Unified Language Model Pre-training for Natural Language Understanding and Generation

33rd Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS 2019) |

This paper presents a new UNIfied pre-trained Language Model (UNILM) that can be fine-tuned for both natural language understanding and generation tasks. The model is pre-trained using three types of language modeling tasks: unidirectional, bidirectional, and sequence-to-sequence prediction. The unified modeling is achieved by employing a shared Transformer network and utilizing specific self-attention masks to control what context the prediction conditions on. UNILM compares favorably with BERT on the GLUE benchmark, and the SQuAD 2.0 and CoQA question answering tasks. Moreover, UNILM achieves new state-ofthe-art results on five natural language generation datasets, including improving the CNN/DailyMail abstractive summarization ROUGE-L to 40.51 (2.04 absolute improvement), the Gigaword abstractive summarization ROUGE-L to 35.75 (0.86 absolute improvement), the CoQA generative question answering F1 score to 82.5 (37.1 absolute improvement), the SQuAD question generation BLEU-4 to 22.12 (3.75 absolute improvement), and the DSTC7 document-grounded dialog response generation NIST-4 to 2.67 (human performance is 2.65). The code and pre-trained models are available at https://github.com/microsoft/unilm.

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UniLM – Unified Language Model Pre-training

October 1, 2019

We develop pre-trained models for natural language understanding (NLU) and generation (NLG) tasks. ***** New October 1st, 2019: UniLM v1 release ***** UniLM v1 (September 30th, 2019): the code and pre-trained models for the NeurIPS 2019 paper entitled "Unified Language Model Pre-training for Natural Language Understanding and Generation". UniLM (v1) achieves the new SOTA results in NLG (especially sequence-to-sequence generation) tasks/benchmarks, including abstractive summarization (the Gigaword and CNN/DM dataset), question generation (the SQuAD QG dataset), etc. UniLM v2: the new pre-training protocol and implementation scheme (coming soon).

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