How does that name sound? Name representation learning using accent-specific speech generation

Aviad Elyashar, Rami Puzis, Michael Fire

Knowledge-Based Systems 227, 107229, 2021

Searching for information about a specific person is a frequent online activity. In most cases, users are aided in the search process by queries containing a name in Web search engines. Typically, Web search engines provide just a few accurate results associated with a name-containing query. Most existing solutions for suggesting synonyms in online search are based on pattern matching and phonetic encoding, however very often, the performance of such solutions is less than optimal. In this paper, we propose SpokenName2Vec, a novel and generic algorithm which addresses the synonym suggestion problem by utilizing automated speech generation, and deep learning to produce novel spoken name embeddings. These embeddings capture the way people pronounce names in a particular language and accent. Utilizing a name’s pronunciation can help detect names that sound alike, but are written differently …