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Subject [ICASSP 2024] Persona Extraction through Semantic Similarity for Emotional Support Conversation Generation (by Seunghee Han) is accepted in ICASSP 2024
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Date 2023-12-20
Title: Persona Extraction through Semantic Similarity for Emotional Support Conversation Generation

Authors: Seunghee Han,  Se Jin Park,  Chae Won Kim, and Yong Man Ro

Providing emotional support through dialogue systems is becoming increasingly important in today’s world, as it can support both mental health and social interactions in many conversation scenarios. Previous works have shown that using persona is effective for generating empathetic and supportive responses. They have often relied on pre-provided persona rather than inferring them during conversations. However, it is not always possible to obtain a user persona before the conversation begins. To address this challenge, we propose PESS (Persona Extraction through Semantic Similarity), a novel framework that can automatically infer informative and consistent persona from dialogues. We devise completeness loss and consistency loss based on semantic similarity scores. The completeness loss encourages the model to generate missing persona information, and the consistency loss guides the model to distinguish between consistent and inconsistent persona. Our experimental results demonstrate that high-quality persona information inferred by PESS is effective in generating emotionally supportive responses.


IMAGE VIDEO SYSTEM (IVY.) KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (KAIST), ICASSP 2024