Estimating the Effectiveness of Conversational Behaviors in a Reading Tutor that Listens.

Gregory Aist and Jack Mostow
AAAI Spring Symposium on Applying Machine Learning to Discourse Processing, March, 1998.


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Abstract
Project LISTEN's Reading Tutor listens to children read aloud, and helps them learn to read. Besides user satisfaction, a primary criterion for tutorial spoken dialogue agents should be educational effectiveness. In order to learn to be more effective, a spoken dialogue agent must be able to evaluate the effect of its own actions. When evaluating the effectiveness of individual actions, rather than comparing a conversational action to "nothing," an agent must compare it to reasonable alternative actions. We describe a methodology for analyzing the immediate effect of a conversational action, and some of the difficulties in doing so. We also describe some preliminary results on evaluating the effectiveness of conversational behaviors in a reading tutor that listens.

Notes
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Project LISTEN
Associated Project(s): Project LISTEN\'s Reading Tutor
Note: Reprinted in Proceedings of the Conference on Automated Learning and Discovery (CONALD98), June 11-13, 1998

Text Reference
Gregory Aist and Jack Mostow, "Estimating the Effectiveness of Conversational Behaviors in a Reading Tutor that Listens.," AAAI Spring Symposium on Applying Machine Learning to Discourse Processing, March, 1998.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Aist_1998_3690,
   author = "Gregory Aist and Jack Mostow",
   title = "Estimating the Effectiveness of Conversational Behaviors in a Reading Tutor that Listens.",
   booktitle = "AAAI Spring Symposium on Applying Machine Learning to Discourse Processing",
   month = "March",
   year = "1998",
   Notes = "Reprinted in Proceedings of the Conference on Automated Learning and Discovery (CONALD98), June 11-13, 1998"
}