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Recent research has shown that effective dialogue management can be achieved through the Partially Observable Markov Decision Process (POMDP) framework. However past research on POMDP-based dialogue systems usually assumed the parameters of the decision process were known a priori. The main contribution of this paper is to present a Bayesian reinforcement learning framework for learning the POMDP parameters online from data, in a decision-theoretic manner. We discuss various approximations and assumptions which can be leveraged to ensure computational tractability, and apply these techniques to learning observation models for several simulated spoken dialogue domains.
Selected Topics in Signal Processing, IEEE Journal of (Volume:6 , Issue: 8 )
Date of Publication: Dec. 2012