In: Proc. of the 6th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation. International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2008) 6th May 28-30 Marrakech Morocco ELRA 2008.
The statistical component is invoked if a sequence of "trigger" characters is found that may correspond to a foreign name. Their phonetic Pinyin representation is produced and compared to the phonetic representations (SAMPA) of given foreign names, which are generated by the MARY TTS system for German and English pronunciations. This comparison is achieved by a hand-crafted metric that assigns costs to specific edit operations. The person name corresponding to the SAMPA representation with the lowest costs attached is returned as the most similar result, if a threshold is not exceeded. Our evaluation on publicly available data shows competitive results.