The database presented here was used in research for a voice search application.

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2 food types databases (FoodDB and FoodDB_large) are presented.

The databases each have 2 database fields:

  1. A general specifier: describes a food ingredient or a dish name

  2. A mode specifier: describes a preparation mode of the ingredient or dish

Furthermore, speech queries with reference transcriptions and a statistical language model are also provided.


FoodDB is based on ‘The Book of Household Management’ by Isabella Beeton [1]. The database contains food types from the index of the book. The speech queries were mined from the audio book version available on LibriVox [2]. For scalability tests, databases with food types from Freebase [3] were used to expand the original database.

[1]:, October, 2015.

[2]:, November, 2009.

[3]:Google, Freebase Data Dumps,, June 30, 2015.

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Author Alec Seynaeve
Last Updated March 6, 2016, 16:26 (UTC)
Created March 6, 2016, 12:44 (UTC)
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