Robust Dialog State Tracking for Large Ontologies

International Workshop on Spoken Dialog Systems 2016, Finland

Published January 1, 2016

Franck Dernoncourt, J. Lee, Trung Bui, H. Bui

The Dialog State Tracking Challenge 4 (DSTC 4) differentiates itself from the previous three editions as follows: the number of slot-value pairs present in the ontology is much larger, no spoken language understanding output is given, and utterances are labeled at the sub dialog level. This paper describes a novel dialog state tracking method designed to work robustly under these conditions, using elaborate string matching, coreference resolution tailored for dialogs and a few other improvements. The method can correctly identify many values that are not explicitly present in the utterance. On the final evaluation, our method came in first among 7 competing teams and 24 entries. The F1-score achieved by our method was 9 and 7 percentage points higher than that of the runner-up for the utterance-level evaluation and for the sub-dialog-level evaluation, respectively.

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