Information-seeking queries to a virtual assistant can often cover multiple facets of a given topic. For example, a query of the form “what is the latest on covid-19” can reasonably be answered with the latest epidemiological statistics, medical information of disease symptoms, news relating to disease spread, etc. No single interpretation of such a query is likely to meet all of the user's original information-seeking intent. This disclosure describes techniques for answering queries that can include multiple reasonable answers derived from different corpora. The techniques incorporate information from the different corpora and presents it in a manner that obviates the need for a user to understand finer distinctions between the corpora. Effectively, the techniques provide a compound response that is stitched together from available facts, related news stories, and other sources of information to cover the user’s information needs.
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Pankaj, Balpreet Singh; Raman, T.V; Oznur, Gozde; and Lee, Kyunghoon, "Fulfilling Multiple Intent Queries Using Compound Responses", Technical Disclosure Commons, (September 21, 2020)