Updated on 2022-02-22 GMT+08:00

Getting Started with QABot


This section takes the IT call center of an enterprise as an example. The call center answers a large number of IT questions from enterprise employees every day. These questions contain numerous repeated questions. To reduce O&M costs, the call center uses Question Answering Bot (QABot) of Conversational Bot Service (CBS) to answer questions.

This section describes the procedures of purchasing and using a Q&A bot.

Step 1: Buy a Q&A Bot

Before using QABot, you must purchase a Q&A bot first. Purchase a bot named IT Q&A. After buying the bot, you can switch to the bot list to view information about bot IT Q&A. The status of a newly bought bot is Creating. After the bot is successfully created, its status changes to Available.
Figure 1 Q&A bot list

Step 2: Create or Import Q&A Pairs

In the Q&A list, locate the row where the target Q&A bot resides and click Manage Bot. From the navigation pane of the displayed page, choose Knowledge Base > Q&A Pairs. On the displayed page, perform the following operations:

  1. Create the following two question categories: Consulting and Default.
  2. Create Q&A pairs or import Q&A pairs from the call center.
Figure 2 Creating a Q&A pair

Step 3: Start the Dialog

In the upper right corner of the Operational Panel, Knowledge Base, or Advanced Settings page, click Start Dialog.

On the displayed page, enter How can I learn how to play violin? and press Enter. Check whether the answer is correct. You can ask questions based on the actual situation. If the bot cannot answer your questions, you are advised to add related Q&A pairs or extended questions.

Figure 3 Dialog experience

Step 4: Call Q&A APIs

You need to develop a Q&A console and call Q&A APIs on the console to deliver Q&A services.

Step 5: View Operational Information

After a Q&A bot runs for a period of time, you can refer to to view the operational information about bot IT Q&A, including the Q&A data, access data, hot questions, and keyword statistics. Based on the operation information, you can optimize and improve the knowledge base and models.

In addition to the existing operation information, you can also handle unsolved questions or Q&A logs recorded by the system to facilitate optimization of the knowledge base.