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Investigation of Language Understanding Impact for Reinforcement Learning Based Dialogue Systems

Abstract · Mar 21, 2017 04:56 ·

cs-cl cs-ai cs-lg

Arxiv Abstract

  • Xiujun Li
  • Yun-Nung Chen
  • Lihong Li
  • Jianfeng Gao
  • Asli Celikyilmaz

Language understanding is a key component in a spoken dialogue system. In this paper, we investigate how the language understanding module influences the dialogue system performance by conducting a series of systematic experiments on a task-oriented neural dialogue system in a reinforcement learning based setting. The empirical study shows that among different types of language understanding errors, slot-level errors can have more impact on the overall performance of a dialogue system compared to intent-level errors. In addition, our experiments demonstrate that the reinforcement learning based dialogue system is able to learn when and what to confirm in order to achieve better performance and greater robustness.

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