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A microcomputer-based speech-output system for generating automated weather reports

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5 Author(s)
S. J. Eady ; Speech Technol. Res. Ltd., Victoria, BC, Canada ; B. C. Dickson ; R. C. Snell ; J. R. Woolsey
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The authors describe a microcomputer-based speech-concatenation system that is being developed to produce automated voice output for the broadcast of weather forecasts. The system consists of an inventory of prerecorded speech units (words and phrases of English), and the software that is necessary to translate a weather forecast from a text format into an audio format. Speech units are processed and encoded using residual-excited linear predictive coding. This method allows changes to be made to certain speech parameters without significant degradation in speech quality. Such changes are necessary to ensure that the voice output for weather broadcasts sounds as natural as possible

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Communications, Computers and Signal Processing, 1991., IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on

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9-10 May 1991