Words per minute excluding repetitions and errors

Nan Bernstein Ratner nratner at umd.edu
Wed Mar 8 22:43:01 EST 2017


At the risk of disagreeing with friends, I would ask what your intent is?
We often calculate speech rate by EXCLUDING utterances with any of this
extraneous stuff. In other words, we pick target utterances that are
disfluency-free (and often limit to a word length limit for the utterances,
since length of utterance interacts with speech rate.) We do not include
all utterances in our calculations, and in fact, exclude quite a few. We
then also calculate disfluent words or behaviors over intended words. These
two measures can combine to be very informative.

If you are asking about an effective speech rate, I would (only if it's a
monologue) calculate intended words over the total duration to get a rate
that basically informs how many intended words a person produced over a
given time span. The point about disfluencies is that they leech the
transmission of information, making the speaker less effective (for various
reasons).

best regards,
Nan


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On Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 8:38 PM, Davida Fromm <fromm at andrew.cmu.edu> wrote:

> Hi Brie,
>
> The default for the EVAL command is to:
>
>    - exclude repetitions
>    - include target/text replacements -- [: text]
>
>
> If that is what you want to do, you are all set. But depending how you
> transcribed and marked errors in your transcript and what you want to do
> about errors in your analysis, that may not adequately answer your question
> about calculating WMP without errors.
>
> Davida
>
> On Mar 8, 2017, at 8:52 AM, Brielle Stark <brielle.stark at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Hello!
>
> I understand that the Eval command automatically calculates Words per
> Minute. I was wondering if this WPM calculation disregards repetitions; I
> assume it disregards errors. Is there a way that I can specify that I'd
> like a WPM calculation done without repetitions and errors?
>
> Thank you in advance,
>
> Brie
>
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