Ilze Auziņa


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Quality Focused Approach to a Learner Corpus Development
Roberts Darģis | Ilze Auziņa | Kristīne Levāne-Petrova | Inga Kaija
Proceedings of the 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference

The paper presents quality focused approach to a learner corpus development. The methodology was developed with multiple design considerations put in place to make the annotation process easier and at the same time reduce the amount of mistakes that could be introduced due to inconsistent text correction or carelessness. The approach suggested in this paper consists of multiple parts: comparison of digitized texts by several annotators, text correction, automated morphological analysis, and manual review of annotations. The described approach is used to create Latvian Language Learner corpus (LaVA) which is part of a currently ongoing project Development of Learner corpus of Latvian: methods, tools and applications.


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The Use of Text Alignment in Semi-Automatic Error Analysis: Use Case in the Development of the Corpus of the Latvian Language Learners
Roberts Darģis | Ilze Auziņa | Kristīne Levāne-Petrova
Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018)


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Designing a Speech Corpus for the Development and Evaluation of Dictation Systems in Latvian
Mārcis Pinnis | Askars Salimbajevs | Ilze Auziņa
Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'16)

In this paper the authors present a speech corpus designed and created for the development and evaluation of dictation systems in Latvian. The corpus consists of over nine hours of orthographically annotated speech from 30 different speakers. The corpus features spoken commands that are common for dictation systems for text editors. The corpus is evaluated in an automatic speech recognition scenario. Evaluation results in an ASR dictation scenario show that the addition of the corpus to the acoustic model training data in combination with language model adaptation allows to decrease the WER by up to relative 41.36% (or 16.83% in absolute numbers) compared to a baseline system without language model adaptation. Contribution of acoustic data augmentation is at relative 12.57% (or 3.43% absolute).


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Designing the Latvian Speech Recognition Corpus
Mārcis Pinnis | Ilze Auziņa | Kārlis Goba
Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'14)

In this paper the authors present the first Latvian speech corpus designed specifically for speech recognition purposes. The paper outlines the decisions made in the corpus designing process through analysis of related work on speech corpora creation for different languages. The authors provide also guidelines that were used for the creation of the Latvian speech recognition corpus. The corpus creation guidelines are fairly general for them to be re-used by other researchers when working on different language speech recognition corpora. The corpus consists of two parts ― an orthographically annotated corpus containing 100 hours of orthographically transcribed audio data and a phonetically annotated corpus containing 4 hours of phonetically transcribed audio data. Metadata files in XML format provide additional details about the speakers, noise levels, speech styles, etc. The speech recognition corpus is phonetically balanced and phonetically rich and the paper describes also the methodology how the phonetical balancedness has been assessed.