Incorporating Politeness across Languages in Customer Care Responses: Towards building a Multi-lingual Empathetic Dialogue Agent

Mauajama Firdaus, Asif Ekbal, Pushpak Bhattacharyya
2020 International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation  
Customer satisfaction is an essential aspect of customer care systems. It is imperative for such systems to be polite while handling the customer requests or demands. In this paper, we present a large multi-lingual conversational dataset for English and Hindi. We choose data from Twitter having both generic and courteous responses between customer care agents and aggrieved users. We also propose strong baselines that can induce courteous behaviour in generic customer care response in a
more » ... gual scenario. We build a deep learning framework that can simultaneously handle different languages and incorporate polite behaviour in the customer care agent's responses. Our system is competent in generating responses in different languages (here, English and Hindi) depending on the customer's preference and also is able to converse with humans in an empathetic manner to ensure customer satisfaction and retention. Experimental results show that our proposed models can converse in both the languages and the information shared between the languages helps in improving the performance of the overall system. Qualitative and quantitative analysis show that the proposed method can converse in an empathetic manner by incorporating courteousness in the responses and hence increasing customer satisfaction.
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