Microsoft’s Speech Recognition on par with a human

Microsoft researchers have hit a milestone 25 year in the making. Their speech recognition used for many Microsoft products including assistant Cortana has finally reached an error rate of only 5.1 percent, putting it on par with the accuracy of professional human TRANSCRIBERS for the first time ever. About a year ago, the Microsoft team refined its system to reach a 5.9 percent word error rate. Which was generally considered to be the average human error rate, but further work by other researchers suggested that 5.1 percent was closer to the mark for humans professionally transcribing speech heard in a conversation.

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