In article <2hmila$3ko at gazette.bcm.tmc.edu> pburch at cmb.bcm.tmc.edu (Paula Burch) writes:
>From: pburch at cmb.bcm.tmc.edu (Paula Burch)
>Subject: DNA sequence input by voice
>Date: 20 Jan 1994 18:31:05 GMT
>Organization: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Tx
>Sender: pburch at roc.mbcr.bcm.tmc.edu (Paula Burch)
>Message-ID: <2hmila$3ko at gazette.bcm.tmc.edu>
>Now that microphones in computers have become commonplace, has anyone
>developed a sequence input program that takes advantage of them?
>(Perhaps something for the Mac 840AV?)
>I think that a lot of people would vastly prefer reading a DNA sequence
>into a file by voice than by any of the various clumsy and/or slow
>and/or expensive devices currently in use.
>It was a disappointment to discover that the tantalizingly-named
>Digispeak works with a Grafbar! There are several programs that 'speak'
>a sequence as it is typed in or entered by a Grafbar device--what we need
>now is the opposite, something that will listen to a human voice.
>Paula E. Burch, Ph.D. Molecular Biology Computational Resource
>Baylor College of Medicine internet: pburch at bcm.tmc.edu>Houston, Texas 77030 phone: (713)798-6023 fax: (713)790-1275
Unfortunatly speech recognition is still an area which requires a lot of
development before a *reliable* workable system will be available. As with
most research in computers this might not take to long: but we're looking at a
serious piece of AI type work and I would'nt hold my breath.
Before the shouts come back: this is'nt to say that some current speech
recognition systems are not impressive: but, in my experience, they are not
reliable anough for an application as you describe: however: if your input is
limited to ATUG (that may be nieve: I'm a systems developer not a biologist)
that is a quite a *nice* limitation to impose on an experimental system...
(brain now buzzing).
What, exaclty, would you require in such a system?
Dept of Anatomy & Physiology,
University of Dundee,
imsweetman at dundee.ac.uk