Unsupervised Contextual Paraphrase Generation using Lexical Control and Reinforcement Learning

23 Mar 2021  ·  Sonal Garg, Sumanth Prabhu, Hemant Misra, G. Srinivasaraghavan ·

Customer support via chat requires agents to resolve customer queries with minimum wait time and maximum customer satisfaction. Given that the agents as well as the customers can have varying levels of literacy, the overall quality of responses provided by the agents tend to be poor if they are not predefined. But using only static responses can lead to customer detraction as the customers tend to feel that they are no longer interacting with a human. Hence, it is vital to have variations of the static responses to reduce monotonicity of the responses. However, maintaining a list of such variations can be expensive. Given the conversation context and the agent response, we propose an unsupervised frame-work to generate contextual paraphrases using autoregressive models. We also propose an automated metric based on Semantic Similarity, Textual Entailment, Expression Diversity and Fluency to evaluate the quality of contextual paraphrases and demonstrate performance improvement with Reinforcement Learning (RL) fine-tuning using the automated metric as the reward function.

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