Speech recognition is the ability of a computer software to identify words and phrases in spoken language and convert them to human readable text. In this tutorial, we will use SpeechRecognition Python library to do that.
First, let's install the library:
pip3 install speech_recognition
Okey, open up a new Python file and follow along:
import speech_recognition as sr
The nice thing about this library it it supports several recognition engines:
We gonna use Google Speech Recognition here, as it doesn't require any API key.Reading from a File
Make sure you have an audio file in the current directory that contains english speech:
filename = "16-122828-0002.wav"
This file was grabbed from LibriSpeech dataset, but you can bring anything you want, just change the name of the file, let's initialize our speech recognizer:
# initialize the recognizer r = sr.Recognizer()
The below code is responsible for loading the audio file, and converting the speech into text using Google Speech Recognition:
# open the file with sr.AudioFile(filename) as source: # listen for the data (load audio to memory) audio_data = r.record(source) # recognize (convert from speech to text) text = r.recognize_google(audio_data) print(text)
This will take few seconds to finish, as it uploads the file to Google and grabs the output, here is my result:
Reading from the Microphone
I believe you're just talking nonsense
Now let's use our microphone to convert our speech:
with sr.Microphone() as source: # read the audio data from the default microphone audio_data = r.record(source, duration=5) print("Recognizing...") # convert speech to text text = r.recognize_google(audio_data) print(text)
This will hear from your microphone for 5 seconds and then tries to convert that speech into text !
It is pretty similar to the previous code, but we are using Microphone() object here to read the audio from the default microphone, and then we used duration parameter in record() function to stop reading after 5 seconds and then uploads the audio data to Google to get the output text.
You can also use offset parameter in record() function to start recording after offset seconds.Conclusion
As you can see, it is pretty easy and simple to use this library for converting speech to text. This library is widely used out there in the wild, make sure you master it, check their official documentation.
Check the full code.
Happy Coding ♥
Learn the Difference between the most popular Buzzwords in today's tech. World — AI, Machine Learning and Deep Learning
In this article, we are going to discuss we difference between Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning.
Furthermore, we will address the question of why Deep Learning as a young emerging field is far superior to traditional Machine Learning.
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning are popular buzzwords that everyone seems to use nowadays.
But still, there is a big misconception among many people about the meaning of these terms.
In the worst case, one may think that these terms describe the same thing — which is simply false.
A large number of companies claim nowadays to incorporate some kind of “ Artificial Intelligence” (AI) in their applications or services.
But artificial intelligence is only a broader term that describes applications when a machine mimics “ cognitive “ functions that humans associate with other human minds, such as “learning” and “problem-solving”.
On a lower level, an AI can be only a programmed rule that determines the machine to behave in a certain way in certain situations. So basically Artificial Intelligence can be nothing more than just a bunch of if-else statements.
An if-else statement is a simple rule explicitly programmed by a human. Consider a very abstract, simple example of a robot who is moving on a road. A possible programmed rule for that robot could look as follows:
Instead, when speaking of Artificial Intelligence it's only worthwhile to consider two different approaches: Machine Learning and Deep Learning. Both are subfields of Artificial IntelligenceMachine Learning vs Deep Learning
Now that we now better understand what Artificial Intelligence means we can take a closer look at Machine Learning and Deep Learning and make a clearer distinguishment between these two.
Machine Learning incorporates “ classical” algorithms for various kinds of tasks such as clustering, regression or classification. Machine Learning algorithms must be trained on data. The more data you provide to your algorithm, the better it gets.
The “training” part of a Machine Learning model means that this model tries to optimize along a certain dimension. In other words, the Machine Learning models try to minimize the error between their predictions and the actual ground truth values.
For this we must define a so-called error function, also called a loss-function or an objective function … because after all the model has an objective. This objective could be for example classification of data into different categories (e.g. cat and dog pictures) or prediction of the expected price of a stock in the near future.
When someone says they are working with a machine-learning algorithm, you can get to the gist of its value by asking: What’s the objective function?
At this point, you may ask: How do we minimize the error?
One way would be to compare the prediction of the model with the ground truth value and adjust the parameters of the model in a way so that next time, the error between these two values is smaller. This is repeated again and again and again.
Thousands and millions of times, until the parameters of the model that determine the predictions are so good, that the difference between the predictions of the model and the ground truth labels are as small as possible.
In short machine learning models are optimization algorithms. If you tune them right, they minimize their error by guessing and guessing and guessing again.
Machine Learning is a pretty old field and incorporates methods and algorithms that have been around for dozens of years, some of them since as early as the sixties.
Some known methods of classification and prediction are the Naive Bayes Classifier and the Support Vector Machines. In addition to the classification, there are also clustering algorithms such as the well-known K-Means and tree-based clustering. To reduce the dimensionality of data to gain more insights about it’ nature methods such as Principal component analysis and tSNE are used.Deep Learning — The next big Thing
Deep Learning, on the other hand, is a very young field of Artificial Intelligence that is powered by artificial neural networks.
It can be viewed again as a subfield of Machine Learning since Deep Learning algorithms also require data in order to learn to solve tasks. Although methods of Deep Learning are able to perform the same tasks as classic Machine Learning algorithms, it is not the other way round.
Artificial neural networks have unique capabilities that enable Deep Learning models to solve tasks that Machine Learning models could never solve.
All recent advances in intelligence are due to Deep Learning. Without Deep Learning we would not have self-driving cars, chatbots or personal assistants like Alexa and Siri. Google Translate app would remain primitive and Netflix would have no idea which movies or TV series we like or dislike.
We can even go so far as to say that the new industrial revolution is driven by artificial neural networks and Deep Learning. This is the best and closest approach to true machine intelligence we have so far. The reason is that Deep Learning has two major advantages over Machine Learning.Why is Deep Learning better than Machine Learning?
The first advantage is the needlessness of Feature Extraction. What do I mean by this?
Well if you want to use a Machine Learning model to determine whether a given picture shows a car or not, we as humans, must first program the unique features of a car (shape, size, windows, wheels etc.) into the algorithm. This way the algorithm would know what to look after in the given pictures.
In the case of a Deep Learning model, is step is completely unnecessary. The model would recognize all the unique characteristics of a car by itself and make correct predictions.
In fact, the needlessness of feature extraction applies to any other task for a deep learning model. You simply give the neural network the raw data, the rest is done by the model. While for a machine learning model, you would need to perform additional steps, such as the already mentioned extraction of the features of the given data.
The second huge advantage of Deep Learning and a key part in understanding why it’s becoming so popular is that it’s powered by massive amounts of data. The “Big Data Era” of technology will provide huge amounts of opportunities for new innovations in deep learning. To quote Andrew Ng, the chief scientist of China’s major search engine Baidu and one of the leaders of the Google Brain Project:
“ The analogy to deep learning is that the rocket engine is the deep learning models and the fuel is the huge amounts of data we can feed to these algorithms. “
Deep Learning models tend to increase their accuracy with the increasing amount of training data, where’s traditional machine learning models such as SVM and Naive Bayes classifier stop improving after a saturation point.
In this post talks about the differences and relationship between Artificial intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL)
In this post talks about the differences and relationship between Artificial intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL)
**In this tutorial, you will learn: **
Artificial intelligence is imparting a cognitive ability to a machine. The benchmark for **AI **is the human intelligence regarding reasoning, speech, and vision. This benchmark is far off in the future.
AI has three different levels:
Early AI systems used pattern matching and expert systems.What is ML?
Machine learning is the best tool so far to analyze, understand and identify a pattern in the data. One of the main ideas behind Machine Learning is that the computer can be trained to automate tasks that would be exhaustive or impossible for a human being. The clear breach from the traditional analysis is that machine learning can take decisions with minimal human intervention.
Machine learning uses data to feed an algorithm that can understand the relationship between the input and the output. When the machine finished learning, it can predict the value or the class of new data point.What is Deep Learning?
Deep learning is a computer software that mimics the network of neurons in a brain. It is a subset of machine learning and is called deep learning because it makes use of deep neural networks. The machine uses *different *layers to *learn *from the data. The depth of the model is represented by the number of layers in the model. Deep learning is the new state of the art in term of AI. In deep learning, the learning phase is done through a neural network. A neural network is an architecture where the layers are stacked on top of each otherMachine Learning Process
Imagine you are meant to build a program that recognizes objects. To train the model, you will use a classifier. A classifier uses the features of an object to try identifying the class it belongs to.
In the example, the classifier will be trained to detect if the image is a:
The four objects above are the class the classifier has to recognize. To construct a classifier, you need to have some data as input and assigns a label to it. The algorithm will take these data, find a pattern and then classify it in the corresponding class.
This task is called supervised learning. In supervised learning, the training data you feed to the algorithm includes a label.
Training an algorithm requires to follow a few standard steps:
The first step is necessary, choosing the right data will make the algorithm success or a failure. The data you choose to train the model is called a feature. In the object example, the features are the pixels of the images.
Each image is a row in the data while each pixel is a column. If your image is a 28x28 size, the dataset contains 784 columns (28x28). In the picture below, each picture has been transformed into a feature vector. The label tells the computer what object is in the image.
The objective is to use these training data to classify the type of object. The first step consists of creating the feature columns. Then, the second step involves choosing an algorithm to train the model. When the training is done, the model will predict what picture corresponds to what object.
After that, it is easy to use the model to predict new images. For each new image feeds into the model, the machine will predict the class it belongs to. For example, an entirely new image without a label is going through the model. For a human being, it is trivial to visualize the image as a car. The machine uses its previous knowledge to predict as well the image is a car.Deep Learning Process
In deep learning, the *learning *phase is done through a neural network. A neural network is an architecture where the layers are stacked on top of each other.
Consider the same image example above. The training set would be fed to a neural network
Each input goes into a neuron and is multiplied by a weight. The result of the multiplication flows to the next layer and become the input. This process is repeated for each layer of the network. The final layer is named the output layer; it provides an actual value for the regression task and a probability of each class for the classification task. The neural network uses a mathematical algorithm to update the weights of all the neurons. The neural network is fully trained when the value of the weights gives an output close to the reality. For instance, a well-trained neural network can recognize the object on a picture with higher accuracy than the traditional neural net.Automate Feature Extraction using DL
A dataset can contain a dozen to hundreds of features. The system will learn from the relevance of these features. However, not all features are meaningful for the algorithm. A crucial part of machine learning is to find a relevant set of features to make the system learns something.
One way to perform this part in machine learning is to use feature extraction. Feature extraction combines existing features to create a more relevant set of features. It can be done with PCA, T-SNE or any other dimensionality reduction algorithms.
For example, an image processing, the practitioner needs to extract the feature manually in the image like the eyes, the nose, lips and so on. Those extracted features are feed to the classification model.
Deep learning solves this issue, especially for a convolutional neural network. The first layer of a neural network will learn small details from the picture; the next layers will combine the previous knowledge to make more complex information. In the convolutional neural network, the feature extraction is done with the use of the filter. The network applies a filter to the picture to see if there is a match, i.e., the shape of the feature is identical to a part of the image. If there is a match, the network will use this filter. The process of feature extraction is therefore done automatically.Difference between Machine Learning and Deep Learning When to use ML or DL?
In the table below, we summarize ***the difference between machine learning and deep learning. ***
With machine learning, you need fewer data to train the algorithm than deep learning. Deep learning requires an extensive and diverse set of data to identify the underlying structure. Besides, machine learning provides a faster-trained model. Most advanced deep learning architecture can take days to a week to train. The advantage of deep learning over machine learning is it is highly accurate. You do not need to understand what features are the best representation of the data; the neural network learned how to select critical features. In machine learning, you need to choose for yourself what features to include in the model.Summary
Artificial intelligence is imparting a cognitive ability to a machine. Early AI systems used pattern matching and expert systems.
The idea behind machine learning is that the machine can learn without human intervention. The machine needs to find a way to learn how to solve a task given the data.
Deep learning is the breakthrough in the field of artificial intelligence. When there is enough data to train on, **deep learning **achieves impressive results, especially for image recognition and text translation. The main reason is the feature extraction is done automatically in the different layers of the network.
A step-by-step guide to setting up Python for Deep Learning and Data Science for a complete beginner
A step-by-step guide to setting up Python for Deep Learning and Data Science for a complete beginner
You can code your own Data Science or Deep Learning project in just a couple of lines of code these days. This is not an exaggeration; many programmers out there have done the hard work of writing tons of code for us to use, so that all we need to do is plug-and-play rather than write code from scratch.
You may have seen some of this code on Data Science / Deep Learning blog posts. Perhaps you might have thought: “Well, if it’s really that easy, then why don’t I try it out myself?”
If you’re a beginner to Python and you want to embark on this journey, then this post will guide you through your first steps. A common complaint I hear from complete beginners is that it’s pretty difficult to set up Python. How do we get everything started in the first place so that we can plug-and-play Data Science or Deep Learning code?
This post will guide you through in a step-by-step manner how to set up Python for your Data Science and Deep Learning projects. We will:
Once you’ve set up the above, you can build your first neural network to predict house prices in this tutorial here:
The main programming language we are going to use is called Python, which is the most common programming language used by Deep Learning practitioners.
The first step is to download Anaconda, which you can think of as a platform for you to use Python “out of the box”.
Visit this page: https://www.anaconda.com/distribution/ and scroll down to see this:
This tutorial is written specifically for Windows users, but the instructions for users of other Operating Systems are not all that different. Be sure to click on “Windows” as your Operating System (or whatever OS that you are on) to make sure that you are downloading the correct version.
This tutorial will be using Python 3, so click the green Download button under “Python 3.7 version”. A pop up should appear for you to click “Save” into whatever directory you wish.
Once it has finished downloading, just go through the setup step by step as follows:
Click “I Agree”
Choose a destination folder and click Next
Click Install with the default options, and wait for a few moments as Anaconda installs
Click Skip as we will not be using Microsoft VSCode in our tutorials
Click Finish, and the installation is done!
Once the installation is done, go to your Start Menu and you should see some newly installed software:
You should see this on your start menu
Click on Anaconda Navigator, which is a one-stop hub to navigate the apps we need. You should see a front page like this:
Anaconda Navigator Home Screen
Click on ‘Launch’ under Jupyter Notebook, which is the second panel on my screen above. Jupyter Notebook allows us to run Python code interactively on the web browser, and it’s where we will be writing most of our code.
A browser window should open up with your directory listing. I’m going to create a folder on my Desktop called “Intuitive Deep Learning Tutorial”. If you navigate to the folder, your browser should look something like this:
Navigating to a folder called Intuitive Deep Learning Tutorial on my Desktop
On the top right, click on New and select “Python 3”:
Click on New and select Python 3
A new browser window should pop up like this.
Browser window pop-up
Congratulations — you’ve created your first Jupyter notebook! Now it’s time to write some code. Jupyter notebooks allow us to write snippets of code and then run those snippets without running the full program. This helps us perhaps look at any intermediate output from our program.
To begin, let’s write code that will display some words when we run it. This function is called print. Copy and paste the code below into the grey box on your Jupyter notebook:
Your notebook should look like this:
Entering in code into our Jupyter Notebook
Now, press Alt-Enter on your keyboard to run that snippet of code:
Press Alt-Enter to run that snippet of code
You can see that Jupyter notebook has displayed the words “Hello World!” on the display panel below the code snippet! The number 1 has also filled in the square brackets, meaning that this is the first code snippet that we’ve run thus far. This will help us to track the order in which we have run our code snippets.
Instead of Alt-Enter, note that you can also click Run when the code snippet is highlighted:
Click Run on the panel
If you wish to create new grey blocks to write more snippets of code, you can do so under Insert.
Jupyter Notebook also allows you to write normal text instead of code. Click on the drop-down menu that currently says “Code” and select “Markdown”:
Now, our grey box that is tagged as markdown will not have square brackets beside it. If you write some text in this grey box now and press Alt-Enter, the text will render it as plain text like this:
If we write text in our grey box tagged as markdown, pressing Alt-Enter will render it as plain text.
There are some other features that you can explore. But now we’ve got Jupyter notebook set up for us to start writing some code!
Now we’ve got our coding platform set up. But are we going to write Deep Learning code from scratch? That seems like an extremely difficult thing to do!
The good news is that many others have written code and made it available to us! With the contribution of others’ code, we can play around with Deep Learning models at a very high level without having to worry about implementing all of it from scratch. This makes it extremely easy for us to get started with coding Deep Learning models.
For this tutorial, we will be downloading five packages that Deep Learning practitioners commonly use:
The first thing we will do is to create a Python environment. An environment is like an isolated working copy of Python, so that whatever you do in your environment (such as installing new packages) will not affect other environments. It’s good practice to create an environment for your projects.
Click on Environments on the left panel and you should see a screen like this:
Click on the button “Create” at the bottom of the list. A pop-up like this should appear:
A pop-up like this should appear.
Name your environment and select Python 3.7 and then click Create. This might take a few moments.
Once that is done, your screen should look something like this:
Notice that we have created an environment ‘intuitive-deep-learning’. We can see what packages we have installed in this environment and their respective versions.
Now let’s install some packages we need into our environment!
The first two packages we will install are called Tensorflow and Keras, which help us plug-and-play code for Deep Learning.
On Anaconda Navigator, click on the drop down menu where it currently says “Installed” and select “Not Installed”:
A whole list of packages that you have not installed will appear like this:
Search for “tensorflow”, and click the checkbox for both “keras” and “tensorflow”. Then, click “Apply” on the bottom right of your screen:
A pop up should appear like this:
Click Apply and wait for a few moments. Once that’s done, we will have Keras and Tensorflow installed in our environment!
Using the same method, let’s install the packages ‘pandas’, ‘scikit-learn’ and ‘matplotlib’. These are common packages that data scientists use to process the data as well as to visualize nice graphs in Jupyter notebook.
This is what you should see on your Anaconda Navigator for each of the packages.
Installing pandas into your environment
Installing scikit-learn into your environment
Installing matplotlib into your environment
Once it’s done, go back to “Home” on the left panel of Anaconda Navigator. You should see a screen like this, where it says “Applications on intuitive-deep-learning” at the top:
Now, we have to install Jupyter notebook in this environment. So click the green button “Install” under the Jupyter notebook logo. It will take a few moments (again). Once it’s done installing, the Jupyter notebook panel should look like this:
Click on Launch, and the Jupyter notebook app should open.
Create a notebook and type in these five snippets of code and click Alt-Enter. This code tells the notebook that we will be using the five packages that you installed with Anaconda Navigator earlier in the tutorial.
import tensorflow as tf import keras import pandas import sklearn import matplotlib
If there are no errors, then congratulations — you’ve got everything installed correctly:
A sign that everything works!
If you have had any trouble with any of the steps above, please feel free to comment below and I’ll help you out!
*Originally published by Joseph Lee Wei En at *medium.freecodecamp.org