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Portable translation apparatus
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
The portable translation apparatus provides a plurality of cases, each with a unique device code. Any case can be in communication with any other case at any time, including multiple cases at once. Directional controls allow a user to push the first directional control, then a language choice followed by a push of a second directional control, followed by a second language choice. This procedure can be repeated for simultaneous communication with many cases at once. Pushing both directional controls simultaneously uses the internal cell phone technology to communicate with the remote data base, which updates the case with any needed updates and also allows cell phone communication with the case. Transceivers in both the case and the earpiece provide for earpiece use, and the case microphone can be used along with or instead of the earpiece. The computer port provides for direct computer communication.
Instant personalization security
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
A method and system for instant personalization security are provided. The system includes a platform for a user to open applications and/or access web sites. When an application is integrated with the platform, the identification of the application can be combined with the ID of the user and encrypted into a hashed ID. The application does not have access to the user's fully identifying profile (e.g., UID or other public information). Instead, the application only has access to a pseudonymous profile (e.g., the hashed ID, first name, last initial, small profile pictures, and/or other non-fully identifying profile information) of the user. One or more options are then provided for the user to authorize or reject the application to access the user's fully identifying profile. Upon the user's authorization, an access token is provided to the application to access a subset of the user's fully identifying profile.
Virtual cultural attache
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
A method and system for presenting choices of different translations of a message and corresponding interpretations of the different translations. The message that is input by a sender to be sent to an intended recipient is received. Choices of the different translations of the message and different corresponding interpretations of the different translations are retrieved and presented. The different translations are in a language understood by the recipient. The different interpretations are specific to a culture of the recipient. A selection of a translation of the different translations is received. The selection of the translation is based on a review of the different interpretations by the sender. The selected translation is presented to the recipient.
Apparatus and method for supporting keyword input
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
A keyword input supporting apparatus includes a document acquisition unit that acquires a document having a plurality of components containing text data, a main component selection unit that selects a component having many characters in the text data as a main component, a part-of-speech analysis unit that analyzes the part-of-speech of the text data contained in the main component, and adds a semantic attribute to each of words of the text data, a specific name extraction unit that extracts as a specific name a word, having a predetermined semantic attribute or part of speech, from the words, a specific name storage that stores the specific name together with the corresponding semantic attribute, a keyword candidate classification unit that performs classification of the specific name from the storage as a keyword candidate based on the semantic attribute, and a keyword candidate presentation unit that presents the keyword candidate to a user.
Text analysis methods, text analysis apparatuses, and articles of manufacture
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
Text analysis methods, text analysis apparatuses, and articles of manufacture are described according to some aspects. In one aspect, a text analysis method includes accessing information indicative of data content of a collection of text comprising a plurality of different topics, using a computing device, analyzing the information indicative of the data content, and using results of the analysis, identifying a presence of a new topic in the collection of text.
Method for semantic classification of numeric data sets
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
A system and method for semantically classifying numerical data includes using semantic classification techniques on ‘nearby’ non-numerical data to identify a context whereby opaque data sets of numbers can be semantically classified inside of that context. An Electronic Knowledge Base is used to query against the context and determine the semantics of the opaque numeric data sets.
Hierarchical audio frequency encoding and decoding method and system, hierarchical frequency encoding and decoding method for transient signal
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
Hierarchical audio coding and decoding method and system and hierarchical audio coding and decoding method for transient signals are provided. In the present invention, by introducing a processing method for transient signal frames in the hierarchical audio coding and decoding methods, a segmented time-frequency transform is performed on the transient signal frames, and then the frequency-domain coefficients obtained by transformation are rearranged respectively within the core layer and within the extended layer, so as to perform the same subsequent coding processes, such as bit allocation, frequency-domain coefficient coding, etc., as those on the steady-state signal frames, thus enhancing the coding efficiency of the transient signal frames and improving the quality of the hierarchical audio coding and decoding.
Method and apparatus for downmixing multi-channel audio signals
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
Downmixing multi-channel audio signals to target channels by pre-downmixing frequency coefficients that are encoded using a most frequently used block type in stereo channels in the frequency domain, thereby reducing an amount of calculations and an amount of power required to downmix the multi-channel audio signals.
Attention-based dynamic audio level adjustment
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
In one example, a technique may include outputting, by a computing device associated with a user and for playback at a first volume level by an audio output device, first audio data, receiving, by the computing device, audio input data, and responsive to determining, by the computing device, that the audio input data includes speech associated with an entity different from the user, determining, by the computing device and based at least in part on the audio input data, whether to output second audio data. The method may also include, responsive to determining to output the second audio data: determining, by the computing device, a second volume level lower than the first volume level, and outputting, by the computing device and for playback at the second volume level by the audio output device, the second audio data.
Inferring switching conditions for switching between modalities in a speech application environment extended for interactive text exchanges
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
The disclosed solution includes a method for dynamically switching modalities based upon inferred conditions in a dialog session involving a speech application. The method establishes a dialog session between a user and the speech application. During the dialog session, the user interacts using an original modality and a second modality. The speech application interacts using a speech modality only. A set of conditions indicative of interaction problems using the original modality can be inferred. Responsive to the inferring step, the original modality can be changed to the second modality. A modality transition to the second modality can be transparent the speech application and can occur without interrupting the dialog session. The original modality and the second modality can be different modalities; one including a text exchange modality and another including a speech modality.
System and method for funneling user responses in an internet voice portal system to determine a desired item or servicebackground of the invention
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
A method of funneling user responses in a voice portal system to determine a desired item or service includes (a) querying a user for an attribute value associated with a first particular attribute of the desired item or service; and (b) determining if the attribute value given by the user satisfies an end state. If the end state is not satisfied, steps (a) and (b) are performed with a new particular attribute.
Apparatus and method for controlling output format of information
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
An apparatus for controlling the output format of information is provided. The apparatus includes a communications unit configured to receive information intended for at least one recipient. The apparatus also includes a selection unit, which is configured to automatically detect, based on the at least one recipient, an externally-specified indication of a preferred form of output selected from amongst a plurality of available forms of output. The selection unit causes the information to be outputted in the preferred form of output. A method and a computer program product are also provided for controlling the output format of information.
Simulated conversation by pre-recorded audio navigator
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
A method is provided for a simulated conversation by a pre-recorded audio navigator, with particular application to informational and entertainment settings. A monitor may utilize a navigation interface to select pre-recorded responses in the voice of a character represented by a performer. The pre-recorded responses may then be queued and sent to a speaker proximate to the performer. By careful organization of an audio database including audio buckets and script-based navigation with shifts for tailoring to specific guest user profiles and environmental contexts, a convincing and dynamic simulated conversation may be carried out while providing the monitor with a user-friendly navigation interface. Thus, highly specialized training is not necessary and flexible scaling to large-scale deployments is readily supported.
System and method for generating natural language phrases from user utterances in dialog systems
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
Embodiments of a dialog system that employs a corpus-based approach to generate responses based on a given number of semantic constraint-value pairs are described. The system makes full use of the data from the user input to produce dialog system responses in combination with a template generator. The system primarily utilizes constraint values in order to realize efficiencies based on the more frequent tasks performed in real dialog systems although rhetorical or discourse aspects of the dialog could also be included in a similar way, that is, labeling the data with such information and performing a training process. The benefits of this system include higher quality user-aligned responses, broader coverage, faster response time, and shorter development cycles.
Device, system, and method of liveness detection utilizing voice biometrics
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
Device, system, and method of liveness detection using voice biometrics. For example, a method comprises: generating a first matching score based on a comparison between: (a) a voice-print from a first text-dependent audio sample received at an enrollment stage, and (b) a second text-dependent audio sample received at an authentication stage; generating a second matching score based on a text-independent audio sample; and generating a liveness score by taking into account at least the first matching score and the second matching score.
Noise suppression using multiple sensors of a communication device
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
Techniques are described herein that suppress noise using multiple sensors (e.g., microphones) of a communication device. Noise modeling (e.g., estimation of noise basis vectors and noise weighting vectors) is performed with respect to a noise signal during operation of a communication device to provide a noise model. The noise model includes noise basis vectors and noise coefficients that represent noise provided by audio sources other than a user of the communication device. Speech modeling (e.g., estimation of speech basis vectors and speech weighting) is performed to provide a speech model. The speech model includes speech basis vectors and speech coefficients that represent speech of the user. A noisy speech signal is processed using the noise basis vectors, the noise coefficients, the speech basis vectors, and the speech coefficients to provide a clean speech signal.
Apparatus and method for detecting speech
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
A speech detection apparatus and method are provided. The speech detection apparatus and method determine whether a frame is speech or not using feature information extracted from an input signal. The speech detection apparatus may estimate a situation related to an input frame and determine which feature information is required for speech detection for the input frame in the estimated situation. The speech detection apparatus may detect a speech signal using dynamic feature information that may be more suitable to the situation of a particular frame, instead of using the same feature information for each and every frame.
Systems and methods for blind source signal separation
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
Signal separation techniques based on frequency dependency are described. In one implementation, a blind signal separation process is provided that avoids the permutation problem of previous signal separation processes. In the process, two or more signal sources are provided, with each signal source having recognized frequency dependencies. The process uses these inter-frequency dependencies to more robustly separate the source signals. The process receives a set of mixed signal input signals, and samples each input signal using a rolling window process. The sampled data is transformed into the frequency domain, which provides channel inputs to the inter-frequency dependent separation process. Since frequency dependencies have been defined for each source, the process is able to use the frequency dependency to more accurately separate the signals. The process can use a learning algorithm that preserves frequency dependencies within each source signal, and can remove dependencies between or among the signal sources.
User and vocabulary-adaptive determination of confidence and rejecting thresholds
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
User and vocabulary-adaptive determination of confidence and rejecting thresholds. A confidence measure for voice recognition is provided, by which during a voice recognition, a theoretic identification result is deducible or already given. The recognition process is carried out based upon the theoretic identification result and a confidence measure of the theoretic identification result is further adapted based upon the recognition process.
Method and apparatus for modifying an encoded signal for voice quality enhancement
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
Adaptive Gain Control (AGC) is performed directly in a coded domain. A Coded Domain Adaptive Gain Control (CD-AGC) system modifies at least one parameter of a first encoded signal, resulting in corresponding modified parameter(s). The CD-VQE system replaces the parameter(s) of the first encoded signal with the modified parameter(s), resulting in a second encoded signal. In a decoded state, the second encoded signal approximates a target signal that is a function of two signals, including the first encoded signal and a third encoded signal, in at least a partially decoded states. Thus, the first encoded signal does not have to go through intermediate decode/re-encode processes, which can degrade overall speech quality. Computational resources required for a complete re-encoding are not needed. Overall delay of the system is minimized. The CD-AGC system can be used in any network in which signals are communicated in a coded domain, such as a Third Generation (3G) wireless network.
Digital media player behavioral parameter modification
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
One embodiment of the present invention is a method for playing a portion of a media work which includes steps of: (a) playing the media work; (b) receiving input from a user; and (c) analyzing parameters to determine the portion of the media work to play; (d) altering at least a part of the portion; and (e) playing the portion.
Automated glossary creation
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
A method for creating a glossary of terms, the method including identifying data labels in a computer-based document set, tracing any of the data labels to a computer-readable data source external to the computer-based document set, identifying as synonyms different data labels that are traceable to the same data source, and storing any of the data labels in a computer-readable data store.
Method and apparatus for full natural language parsing
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
The method and apparatus for discriminative natural language parsing, uses a deep convolutional neural network adapted for text and a structured tag inference in a graph. In the method and apparatus, a trained recursive convolutional graph transformer network, formed by the deep convolutional neural network and the graph, predicts “levels” of a parse tree based on predictions of previous levels.
Syntax-based augmentation of statistical machine translation phrase tables
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
Machine translation phrase table augmentation embodiments are described that employ an automatic syntax-based scheme to produce additional phrase pairs and insert them into a phrase table. One general process implementing this augmentation involves inputting one or more syntactic transfer patterns, and for each pattern synthesizing phrases in a source language of the type associated with the pattern using a source language lexicon. Phrases, such as those not found in a monolingual corpus of the source language, are eliminated from the synthesized phrases. Each of the remaining synthesized phrases is then translated into the target language using the syntactic transfer pattern, a bilingual source-to-target language dictionary, and a morphological synthesizer. Those translated phrases not found in a monolingual corpus of the target language are then eliminated. Phrase pairs made up of a remaining translated phrase and its corresponding source language phrase are then added to the phrase table being augmented.
Systems and methods for semi-supervised relationship extraction
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
Systems and methods are disclosed to perform relation extraction in text by applying a convolution strategy to determine a kernel between sentences; applying one or more semi-supervised strategies to the kernel to encode syntactic and semantic information to recover a relational pattern of interest; and applying a classifier to the kernel to identify the relational pattern of interest in the text in response to a query.
Knowledge system method and apparatus
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
A method and apparatus for automating the acquisition, reconstruction, and generation of knowledgebases of associated ideas and using such knowledgebases in many application including machine translation of human languages, search and retrieval of unstructured text, or other data, based on concept search, voice recognition, data compression, and artificial intelligence systems.
Applications for encoding and decoding multi-lingual text in a matrix code symbol
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
A method for preparing a multi-lingual personal identification card includes receiving a multi-lingual text comprising Latin-based characters in a Latin-based language and non-Latin-based characters in a non-Latin-based language. The multi-lingual text includes the name of the holder of the personal identification card in the Latin-based language and the non-Latin-based language. The method converts the non-Latin-based characters in the multi-lingual text to index values to produce a pseudo text. The conversion is based on a predefined mapping that converts the Unicode values of the non-Latin-based characters to index values having fewer digits than the corresponding Unicode values of the non-Latin-based characters. The method receives vector data for a personal image which includes a facial image, a finger print, or a combination of both of the holder of the personal identification card, and encodes the pseudo text and the vector data in the matrix-code symbol.
Delay in video for language translation
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
Disclosed are various embodiments for translation of speech in a video messaging application. A segment of streaming video is decoded to separate the visual component from the audio component. The audio component is then converted to text, which may then be translated and converted to a translation output comprising a new language. In response, the translation output may be encoded with the previously separated visual component. A delay is imposed on the visual component to account for any delays that may arise in translation. The translated video may then be streamed to participants giving the appearance of real-time video conferencing.
Method and apparatus for fast translation memory search
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
Methods and systems for fast translation memory search include, in response to an input query string, identifying a plurality of hypothesis strings stored in a translation memory as candidates to match the query string. One or more candidates are eliminated, using a processor, where string lengths between the candidates and the query string are at least a cutoff value representing a string edit distance. One or more candidates are eliminated where differences in word frequency distributions between the candidates and the query string are at least the cutoff value. One or more candidates are eliminated by employing a dynamic programming matrix where string edit distances between the candidates and the query string are at least the cutoff value. A number of remaining candidates are outputted as matches to the query string.
In-context exact (ICE) matching
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EDT
Methods, systems and program product are disclosed for determining matching level of a text lookup segment with a plurality of source texts in a translation memory in terms of context. The invention determines exact matches for the lookup segment in the plurality of source texts, and determines, in the case that at least one exact match is determined, that a respective exact match is an in-context exact match for the lookup segment in the case that a context of the lookup segment matches that of the respective exact match. Degree of context matching required can be predetermined, and results prioritized. The invention also includes methods, systems and program products for storing a translation pair of source text and target text in a translation memory including context, and the translation memory so formed. The invention ensures that content is translated the same as previously translated content and reduces translator intervention.

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