Chapter 2. The Simulations
Table 2.3: Errors on the regular and irregular words for the fixation net.
on a list of regular, ambiguous and exception words taken from Plaut et al. (1996). Note that for this test only words that appeared in the training corpus were taken. The lists of the words can be found in appendix A. The list of regular words contains 92 elements (corresponding to 460 events) , the list of irregular words contains 61 elements (305 events) and the list of ambiguous words contains 19 elements (95 events). Table 2.2 shows the results of these tests. The control network only made one error on the irregular word list, getting all the regular and ambiguous words correct. The error was made on the 0.08 frequency word chic, pronouncing it as /Jiik/ instead of /Siik/ at fixation position 5. The fixation net made 2 errors on the regular words, 4 on the irregular words and none on the ambiguous words. The details of the errors can be found in table 2.3. All but one of the errors are made on low frequency words with a frequency less than 0.1. These tests show that both networks have learned to pronounce both regular and exception words.