UFTR: A Unified Framework for Ticket Routing

2 Mar 2020  ·  Jianglei Han, Jing Li, Aixin Sun ·

Corporations today face increasing demands for the timely and effective delivery of customer service. This creates the need for a robust and accurate automated solution to what is formally known as the ticket routing problem... This task is to match each unresolved service incident, or "ticket", to the right group of service experts. Existing studies divide the task into two independent subproblems - initial group assignment and inter-group transfer. However, our study addresses both subproblems jointly using an end-to-end modeling approach. We first performed a preliminary analysis of half a million archived tickets to uncover relevant features. Then, we devised the UFTR, a Unified Framework for Ticket Routing using four types of features (derived from tickets, groups, and their interactions). In our experiments, we implemented two ranking models with the UFTR. Our models outperform baselines on three routing metrics. Furthermore, a post-hoc analysis reveals that this superior performance can largely be attributed to the features that capture the associations between ticket assignment and group assignment. In short, our results demonstrate that the UFTR is a superior solution to the ticket routing problem because it takes into account previously unexploited interrelationships between the group assignment and group transfer problems. read more

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