HyKnow: End-to-End Task-Oriented Dialog Modeling with Hybrid Knowledge Management [article]

Silin Gao, Ryuichi Takanobu, Wei Peng, Qun Liu, Minlie Huang
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Task-oriented dialog (TOD) systems typically manage structured knowledge (e.g. ontologies and databases) to guide the goal-oriented conversations. However, they fall short of handling dialog turns grounded on unstructured knowledge (e.g. reviews and documents). In this paper, we formulate a task of modeling TOD grounded on both structured and unstructured knowledge. To address this task, we propose a TOD system with hybrid knowledge management, HyKnow. It extends the belief state to manage both
more » ... structured and unstructured knowledge, and is the first end-to-end model that jointly optimizes dialog modeling grounded on these two kinds of knowledge. We conduct experiments on the modified version of MultiWOZ 2.1 dataset, where dialogs are grounded on hybrid knowledge. Experimental results show that HyKnow has strong end-to-end performance compared to existing TOD systems. It also outperforms the pipeline knowledge management schemes, with higher unstructured knowledge retrieval accuracy.
arXiv:2105.06041v2 fatcat:fb4gb3xs6jhcnif3yvvoqle4a4