Empathetic response generation aims to comprehend the user emotion and then respond to it appropriately. Most existing works merely focus on what the emotion is and ignore how the emotion is evoked, thus weakening the capacity of the model to understand the emotional experience of the user for generating empathetic responses. To tackle this problem, we consider the emotional causality, namely, what feelings the user expresses (i.e., emotion) and why the user has such feelings (i.e., cause). Then, we propose a novel graph-based model with multi-hop reasoning to model the emotional causality of the empathetic conversation. Finally, we demonstrate the effectiveness of our model on EMPATHETICDIALOGUES in comparison with several competitive models.
- Commonsense knowledge graph
- Empathetic response generation
- Multi-hop reasoning
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Management Information Systems
- Information Systems and Management
- Artificial Intelligence