System and method for improving the accuracy of audio searching

  • US 7,725,318 B2
  • Filed: 08/01/2005
  • Issued: 05/25/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/30/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for improving the searching of an audio stream with improved accuracy, the method comprising:

  • gathering the audio stream carrying voice of an unknown speaker, by a call recording system;

    determining a plurality of acoustic models;

    indexing said audio stream using said plurality of acoustic models to generate a plurality of phonetic search tracks, at least one of the plurality of phonetic search tracks comprising a first sequence of phonemes;

    collecting at least one keyword;

    processing said plurality of phonetic search tracks and said at least one keyword to obtain a plurality of search results by matching a pattern of phonemes in the at least one keyword with a pattern of phonemes in each of said plurality of phonetic search tracks, such that each of said plurality of search results corresponds to one of said plurality of acoustic models, and each of said plurality of search results indicates whether the at least one keyword was found in one of said plurality of search tracks, wherein each of said plurality of search results includes at least one hit indicating detection of the at least one keyword within one of said plurality of phonetic search tracks, the at least one hit having a time offset; and

    combining said plurality of search results into a unified search result˜

    said combining comprising;

    grouping at least two hits having time offsets which differ in at most a predetermined threshold into a cluster; and

    determining a single hit from the cluster as the unified search result, the single hit indicating that the at least one keyword appears in the audio stream; and

    wherein each of said plurality of acoustic models represents a language or dialect.

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