What is speech-to-text software?
Speech-to-text software is a type of software that effectively takes audio content and transcribes it into written words in a word processor or other display destination.
This type of speech recognition software is extremely valuable for anyone who needs to generate a lot of written content without a lot of manual input. It is also useful for people with disabilities who make it difficult for them to use a keyboard. Speech-to-text software can also be known as speech recognition software.
Although speech-to-text software is typically sold as a stand-alone application, it has also been built into newer operating systems for some devices. Most speech-to-text software programs aimed at helping with transcription focus on recognizing a large vocabulary from a single user or a limited set of users, rather than recognizing a smaller vocabulary from a larger user base.
On the technical side, many speech-to-text software programs break up spoken audio into short "samples" and associate those samples with simple phonemes or units of pronunciation. Complex algorithms then sort the results to predict the word or phrase that was said.
Speech-to-text software has improved somewhat in accuracy and has evolved in general functionality to play a greater role in modern communication over digital platforms.