Question-Answer Selection in User to User Marketplace Conversations

Sellers in user to user marketplaces can be inundated with questions from potential buyers. Answers are often already available in the product description. We collected a dataset of around 590K such questions and answers from conversations in an online marketplace. We propose a question answering system that selects a sentence from the product description using a neural-network ranking model. We explore multiple encoding strategies, with recurrent neural networks and feed-forward attention layers yielding good results. This paper presents a demo to interactively pose buyer questions and visualize the ranking scores of product description sentences from live online listings.

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