Machine Conversations

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Machine Conversationsis a collection of some of the best research available in the practical arts of machine conversation. The book describes various attempts to create practical and flexible machine conversation - ways of talking to computers in an unrestricted version of English or some other language. While this book employs and advances the theory of dialogue and its linguistic underpinnings, the emphasis is on practice, both in university research laboratories and in company research and development. Since ...

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Overview

Machine Conversationsis a collection of some of the best research available in the practical arts of machine conversation. The book describes various attempts to create practical and flexible machine conversation - ways of talking to computers in an unrestricted version of English or some other language. While this book employs and advances the theory of dialogue and its linguistic underpinnings, the emphasis is on practice, both in university research laboratories and in company research and development. Since the focus is on the task and on the performance, this book provides some of the first-rate work taking place in industry, quite apart from the academic tradition. It also reveals striking and relevant facts about the tone of machine conversations and closely evaluates what users require.
Machine Conversations is an excellent reference for researchers interested in computational linguistics, cognitive science, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, human computer interfaces and machine learning.

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Would they have anything to talk about, seems like the first question to ask and answer. But scientists will be scientists, and here report the latest technical achievements in communicating with machines in a natural human language. They discuss such aspects as human-computer conversation in a cognitive therapy program, the SpeakEasy dialogue controller, deception and suspicion in medical interactions, architectural considerations, a synthetic evaluation of dialogue systems, turn taking versus discourse structure, situated communication with robots, designing for naturalness, and the BABY project. There is no subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Dialogue Programs I have Known and Loved Over 33 Years; K.M. Colby. 2. Comments on Human-Computer Conversation; K.M. Colby. 3. Human-Computer Conversation in A Cognitive Therapy Program; K.M. Colby. 4. Architectural Considerations for Conversational Systems; G. Görz, et al. 5. Conversational Multimedia Interaction; M.T. Maybury. 6. The SpeakEasy Dialogue Controller; G. Ball. 7. Choosing a Response Using Problem Solving Plans and Rhetorical Relations; P. Barboni, D. Sestero. 8. Deception and Suspicion in Medical Interactions; C. Castelfranchi, et al. 9. Parsing Utterances Including Self-Repairs; M. Nakano, A. Shimazu. 10. A Synthetic Evaluation of Dialogue Systems; K. Hasida, Y. Den. 11. Designing for Naturalness in Automated Dialogues; C. Cheepen, J. Monaghan. 12. Turn Taking versus Discourse Structure; J. Cassell, et al. 13. The BABY Project; P.A.P. Rogers, M. Lefley. 14. A Responsive Dialog System; N. Ward, W. Tsukahara. 15. Situated Communication with Robots; J.-T. Milde, et al. 16. LEAP: Language Enabled Applications; B. Alabiso, A. Kronfeld. 17. Converse: a Conversational Companion; B. Batacharia, et al. Index.

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