Voice Comparison in LiveCode?

Sean Cole (Pi) sean at pidigital.co.uk
Thu Dec 28 19:40:21 EST 2017

Hi Peter,

I'm going to recommend to you this code source from CMUSphinx. Head for the
main Github source and look at the Android build (link also below). Because
this is in Java, you should be able to write something using the FFS in
LCB. Ignore all the Gradle stuff. Just load in
the pocketsphinx-android/src/main/java/)edu/cmu/pocketsphinx files and bind
to the 'SpeechRecognizer' class and then the various handlers. Also check
out the Sphinx4 project, particularly the allPhone stuff (



Sean Cole
*Pi Digital Productions Ltd*

> > i'm developing an app for cheap Android tablets (e.g. Amazon Fire 7in)
> that allows a user to practice speaking a set of words.  The app plays a
> sample of a word and the user then tries to say the same word.  So far the
> app can play sample words and capture the user's attempts for the same
> words.  The sample words and user attempts are uncompressed WAV files.
> >
> > I'm trying to find the code to do the comparison of 2 WAV files.
> Ideally, the code will be in the following formats (best first):
> >
> > 1. LiveCode
> > 2. Pseudocode
> > 3. Other code (Python, Java, C++ etc.)
> > 4. Academic papers
> >
> > I'm considering 2 general methods:
> >
> > a. Compare 2 voice clips directly
> > b. Convert 2 voice clips to text (using voice-to-text) and then compare
> the words in text format
> >
> > Note that Ali Lloyd from the LiveCode team has developed various things
> to help.  However I've hit problems as follows:
> >
> > a. Ali has wrapped a standard Android sound library that compares 2 WAV
> files and gives a percentage match. However the comparison is either far
> too forgiving or far too strict, i.e. highly unreliable.
> >
> > b. Ali has wrapped a standard Android voice-to-text library which works
> well with the devices he's tried it on.  However, the Amazon tablets do not
> support this Android library!
> >
> > Given the two developments from Ali both relied on preformed blackbox
> code (Android Java libraries), i may have to implement a comparison
> algorithm from scratch. A solution that's completely in LiveCode would have
> several benefits:
> >
> > i. it may work!
> > ii. it may work cross-platform
> > iii. it may be understandable!
> >
> > General reading around this subject produces recommendations such as
> using FFTs (Fast Fourier Transforms), MFCCs (Mel Frequency Cepstral
> Coefficient), etc. but I can't find anything that gives an end-to-end
> method, from sound in to comparative score out!
> >
> > Any help with this would be gratefully received!
> >
> > Peter
> > --
> > Peter Reid
> > Loughborough, UK
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