Goal-conditioned User Modeling for Dialogue Systems using Stochastic Bi-Automata

Authors: Manex Serras Saenz María Inés Torres Arantza del Pozo Echezarreta

Date: 19.02.2019


Abstract

User Models (UM) are commonly employed to train and evaluate dialogue systems as they generate dialogue samples that simulate end-user behavior. This paper presents a stochastic approach for user modeling based in Attributed Probabilistic Finite State Bi-Automata (A-PFSBA). This framework allows the user model to be conditioned by the dialogue goal in task-oriented dialogue scenarios. In addition, the work proposes two novel smoothing policies that employ the K-nearest A-PFSBA states to infer the next UM action in unseen interactions. Experiments on the Dialogue State Tracking Challenge 2 (DSTC2) corpus provide results similar to the ones obtained through deep learning based user modeling approaches in terms of F1 measure. However the proposed Bi-Automata User Model (BAUM) requires less resources both of memory and computing time.

BIB_text

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title = {Goal-conditioned User Modeling for Dialogue Systems using Stochastic Bi-Automata},
pages = {128-134},
keywds = {
Dialogue Systems, Stochastic Bi-Automata, User Modeling.
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abstract = {

User Models (UM) are commonly employed to train and evaluate dialogue systems as they generate dialogue samples that simulate end-user behavior. This paper presents a stochastic approach for user modeling based in Attributed Probabilistic Finite State Bi-Automata (A-PFSBA). This framework allows the user model to be conditioned by the dialogue goal in task-oriented dialogue scenarios. In addition, the work proposes two novel smoothing policies that employ the K-nearest A-PFSBA states to infer the next UM action in unseen interactions. Experiments on the Dialogue State Tracking Challenge 2 (DSTC2) corpus provide results similar to the ones obtained through deep learning based user modeling approaches in terms of F1 measure. However the proposed Bi-Automata User Model (BAUM) requires less resources both of memory and computing time.


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date = {2019-02-19},
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