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  - crowdsourced
  - crowdsourced
  - en
  - unknown
  - monolingual
pretty_name: BlendedSkillTalk
  - 1K<n<10K
  - original
  - conversational
  - dialogue-generation
paperswithcode_id: blended-skill-talk
    - name: personas
      sequence: string
    - name: additional_context
      dtype: string
    - name: previous_utterance
      sequence: string
    - name: context
      dtype: string
    - name: free_messages
      sequence: string
    - name: guided_messages
      sequence: string
    - name: suggestions
        - name: convai2
          dtype: string
        - name: empathetic_dialogues
          dtype: string
        - name: wizard_of_wikipedia
          dtype: string
    - name: guided_chosen_suggestions
      sequence: string
    - name: label_candidates
        sequence: string
    - name: train
      num_bytes: 10831361
      num_examples: 4819
    - name: validation
      num_bytes: 43961658
      num_examples: 1009
    - name: test
      num_bytes: 44450102
      num_examples: 980
  download_size: 38101408
  dataset_size: 99243121

Dataset Card for "blended_skill_talk"

Table of Contents

Dataset Description

Dataset Summary

A dataset of 7k conversations explicitly designed to exhibit multiple conversation modes: displaying personality, having empathy, and demonstrating knowledge.

Supported Tasks and Leaderboards

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Dataset Structure

Data Instances


  • Size of downloaded dataset files: 38.11 MB
  • Size of the generated dataset: 15.08 MB
  • Total amount of disk used: 53.17 MB

An example of 'train' looks as follows.

  'personas': ['my parents don t really speak english , but i speak italian and english.', 'i have three children.'],
  'additional_context': 'Backstreet Boys',
  'previous_utterance': ['Oh, I am a BIG fan of the Backstreet Boys!  Have you ever seen them performing live?', "No,I listen to their music a lot,  mainly the unbreakable which  is the Backstreet Boys' sixth studio album. "],
  'context': 'wizard_of_wikipedia',
  'free_messages': ['you are very knowledgeable, do you prefer nsync or bsb?', "haha kids of this days don't know them, i'm 46 and i still enjoying them, my kids only listen k-pop", "italian?haha that's strange, i only talk english and a little spanish "],
  'guided_messages': ["i don't have a preference, they are both great. All 3 of my kids get annoyed when I listen to them though.", 'Sometimes I sing their songs in Italian, that really annoys them lol.', 'My parents barely speak English, so I was taught both.  By the way, what is k-pop?'],
  'suggestions': {'convai2': ["i don't have a preference , both are pretty . do you have any hobbies ?", "do they the backstreet boys ? that's my favorite group .", 'are your kids interested in music ?'], 'empathetic_dialogues': ['I actually just discovered Imagine Dragons. I love them!', "Hahaha that just goes to show ya, age is just a umber!'", 'That would be hard! Do you now Spanish well?'], 'wizard_of_wikipedia': ['NSYNC Also had Lance Bass and Joey Fatone, sometimes called the Fat One.', 'Yes, there are a few K-Pop songs that I have heard good big in the USA. It is the most popular in South Korea and has Western elements of pop.', 'English, beleive it or not.']},
  'guided_chosen_suggestions': ['convai2', '', ''],
  'label_candidates': []}

Data Fields

The data fields are the same among all splits.


  • personas: a list of string features.
  • additional_context: a string feature.
  • previous_utterance: a list of string features.
  • context: a string feature.
  • free_messages: a list of string features.
  • guided_messgaes: a list of string features.
  • suggestions: a dictionary feature containing:
    • convai2: a string feature.
    • empathetic_dialogues: a string feature.
    • wizard_of_wikipedia: a string feature.
  • guided_chosen_suggestions: a list of string features.
  • label_candidates: a list of lists of string features.

Data Splits

name train validation test
default 4819 1009 980

Dataset Creation

Curation Rationale

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Source Data

Initial Data Collection and Normalization

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Who are the source language producers?

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Annotation process

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Who are the annotators?

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Personal and Sensitive Information

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Considerations for Using the Data

Social Impact of Dataset

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Discussion of Biases

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Other Known Limitations

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Additional Information

Dataset Curators

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Licensing Information

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Citation Information

    title={Can You Put it All Together: Evaluating Conversational Agents' Ability to Blend Skills},
    author={Eric Michael Smith and Mary Williamson and Kurt Shuster and Jason Weston and Y-Lan Boureau},


Thanks to @lewtun, @thomwolf, @lhoestq, @patrickvonplaten, @mariamabarham for adding this dataset.