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I’ve experienced great difficulty while trying to use the impractical Microsoft tool which that company, tongue-in-cheek, refers to as a 'speech recognition' tool. Has anyone used a recognition software that works?

I sent a quick query to Dragon: “Do you guarantee the 99% accuracy that you claim? That would be great. If not 99%, what level of accuracy do you guarantee? Thank you in advance for your response.” For my minimal effort, I expect zero response or an answer that answers somebody else’s questions. Stay tuned.

Here’s the skinny: I can blab incessantly for hours without taking a breath, even underwater, and it would be helpful to record my digressions directly to Word, but do any recognition tools work?

What has been your experience?

I half-plan to plop $50 or $60 on the Dragon product, but I owned a copy of it in my former life, some 15 years ago, and back then it, too, was useless. Dragon advertises 99% accuracy, which I consider unlikely (unless I continuously recite “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”). I’d be satisfied with 95%, possibly even 90%, since even then I’d spend less time fixing foolish translations than I did with Microsoft. I wrote 420 words with my keyboard, using Microsoft Word, then ‘speeched it,’ and it took about 20% longer.

Any thoughts?

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Bisky Scribbles (bisky_scribbles) | 2536 comments Mod
I was offered this software at University. Though I didn't take it because I can't stand to speak outloud and I type about as fast as I can think when it comes to writing anyway.

However, my friend accepted it. She loved the software. It worked really well for her but I think it took alot of editing later.

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thanks bisky. i'd pursue further which specific software your friend used (i'm assuming dragon's) but since it took a lot of editing, i'll pass. i'm trying to speed my processes, not slow them.

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Cassandra Lawson | 91 comments I tried Dragon but it was back in the 90's and I'm sure it's improved. At the time, I got incredibly frustrated trying to teach it words. I also wanted to scream during allergy season because I needed to have it relearn my voice every day. Honestly, I prefer to type anyway. I only used it then because of an injury.

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thanks cassandra. while i'm sure it was annoying at the time, i'm reasonably confident you can see the humor in being a programmer attempting to develop voice recognition systems who is informed for the first time of how allergies impact voices. good stuff.

i sent a message to dragon before inquiring here and asked if they guarantee their claimed accuracy. they haven't responded even now, so i'm letting go of that hope.

i appreciate your input.

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Bisky Scribbles (bisky_scribbles) | 2536 comments Mod
Not sure how accent would play into it. I know Siri can't understand a word I say sometimes.

message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

it didn't occur to me that you have an accent.
not that it occurred to me that you don't, but your comment raised instant and life-threatening questions that the cia won't let me tell you about. please write when you reach guantanamo bay--at least a post card.

as though i'm not off-topic enough, consider writing to me at i have a quick question for you that won't annoy you too much and may have some value to you.

message 8: by Bisky (last edited May 04, 2014 10:48PM) (new)

Bisky Scribbles (bisky_scribbles) | 2536 comments Mod
Overall, I have a 'British' accent. My grandparents had 1940s BBC accents but I grew up Essex, known for its sleazy accent. And I've lived abroad for 5 years where I need to speak with an American accent to be understood.

It's an interesting combination.

(I'll email you now)

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