5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

An Analysis of Dialogues with Our Dialogue System Through a WWW page

Tadahiko Kumamoto (1), Akira Ito (2)

(1) Communications Research Laboratory, MPT of Japan, Japan
(2) Yamagata University, Japan

Many researchers have been developing natural language dialogue systems as a human-friendly man-machine interface. The human factors in a man-machine dialogue, however, are not obvious enough to understand with regard to how people talk with a dialogue system. 141 dialogues which our dialogue system had in DiaLeague '97 were analyzed at the utterance and dialogue levels, where DiaLeague '97 was the second dialogue contest in which a dialogue system engaged in a dialogue with a human in order to solve a specific problem. For the analyses at the utterance level, we investigated the users' speaking styles, the richness of the users' utterances in a variety of surface patterns, and the influence of the system's utterance pattern on the users' utterance. For the analyses at the dialogue level, we investigated the instances of confusion observed in the 141 dialogues and we also show how the users behaved when the confusion occurred.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kumamoto, Tadahiko / Ito, Akira (1998): "An analysis of dialogues with our dialogue system through a WWW page", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0493.