Measuring Service Encounter Satisfaction with Customer Service Chatbots using Sentiment Analysis


Chatbots are software-based systems designed to interact with humans using text-based natural language and have attracted considerable interest in online service encounters. In this context, service providers face the challenge of measuring chatbot service encounter satisfaction (CSES), as most approaches are limited to post-interaction surveys that are rarely answered and often biased. As a result, service providers cannot react quickly to service failures and dissatisfied customers. To address this challenge, we investigate the application of automated sentiment analysis methods as a proxy to measure CSES. Therefore, we first compare different sentiment analysis methods. Second, we investigate the relationship between objectively computed sentiment scores of dialogs and subjectively measured CSES values. Third, we evaluate whether this relationship also exists for utterance sequences throughout the dialog. The paper contributes by proposing and applying an automatic and objective approach to use sentiment scores as a proxy to measure CSES.

Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI2019)