|SYMBSYS 100   -     Spring 2005
Homework 1: Turing Test
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In this homework you will be judging the quality of state-of-the-art "conversational agents"; systems which carry on spoken-language dialogues with humans.
WHAT TO TURN IN:
Turn in each problem on 3 separate pieces of paper stapled together. Put your name on each page. Problem 1 on the first page, Problem 2 on the second page, and then the rest of the pages should include the post-feedback-questionnaire page from the Blizzard challenge plus the 5 errors.
The following is the announcement from the Blizzard Challenge people which describes what they want you to do.
The Blizzard Challenge 2005:
Evaluating corpus-based speech synthesis on common databases
Speech Synthesis Listening Tests:
In order test synthetic speech generated on computers we would like a number of North American English native speakers in the age range of 18-24 to listen to a set of synthetic utterances built from different voice building techniques.
Each stage will take around 30-60 minutes, and we ask for participants to take part in two stages. We will send participants a $5 Amazon.com voucher for completing the first stage, and an additional $10 Amazon.com voucher for completing the second stage, which should be carried out one to seven days after the first.
Each stage consist of five tests which play various waveform files to the listener who then is asked to score them on a 1-5 scale, or in some tests type in what they hear.
To carry out the listening test please go to
You will be asked to register, then listen to and evaluate a set of sentences. We find it takes around 30-60 minutes to complete all the tests. It is good if you can carry this out in a single session, but you can take a break and return later, continuing from where you left off.
After completing the first stage you must wait at least one day before you continue with the second stage.