Virtual assistant responses are typically utilitarian in nature, e.g., answering a query, completing a pre-defined task, etc. However, a substantial amount of virtual assistant queries are exploratory in nature, e.g., they pertain to personality, knowledge, etc. An interactive dialog that enables extended conversation is suitable for such queries. This disclosure describes techniques that enable a virtual assistant to conduct an informational conversation or explore a knowledge domain with a user.
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Ni, Allen and Yang, Peng, "Explorative Dialogs And Open-Ended Conversations On Virtual Assistants", Technical Disclosure Commons, (September 30, 2019)