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Adaptive Dialogue Strategy Selection through Imprecise Probabilistic Query Answering

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In a human-computer dialogue system, the dialogue strategy can range from very restrictive to highly flexible. Each specific dialogue style has its pros and cons and a dialogue system needs to select the most appropriate style for a given user. During the course of interaction, the dialogue style can change based on a user’s response and the system observation of the user. This allows a dialogue system to understand a user better and provide a more suitable way of communication. Since measures of the quality of the user’s interaction with the system can be incomplete and uncertain, frameworks for reasoning with uncertain and incomplete information can help the system make better decisions when it chooses a dialogue strategy. In this paper, we investigate how to select a dialogue strategy based on aggregating the factors detected during the interaction with the user. For this purpose, we use probabilistic logic programming (PLP) to model probabilistic knowledge about how these factors will affect the degree of freedom of a dialogue. When a dialogue system needs to know which strategy is more suitable, an appropriate query can be executed against the PLP and a probabilistic solution with a degree of satisfaction is returned. The degree of satisfaction reveals how much the system can trust the probability attached to the solution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSymbolic and Quantitative Approaches to Reasoning with Uncertainty
Subtitle of host publication11th European Conference, ECSQARU 2011, Belfast, UK, June 29–July 1, 2011. Proceedings
PublisherSpringer
Pages675-687
Number of pages13
Volume6717
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-22152-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-22151-4
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StatePublished - 2011
Event11th European Conference on Symbolic and Quantitative Approaches to Reasoning with Uncertainty - Belfast, United Kingdom

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Conference11th European Conference on Symbolic and Quantitative Approaches to Reasoning with Uncertainty
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period01/06/201101/06/2011

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