Exploring Early Prediction of Buyer-Seller Negotiation Outcomes

6 Apr 2020  ·  Kushal Chawla, Gale Lucas, Jonathan May, Jonathan Gratch ·

Agents that negotiate with humans find broad applications in pedagogy and conversational AI. Most efforts in human-agent negotiations rely on restrictive menu-driven interfaces for communication. To advance the research in language-based negotiation systems, we explore a novel task of early prediction of buyer-seller negotiation outcomes, by varying the fraction of utterances that the model can access. We explore the feasibility of early prediction by using traditional feature-based methods, as well as by incorporating the non-linguistic task context into a pretrained language model using sentence templates. We further quantify the extent to which linguistic features help in making better predictions apart from the task-specific price information. Finally, probing the pretrained model helps us to identify specific features, such as trust and agreement, that contribute to the prediction performance.

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