ReadIT - an audio quizbowl reader

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ReadIT - an audio quizbowl reader

Postby ashwin99 » Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:22 pm

Hey, I made a test website called ReadIT, which reads quizbowl tossups to you. You can check it out here: http://epicfaace.github.io/readit/

Rather than try to mess around with computer-generated audio, it uses human recordings of each tossup.

I think this would be useful in situations such as practice -- practicing with the audio is much more realistic than just reading packets by yourself. It could even be used in practices with multiple people if you don't have someone to spare to read.

It could maybe even be used in tournaments, as then you won't need a moderator who is necessarily good at reading -- all they will need to do is play the audio and make sure the answer is correct (and pause the audio when someone buzzes).

Right now, the website only has the first three tossups from the 2015 PACE NSC, as a test. I can envision people recording "audio versions" of sets and uploading them to a central database. What do you think about this idea?

Note: This website is also on GitHub at https://github.com/epicfaace/readit
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Re: ReadIT - an audio quizbowl reader

Postby ezubaric » Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:59 pm

I think this would make a great Android / iOS app, particularly if you could hook up forced Viterbi alignment to verify answers so that someone could play quiz bowl while jogging or walking.

Then you could build up the set of recorded questions by asking them to record a question for every N questions that they listened to.
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Re: ReadIT - an audio quizbowl reader

Postby Auks Ran Ova » Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:45 pm

ezubaric wrote:Then you could build up the set of recorded questions by asking them to record a question for every N questions that they listened to.


Ideally not while jogging!
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Re: ReadIT - an audio quizbowl reader

Postby ashwin99 » Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:41 am

ezubaric wrote:I think this would make a great Android / iOS app, particularly if you could hook up forced Viterbi alignment to verify answers so that someone could play quiz bowl while jogging or walking.

Then you could build up the set of recorded questions by asking them to record a question for every N questions that they listened to.


That might work, but for consistency, it would probably be better if each packet is only recorded by one person.

I was thinking that this would also be useful in practices — especially if you only have a couple people and can't spare someone to read. What do you think?
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Re: ReadIT - an audio quizbowl reader

Postby ezubaric » Thu Jun 23, 2016 12:59 pm

ashwin99 wrote:That might work, but for consistency, it would probably be better if each packet is only recorded by one person.


There's probably a way to do it so that you incrementally build up a reading of a packet over time (or give a bonus if someone reads a whole packet). I think it's best to start out with small requests and build up (there's a theory in the UI community about this sort of thing).

ashwin99 wrote:I was thinking that this would also be useful in practices — especially if you only have a couple people and can't spare someone to read. What do you think?


Yes, of course!
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Re: ReadIT - an audio quizbowl reader

Postby bluejay123 » Thu Jun 23, 2016 2:49 pm

ashwin99 wrote:It could maybe even be used in tournaments, as then you won't need a moderator who is necessarily good at reading -- all they will need to do is play the audio and make sure the answer is correct (and pause the audio when someone buzzes).


It seems like a good idea to me, but a lot of work is required to enact it.
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Re: ReadIT - an audio quizbowl reader

Postby ashwin99 » Sat Jun 25, 2016 9:55 pm

The website UI has been updated and more questions have been added. I would appreciate any feedback on the design and any bug reports.
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Re: ReadIT - an audio quizbowl reader

Postby kyamakawa » Wed May 31, 2017 12:30 am

Hi,
I love this app, but it would be great if there was a speed control and a answer line button alongside perhaps a "reveal the question" widget so that it could help with studying those things. I would love to see this app expand!
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Re: ReadIT - an audio quizbowl reader

Postby ashwin99 » Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:03 pm

kyamakawa wrote:Hi,
I love this app, but it would be great if there was a speed control and a answer line button alongside perhaps a "reveal the question" widget so that it could help with studying those things. I would love to see this app expand!


That's a good idea, but the "reveal the question" would probably require some sort of integration with the Quinterest database.
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