be. So, a couple of days ago, I dug Dragon out, set it up and absolutely love it. I'm so impressed that I shall buy the latest pro version in due course. [And of necessity: As I'm sure you know, DNS9 only works on (the clean and efficient) XP and doesn't work on the ridiculously prettified "You do not have permission to do this..." W7!]

      And on that Luddite note,

      Thank you again.

      Barry.

    • Graham Hendry

      Barry,

      DNS9!  I'm not sure that I can remember so far into the geological past.

      Being serious my initial advice still stands although more recent versions of Dragon (especially 13) require much less initial training and are possibly much more forgiving of "fluffs".

      Althugh I don't have any experimental evidence I don't think that failing to correct a few "fluffs" will reduce the accuracy of the Acoustic Model.  When you read a training text Dragon is analysing the phonetics rather than the individual words/phrases.  In a 30 minute reading there will be many examples of individual phonetics from which the statistical probabiliy is calculated.

      If you are impressed by DNS9 you should find DNS13 even more impressive (given appropriate computer power and a more recent OS).  Do be aware that the Professional and Premium versions of Dragon use exactly the same recognition "engine".  Depending on your usage you may not need the additional (expensive) features of Professional.

      Graham

       

    • Barry Smith

      Hello Graham,

      Many thanks for your clear, cheerful and most helpful reply.

      I'm using the 9 version simply because I had it in stock... and, it being ancient, I feel a certain kinship!

      I shall get the latest and use it on this new-fangled W7. [It'll never catch on... what was wrong with 3.1? laugh]

      I've noted, by the way, that Dragon likes powerful processors. The multi-boot PC I use is a serious piece of kit (though I keep an XP o/s - sans internet - because of some specialised software that I need and was never released subsequently). I also loaded it on a laptop with a lesser CPU and the accuracy really dropped in comparison.

      Thank you again. I'll get reading... "Alice was beginning..."

      P.S. If I recall correctly, my version of DNS is actually Dinosaur Naturally Speaking!