Dialogue elements are common conversation patterns. We use three different levels of abstraction to discuss AI assistants. This can be helpful in a product team, so that you have a common language which designers, developers, and product owners can use to discuss issues and new features.
highest level: user goals
middle level: dialogue elements
lowest level: intents, entities, actions, slots, and responses.
Some chatbot tools use the word
intent to refer to the user
goal. This is confusing because only some messages tell you what a user’s
goal is. If a user says “I want to open an account” (
that is clearly their goal. But most user messages (“yes”, “what does that mean?”, “I don’t know”)
aren’t specific to one goal. In Rasa, every message has an intent,
and a user goal describes what a person wants to achieve.