Semantic-WER: A Unified Metric for the Evaluation of ASR Transcript for End Usability

06/03/2021 ∙ by Somnath Roy, et al. ∙ 0

Recent advances in supervised, semi-supervised and self-supervised deep learning algorithms have shown significant improvement in the performance of automatic speech recognition(ASR) systems. The state-of-the-art systems have achieved a word error rate (WER) less than 5 researchers have argued the non-suitability of the WER metric for the evaluation of ASR systems for downstream tasks such as spoken language understanding (SLU) and information retrieval. The reason is that the WER works at the surface level and does not include any syntactic and semantic knowledge.The current work proposes Semantic-WER (SWER), a metric to evaluate the ASR transcripts for downstream applications in general. The SWER can be easily customized for any down-stream task.

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