Speech Confusion Index (Ø): A Recognition Rate Indicator for Dysarthric Speakers

  • Prakasith Kayasith
  • Thanaruk Theeramunkong
  • Nuttakorn Thubthong
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4139)


This paper presents an automated method to help us assess speech quality of a dysarthric speaker, instead of traditional manual methods that are laborious and subjective. The assessment result can also be a good indicator for predicting the accuracy of speech recognition that the speaker can benefit from the current speech technology. The so-called speech confusion index (Ø) is proposed to measure the severity of speech disorder. Based on the dynamic time wrapping (DTW) technique with adaptive slope constraint and accumulate mismatch score, Ø is developed as a measure of difference between two speech signals. Compared to the manual methods, i.e. articulatory and intelligibility tests, the proposed indicator was shown to be more predictive on recognition rate obtained from HMM and ANN. The evaluation was done in terms of three measures, root-mean-square difference, correlation coefficient and rank-order inconsistency. The experimental results on the control set showed that Ø achieved better prediction than both articulatory and intelligibility tests with the average improvement of 9.56% and 7.86%, respectively.


Recognition Rate Speech Recognition Speech Signal Intelligibility Test Speech Recognition System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Prakasith Kayasith
    • 1
    • 2
  • Thanaruk Theeramunkong
    • 1
  • Nuttakorn Thubthong
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Information and Computer Technology, Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT)Thammasat UniversityPathumthaniThailand
  2. 2.Assistive Technology Center, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC)PathumthaniThailand
  3. 3.Acoustics and Speech Research Laboratory (ASRL), Department of Physics, Faculty of ScienceChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand

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