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Wednesday February 04, 2015

Google Granted Patent On Annotating Maps With User-Contributed Pronunciations

Google has been granted a patent on a method of determining the most typical pronunciation of a location name on a map by using audio clips submitted by locals.

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A server generates a reference speech model based on user pronunciations, compares the user pronunciations with the speech model and selects a pronunciation based on comparison. Alternatively, the server compares the distance between one the user pronunciations and every other user pronunciations and selects a pronunciation based on comparison. The server then annotates the map with the selected pronunciation and provides the audio output of the location name to a user device upon a user's request.