The classifier is the part of the Chatto bot that takes the user input and decides what
command (intent) it represents. This classification is passed on to the Finite State Machine to decide what transition to execute.
The training text for the classifier is provided in the clf.yml file:
classification: - command: "turn_on" texts: - "turn on" - "on" - command: "turn_off" texts: - "turn off" - "off"
classification you can list the commands and their respective training data under
Currently, there are two types of classifiers: Naïve-Bayes and K-Nearest Neighbors.
By default, Chatto uses a Naïve-Bayes classifier. This model takes the words from the texts as features for classification. The Naïve-Bayes Classifier requires at least two classes to be added.
You can optionally turn on Tf-Idf (Term frequency – Inverse document frequency) with the
parameters field, in the clf.yml file',
model: classifier: naive_bayes # this could be omitted, as naive_bayes is the default classifier parameters: tfidf: true
You can choose a K-Nearest Neighbors (KNN) classifier which uses the average of the fastText word vectors as features for classification. You can specify the number of neighbors under
model: classifier: knn parameters: k: 5 # by default k is set to 1
In order to use the word vectors, you must download your language's model and indicate where this file is located using
file_name. In case you don't want to use all the words from the file, you can indicate how much to load using
truncate (this should be a number between 0 and 1). Lastly, you can decide whether or not to skip the words that are not in the vectors file. If these words are not skipped, their vector will be a zero vector.
model object for KNN would look like this:
model: classifier: knn parameters: k: 5 word_vectors: file_name: ./vectors/wiki.en.vec # where the word vectors file is locatedd truncate: 0.01 # only 1% of the words will be used skip_oov: true
Model save & load
You can save your trained model and/or load your saved model by setting the
load fields in the
model object. The field
directory tells Chatto where to read and write the files to.
For example, you could firstly:
model: classifier: naive_bayes directory: ./my_model/ save: true # the trained model will be saved to ./my_model/
model: classifier: naive_bayes directory: ./my_model/ load: true # the saved model will be laoded from ./my_model/
load will default to
false, in which case the classifier will only be stored in memory during the bot's execution. The default value for
load are set to true, the loaded model will be overwritten.
You can optionally configure the pipeline steps by adding the
pipeline object to the clf.yml file:
pipeline: remove_symbols: true lower: true threshold: 0.3
Currenty, the pipeline steps are:
- Removal of symbols (default
- Conversion into lowercase (default
- Classification threshold (default