Output Configuration

Output Configurations are rather simple as they contain prepared sentences that the Chatbot should reply to the user (depending on the actions coming from the Behavior Rules).

Simple Output Configuration looks like this:

{
"outputSet": [
{
"action": "welcome",
"outputs": [
{
"type": "text",
"valueAlternatives": [
"Welcome! I am E.D.D.I."
]
}
]
}
]
}

The configuration contains an array of outputSet, which can contain one or more output objects.

The minimum amount of values that you need to provide in order be functional are action and outputs.

Now let's look at a more complex output configuration file:

{
"outputSet": [
{
"action": "welcome",
"timesOccurred": 0,
"outputs": [
{
"type": "text",
"valueAlternatives": [
"Welcome!"
]
},
{
"type": "text",
"valueAlternatives": [
"I am E.D.D.I. How are you doing today?"
]
}
],
"quickReplies": [
{
"value": "I am fine",
"expressions": "feeling(fine)"
},
{
"value": "not so good",
"expressions": "feeling(not_good)"
}
]
},
{
"action": "greet",
"timesOccurred": 0,
"outputs": [
{
"type": "text",
"valueAlternatives": [
"Hi there! Nice to meet up! :-)",
"Hello you! It is a pleasure meeting you.. :-)"
]
}
]
},
{
"action": "greet",
"timesOccurred": 1,
"outputs": [
{
"type": "text",
"valueAlternatives": [
"Did we already say hi ?! Well, twice is better than not at all! ;-)",
"I like it if people are polite and greet twice, rather than not at all ;-)"
]
}
]
},
{
"action": "say_goodbye",
"outputs": [
{
"type": "text",
"valueAlternatives": [
"See you soon!"
]
}
]
}
]
}

Explanation of model

Key

Description

action

This will be the "actions" coming from the Behavior Rules. If a rule succeeds, the defined action will be stored in the conversation memory.

outputs

This array of output objects are the outputs that will be replied back to the user in case the action matched the action key. You can define multiple output objects, which represent separate chat bubbles on the client side. If more than one valueAlternatives is defined, one will be picked randomly. If this output will be triggered again in a future conversationStep, then another output of this array will be favored in order to avoid repetition. (If all available outputs have been selected, it is randomized again like in the beginning). The type is mainly there to be able to distinguish the type of output on the client side (e.g. image, video, audio, etc).

quickReplies

This is an array of QuickReply objects. Each object must contain a value, which is the text that should be displayed to the user (e.g. as button) in the conversation flow. The expressions is optional, you can define one or more comma separated expressions that define the meaning of this QuickReply. Those expressions will be temporarily taken into account in the semantic parseri in the next conversationStep. So if a user chooses one of the quick replies, the parser would recognize them (even if not defined in any of the dictionaries explicitly) and resolve them with the expressions defined within this quick reply.

timesOccurred

How often this action should have occurred within that conversation in order to be selected as output to the user (thus, if value of 1, it would be chosen if the action occurs for the second time)