8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Jeju Island, Korea
October 4-8, 2004

Characterizing Task-Oriented Dialog using a Simulated ASR Chanel

Jason D. Williams, Steve Young

Cambridge University, UK

We describe a data collection consisting of task-oriented human-human conversations in a simulated ASR channel in which the WER is systematically varied. We find that users infrequently give a direct indication of having been misunderstood; levels of expert "initiative" increase with WER primarily due to increased grounding activity; and asking task-related questions appears to be a more successful repair strategy at moderate WER levels. A PARADISE analysis finds task completion most predictive of user satisfaction; efficiency is also important at lower WERs.

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Bibliographic reference.  Williams, Jason D. / Young, Steve (2004): "Characterizing task-oriented dialog using a simulated ASR chanel", In INTERSPEECH-2004, 185-188.