FCC: Fusing Conversation History and Candidate Provenance for Contextual Response Ranking in Dialogue Systems

Zihao Wang, Jinho D. Choi, Eugene Agichtein


Response ranking in dialogues plays a crucial role in retrieval-based conversational systems. In a multi-turn dialogue, to capture the gist of a conversation, contextual information serves as essential knowledge to achieve this goal. In this paper, we present a flexible neural framework that can integrate contextual information from multiple channels. Specifically for the current task, our approach is to provide two information channels in parallel,Fusing Conversation history and domain knowledge extracted from Candidate provenance (FCC), where candidate responses are curated, as contextual information to improve the performance of multi-turn dialogue response ranking. The proposed approach can be generalized as a module to incorporate miscellaneous contextual features for other context-oriented tasks. We evaluate our model on the MSDialog dataset widely used for evaluating conversational response ranking tasks. Our experimental results show that our framework significantly outperforms the previous state-of-the-art models, improving Recall@1 by 7% and MAP by 4%. Furthermore, we conduct ablation studies to evaluate the contributions of each information channel, and of the framework components, to the overall ranking performance, providing additional insights and directions for further improvements.

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Proceedings of the International Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems Technology (IWSDS) / 2023


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