Predicting User Satisfaction from Turn-Taking in Spoken Conversations

Shammur Absar Chowdhury, Evgeny A. Stepanov, Giuseppe Riccardi

User satisfaction is an important aspect of the user experience while interacting with objects, systems or people. Traditionally user satisfaction is evaluated a-posteriori via spoken or written questionnaires or interviews. In automatic behavioral analysis we aim at measuring the user emotional states and its descriptions as they unfold during the interaction. In our approach, user satisfaction is modeled as the final state of a sequence of emotional states and given ternary values positive, negative, neutral. In this paper, we investigate the discriminating power of turn-taking in predicting user satisfaction in spoken conversations. Turn-taking is used for discourse organization of a conversation by means of explicit phrasing, intonation, and pausing. In this paper, we train different characterization of turn-taking, such as competitiveness of the speech overlaps. To extract turn-taking features we design a turn segmentation and labeling system that incorporates lexical and acoustic information. Given a human-human spoken dialog, our system automatically infers any of the three values of the state of the user satisfaction. We evaluate the classification system on real-life call-center human-human dialogs. The comparative performance analysis shows that the contribution of the turn-taking features outperforms both prosodic and lexical features.

DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2016-859

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Chowdhury, S.A., Stepanov, E.A., Riccardi, G. (2016) Predicting User Satisfaction from Turn-Taking in Spoken Conversations. Proc. Interspeech 2016, 2910-2914.

author={Shammur Absar Chowdhury and Evgeny A. Stepanov and Giuseppe Riccardi},
title={Predicting User Satisfaction from Turn-Taking in Spoken Conversations},
booktitle={Interspeech 2016},