AI benchmarking: Speech-to-Text

A tool designed for simplicity, automation and minimal preparation of test data, developed to meet the needs of broadcasters.

In response to demands from broadcasters and other organizations that process large volumes of A/V content, the EBU has launched and coordinates a framework for benchmarking Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) services. The project is spearheaded by ‘BenchmarkSTT’, a tool designed to facilitate the benchmarking of speech-to-text systems and services.



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Unlike tools used by ML experts in academic settings, BenchmarkSTT targets non-specialists in production environments. It does not require meticulous preparation of test data, and it prioritises simplicity, automation and relative ranking over scientific precision and absolute scores.

With a single command, the tool calculates the accuracy of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) transcripts against a reference. Optionally, the user can apply normalization rules to remove non-significant differences such as case or punctuation. Supporting multiple languages and user-defined normalizations, this CLI tool can be integrated into production workflows to perform real-time benchmarking.

Open Source

This collaborative project is open source.


Contributors and users of the opensource 'STT Benchmarking' explain the tool's principles, useful metrics and applications.

The second part of the webinar addresses developers and provides an overview of the code and guidance for its integration. 


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Broadcast Technology Futures Group

The Broadcast Technology Futures (BTF) group is an alliance of non-industrial Research and Development laboratories at EBU Members organizations. Our aim is to share knowledge and experience in order to develop the future of broadcast technologies; and, where appropriate, to undertake collaborative studies.


The EBU helps Members to enhance and enrich their media by integrating their data from commissioning to distribution taking benefit in advances on Artificial Intelligence.