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EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing

, 2011:10

First Online: 05 December 2011Received: 26 July 2011Accepted: 05 December 2011


The main objective of the work presented in this paper was to develop a complete system that would accomplish the original visions of the MALACH project. Those goals were to employ automatic speech recognition and information retrieval techniques to provide improved access to the large video archive containing recorded testimonies of the Holocaust survivors. The system has been so far developed for the Czech part of the archive only. It takes advantage of the state-of-the-art speech recognition system tailored to the challenging properties of the recordings in the archive elderly speakers, spontaneous speech and emotionally loaded content and its close coupling with the actual search engine. The design of the algorithm adopting the spoken term detection approach is focused on the speed of the retrieval. The resulting system is able to search through the 1,000 h of video constituting the Czech portion of the archive and find query word occurrences in the matter of seconds. The phonetic search implemented alongside the search based on the lexicon words allows to find even the words outside the ASR system lexicon such as names, geographic locations or Jewish slang.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1687-4722-2011-10 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Josef Psutka - Jan Švec - Josef V Psutka - Jan Vaněk - Aleš Pražák - Luboš Šmídl - Pavel Ircing


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