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Neural Generation Meets Real People: Towards Emotionally Engaging Mixed-Initiative Conversations

@article{Paranjape2020NeuralGM,
  title={Neural Generation Meets Real People: Towards Emotionally Engaging Mixed-Initiative Conversations},
  author={Ashwin Paranjape and A. See and Kathleen Kenealy and Haojun Li and Amelia Hardy and Peng Qi and Kaushik Ram Sadagopan and Nguyet Minh Phu and Dilara Soylu and Christopher D. Manning},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2020},
  volume={abs/2008.12348}
}
We present Chirpy Cardinal, an open-domain dialogue agent, as a research platform for the 2019 Alexa Prize competition. Building an open-domain socialbot that talks to real people is challenging - such a system must meet multiple user expectations such as broad world knowledge, conversational style, and emotional connection. Our socialbot engages users on their terms - prioritizing their interests, feelings and autonomy. As a result, our socialbot provides a responsive, personalized user… 

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