A Decision-Theoretic Approach for Selecting Tutorial Discourse Actions

R. Charles Murray, Kurt Van Lehn, and Jack Mostow
Proceedings of the NAACL 2001 Workshop on Adaptation in Dialogue Systems, July, 2001.


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Abstract
We propose a decision-theoretic architecture for selecting tutorial discourse actions. DT Tutor, an action selection engine which embodies our approach, uses a dynamic decision network to consider the tutor's objectives and uncertain beliefs in adapting to the changing tutorial state. It predicts the effects of the tutor's discourse actions on the tutorial state, including the student's internal state, and then selects the action with maximum expected utility. We illustrate our approach with prototype applications for diverse domains: calculus problem-solving and elementary reading. Formative off-line evaluations assess DT Tutor's ability to select optimal actions quickly enough to keep a student engaged.

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Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Project LISTEN
Note: to appear

Text Reference
R. Charles Murray, Kurt Van Lehn, and Jack Mostow, "A Decision-Theoretic Approach for Selecting Tutorial Discourse Actions," Proceedings of the NAACL 2001 Workshop on Adaptation in Dialogue Systems, July, 2001.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Mostow_2001_3663,
   author = "R. Charles Murray and Kurt Van Lehn and Jack Mostow",
   title = "A Decision-Theoretic Approach for Selecting Tutorial Discourse Actions",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the NAACL 2001 Workshop on Adaptation in Dialogue Systems",
   month = "July",
   year = "2001",
   Notes = "to appear"
}