Importance-Driven Turn-Bidding for spoken dialogue systems

Ethan O. Selfridge, Peter A. Heeman

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Abstract

Current turn-taking approaches for spoken dialogue systems rely on the speaker releasing the turn before the other can take it. This reliance results in restricted interactions that can lead to inefficient dialogues. In this paper we present a model we refer to as Importance-Driven Turn-Bidding that treats turn-taking as a negotiative process. Each conversant bids for the turn based on the importance of the intended utterance, and Reinforcement Learning is used to indirectly learn this parameter. We find that Importance-Driven Turn-Bidding performs better than two current turntaking approaches in an artificial collaborative slot-filling domain. The negotiative nature of this model creates efficient dialogues, and supports the improvement of mixed-initiative interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACL 2010 - 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of the Conference
Pages177-185
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL 2010 - Uppsala, Sweden
Duration: Jul 11 2010Jul 16 2010

Publication series

NameACL 2010 - 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of the Conference

Other

Other48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL 2010
CountrySweden
CityUppsala
Period7/11/107/16/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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    Selfridge, E. O., & Heeman, P. A. (2010). Importance-Driven Turn-Bidding for spoken dialogue systems. In ACL 2010 - 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of the Conference (pp. 177-185). (ACL 2010 - 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of the Conference).