12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

Detection of Task-Incomplete Dialogs Based on Utterance-and-Behavior Tag N-Gram for Spoken Dialog Systems

Sunao Hara, Norihide Kitaoka, Kazuya Takeda

Nagoya University, Japan

We propose a method of detecting "task incomplete" dialogs in spoken dialog systems using N-gram-based dialog models. We used a database created during a field test in which inexperienced users used a client-server music retrieval system with a spoken dialog interface on their own PCs. In this study, the dialog for a music retrieval task consisted of a sequence of user and system tags that related their utterances and behaviors. The dialogs were manually classified into two classes: the dialog either completed the music retrieval task or it didn't. We then detected dialogs that did not complete the task, using N-gram probability models or a Support Vector Machine with N-gram feature vectors trained using manually classified dialogs. Off-line and on-line detection experiments were conducted on a large amount of real data, and the results show that our proposed method achieved good classification performance.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hara, Sunao / Kitaoka, Norihide / Takeda, Kazuya (2011): "Detection of task-incomplete dialogs based on utterance-and-behavior tag n-gram for spoken dialog systems", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 1305-1308.