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Youngsoo Jang, Jiyeon Ham, Byung-Jun Lee, and Kee-Eung Kim (2018)

Cross-language Neural Dialog State Tracker for Large Ontologies using Hierarchical Attention

IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing (TASLP).

 

Dialog state tracking, which refers to identifying the user intent from utterances, is one of the most important tasks in dialog management. In this paper, we present our dialog state tracker developed for the Fifth Dialog State Tracking Challenge, which focused on cross-language adaptation using very scarce machine-translated training data when compared to the size of the ontology. Our dialog state tracker is based on the bi-directional long short-term memory network with a hierarchical attention mechanism in order to spot important words in user utterances. The user intent is predicted by finding the closest keyword in the ontology to the attention-weighted word vector. With the suggested methodology, our tracker can overcome various difficulties due to the scarce training data that existing machine learning based trackers had, such as predicting user intents they haven't seen before. We show that our tracker outperforms other trackers submitted to the challenge with respect to most of the performance measures.

 

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