ChatterBot is a machine-learning based conversational dialog engine build in Python which makes it possible to generate responses based on collections of known conversations. The language independent design of ChatterBot allows it to be trained to speak any language.
An example of typical input would be something like this:
user: Good morning! How are you doing?
bot: I am doing very well, thank you for asking.
user: You’re welcome.
bot: Do you like hats?
How it works
An untrained instance of ChatterBot starts off with no knowledge of how to communicate. Each time a user enters a statement, the library saves the text that they entered and the text that the statement was in response to. As ChatterBot receives more input the number of responses that it can reply and the accuracy of each response in relation to the input statement increase. The program selects the closest matching response by searching for the closest matching known statement that matches the input, it then returns the most likely response to that statement based on how frequently each response is issued by the people the bot communicates with.
This package can be installed from PyPi by running:
pip install chatterbot
from chatterbot import ChatBot from chatterbot.trainers import ChatterBotCorpusTrainer chatbot = ChatBot('Ron Obvious') # Create a new trainer for the chatbot trainer = ChatterBotCorpusTrainer(chatbot) # Train the chatbot based on the english corpus trainer.train("chatterbot.corpus.english") # Get a response to an input statement chatbot.get_response("Hello, how are you today?")
ChatterBot comes with a data utility module that can be used to train chat bots. At the moment there is training data for over a dozen languages in this module. Contributions of additional training data or training data in other languages would be greatly appreciated. Take a look at the data files in the chatterbot-corpus package if you are interested in contributing.
from chatterbot.trainers import ChatterBotCorpusTrainer # Create a new trainer for the chatbot trainer = ChatterBotCorpusTrainer(chatbot) # Train based on the english corpus trainer.train("chatterbot.corpus.english") # Train based on english greetings corpus trainer.train("chatterbot.corpus.english.greetings") # Train based on the english conversations corpus trainer.train("chatterbot.corpus.english.conversations")
Corpus contributions are welcome! Please make a pull request.
View the documentation for ChatterBot on Read the Docs.
To build the documentation yourself using Sphinx, run:
sphinx-build -b html docs/ build/
For examples, see the examples directory in this project’s git repository.
See release notes for changes https://github.com/gunthercox/ChatterBot/releases
Development pattern for contributors
- Create a fork of the main ChatterBot repository on GitHub.
- Make your changes in a branch named something different from
master, e.g. create a new branch
- Create a pull request.
- Please follow the Python style guide for PEP-8.
- Use the projects built-in automated testing. to help make sure that your contribution is free from errors.
ChatterBot is licensed under the BSD 3-clause license.