A knowledge base search is performed using a specified search method or "mode." Possible methods include:

  • Intents
  • Intents Only
  • Text

Intents method

When the Intents method is used, an exact match, text-to-text search is performed first. If a match isn't found by the first search, KnowledgeAI next uses Natural Language Understanding (NLU) algorithms to match the consumer input to articles. And if a match isn't found by the NLU search, a final, text-to-text search is performed as a fallback.

Intents Only method

The Intents Only method is like the Intents method (above) except that the final, text-to-text search isn't performed as a fallback.

Text method

When the Text method is used, a text-to-text search is performed:

You can improve the quality of your knowledge base answers by linking your articles to intents and performing intent-based searches. However, often this change is introduced gradually, as time and opportunity allow. Typically, Text searches are used when you haven’t yet linked your articles to intents.

Be aware that, when a Text search is performed, if a match for the search phrase is found, the associated confidence score is reduced to FAIR_PLUS if either of the following is true:

  • The search phrase has less than three (3) words.
  • The search phrase and the stored content don’t have matched words in sequence (with two deviations).

Therefore, if you’re using a Text search, LivePerson recommends that you test and tune the knowledge base using a threshold of FAIR_PLUS. If you aren’t satisfied with the results, increase the threshold to GOOD.