Words per minute excluding repetitions and errors

Brielle Stark brielle.stark at gmail.com
Thu Mar 9 07:33:50 EST 2017


Thanks all. The intent is to transcribe speech from people with chronic
aphasia, who make both semantic and sound errors, and to discount any
semantic and sound errors and only count as correct words that were
correctly semantically related and also correctly pronounced. This is why I
do not want to count the [: target] if it is followed by an error [* s:r]
or [* phon] for example.

Best,

Brie

On Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 10:43 PM, Nan Bernstein Ratner <nratner at umd.edu>
wrote:

> 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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South Carolina
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Aphasia Lab: http://web.asph.sc.edu/aphasia/
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