SIGdial 2012

13th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue

An End-to-End Evaluation of Two Situated Dialog Systems

Presented by:
Alejandra Lorenzo
Lina M. Rojas Barahona, Alejandra Lorenzo, Claire Gardent

We present and evaluate two state-of-the art dialogue systems developed to support dialog with French speaking virtual characters in the context of a serious game: one hybrid statistical/symbolic and one purely statistical. We conducted a quantitative evaluation where we compare the accuracy of the interpreter and of the dialog manager used by each system; a user based evaluation based on 22 subjects using both the statistical and the hybrid system; and a corpus based evaluation where we examine such criteria as dialog coherence, dialog success, interpretation and generation errors in the corpus of Human-System interactions collected during the user-based evaluation. We show that although the statistical approach is slightly more robust, the hybrid strategy seems to be better at guiding the player through the game.