AAAI Publications, Second AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing

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Speech Synthesis Data Collection for Visually Impaired Person
Masayuki Ashikawa, Takahiro Kawamura, Akihiko Ohsuga

Last modified: 2014-10-14


Crowdsourcing platforms provide attractive solutions for collecting speech synthesis data for visually impaired person. However, quality control problems remain because of low-quality volunteer workers. In this paper, we propose the design of a crowdsourcing system that allows us to devise quality control methods. We introduce four worker selection methods; preprocessing filtering, real-time filtering, post-processing filtering, and guess-processing filtering. These methods include a novel approach that utilizes a collaborative filtering technique in addition to a basic approach involving initial training or use of gold-standard data. These quality control methods improved the quality of collected speech synthesis data. Moreover, we have already collected 140,000 Japanese words from 500 million web data for speech synthesis data.

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