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Speech-to-Text

What is Speech-to-Text?

Speech-to-text, also known as speech recognition, allows for the real-time transcription of audio streams into text. This is also known as computer speech recognition. 

This software allows transcribing audio streams to text and acting on them in real-time. Linguistic algorithms are used to sort auditory signals and convert them into words using Unicode characters. This text can be consumed, displayed, and acted upon by applications, tools, and devices as command input.

Examples of Speech-to-Text

Organizations can transform unstructured conversations and customer interactions into rich, structured data for valuable insights through voice analytics. An example of a speech text is characterized by specific vocabulary usage, structuring, and emphasizing key points. Additionally, it allows users to operate applications and devices by voice and through dictation.

Below are some real-life examples of speech-to-text:

1. Voice Typing

Apps allow users to dictate long texts. They can be used for texting, emails, and documents.

2. Voice Commanding

Users can trigger specific actions by voice. Examples of command and control are entering query text by voice and selecting menu items by voice.

3. Voice translation

Customers can use Speech-to-Text technology to communicate with users who speak different languages.

Why is Speech-to-Text important?

72% of people who use voice search devices say they have become a part of their daily routines. Businesses are increasingly implementing voice recognition systems to improve efficiency and accuracy in customer service.

The following are some of the paramount importance of voice recognition so far:

1. Quick document turnaround
For those who need transcription with a quick turnaround, there are several digital solutions and mobile apps that use Speech-to-Text software.

2. Convenient
In an era when so many of us rely on our mobile devices for working and living, Speech-to-Text software makes things easier when we need it, incredibly accessible via a mobile app. It can offer a convenient and user-friendly alternative to typing, whether you use it for dictation, word processing, or navigating the web.

H2O AI Cloud and Speech-to-Text: AI Platform

H2O AI Cloud and Speech-to-Text

H2O Driverless AI employs the techniques of expert data scientists in an easy-to-use application that helps scale your data science efforts. Driverless AI empowers data scientists to work on projects faster using automation and state-of-the-art computing power from GPUs to accomplish tasks in minutes that used to take months. 


Watch or read the transcript of “Ask Me Anything” with Arno Candel to learn more about H2O’s Driverless AI speech-to-text features. Arno talks specifically about speech-to-text capabilities at 17:45 in the video if you want to jump ahead.

Speech-to-Text vs. Other Technologies & Methodologies

Speech-to-Text vs. text to speech

Text-To-Speech is a process in which input text is first analyzed, then processed and understood, and then the text is converted to digital audio and then spoken. Paragraphs, sentences, words, syllables, and letters all use Text-To-Speech. 

Speech to text is a powerful speech-to-Text application that can recognize and translate spoken language into text through computational linguistics. Phonoparagraph, utterance, phono words, diphone, and phoneme all use speech-to-Text.