First demo of Dr. Stat

This is a first demo of my chatbot called Dr. Stat. It can answer questions about statistics and help a user select an appropriate statistical technique.

I’ve been working on this for quite a while now. Chatbots certainly aren’t anything new, but chatbots that are useful and display a more ‘natural’ way of conversing are rare. I chose the domain of statistics for two reasons. Firstly, many of my students (and researchers I know) struggle with statistical concepts and I wanted to see if I could create something that would make their lives easier. Secondly, this domain has proven to be suitable for trying out different ideas about dialogue management.

Read on for a transcript with annotations.

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