[kwlug-disc] Speech to text

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Tue Feb 15 21:36:22 EST 2011

On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 10:58:19AM -0500, Kiwi Ssennyonjo wrote:
> I have clients, doctors that need to find options.

> They have all mentioned Dragon, and how they have not ha much luck
> with it.

I lurk on a list populated by doctors, and they use Dragon and a
medical version of Dragon. The medical version has a medical
vocabulary and thus may require less training. 

Unfortunately Dragon is the leader in this field. There is nothing in
the FLOSS world that compares. There is CMU Sphinx: 


but it is no competition. (Since Dragon bought Macspeech I am not sure
there is even any real competition in the proprietary world!) You can
apparently make Dragon run in Ubuntu, but I think this is outside the
scope of the discussion: 


If you don't want to go with Dragon then your options are to use a
transcription service (which gets into big privacy concerns for
medical doctors if they are in the States), typing, or handwriting
recognition. Here is a thread about these options: 


Many of the people on this mailing list are open source zealots, so if
there was good competition for Dragon I am sure that the issue would
have come up. Unfortunately it has not. 

- Paul


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