When does Dragon stop learning?
Thread poster: philgoddard

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Oct 28, 2009

I've been using Dragon for years now (I currently have 8.0), and I'm extremely satisfied with it. But I sometimes wonder whether there is any point correcting words or saving my speech files any more. There are a few words which, no matter how often I train it, it never seems to learn ( "February" and "Numeral 1/2/3 etc" spring to mind).

Does there come a time when it reaches a maximum level of performance?

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Peter Linton  Identity Verified
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Version Oct 29, 2009

Like you, I am extremely satisfied with Dragon, though I too have suffered the February problem.
I think you are right -- Dragon reaches a plateau beyond which improvement is unlikely. I suspect the real answer is not entirely welcome -- to upgrade to a later version. I have noticed a small but distinct and worthwhile improvement at every upgrade to my current version 10. I now get a far greater success rate with February, though as ever enunciation is the key. January February March April -- the very first time I dictated February in this message, when I said the February problem, my enunciation was not quite right, and out came "everyone". But since then, February has come out right first time every time, without any correction.

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Tom Hamilton
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DNS Performance Oct 30, 2009

If you have the need to dictate a lot of numbers you can always utilize Numeric mode. As far as DNS V8 VS. DNS V10 you can find my review here on this forum. http://www.proz.com/forum/speech_recognition/112477-

1. Normal Mode - Dragon listens for dictated text and commands
2. Dictation Mode - No command recognition, only what you verbally speak
3. Command Mode - Only looks for and recognizes commands
4. Spell Mode - Allows spelling out any combination of letters, digits or
5. Numeric Mode - Only interprets numbers

KnowBrainer, Inc. Support Staff – Tom Hamilton
A Nuance Gold Certified Endorsed Vendor

[Edited at 2009-10-30 22:54 GMT]

[Edited at 2009-10-30 22:55 GMT]

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