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license: apache-2.0
  - en
  - text-generation
  - non-autoregressive-generation
  - early-exit


The ELMER model was proposed in ELMER: A Non-Autoregressive Pre-trained Language Model for Efficient and Effective Text Generation by Junyi Li, Tianyi Tang, Wayne Xin Zhao, Jian-Yun Nie and Ji-Rong Wen.

The detailed information and instructions can be found https://github.com/RUCAIBox/ELMER.

Model Description

ELMER is an efficient and effective PLM for NAR text generation, which generates tokens at different layers by leveraging the early exit technique.

The architecture of ELMER is a variant of the standard Transformer encoder-decoder and poses three technical contributions:

  1. For decoder, we replace the original masked multi-head attention with bi-directional multi-head attention akin to the encoder. Therefore, ELMER dynamically adjusts the output length by emitting an end token "[EOS]" at any position.
  2. Leveraging early exit, ELMER injects "off-ramps" at each decoder layer, which make predictions with intermediate hidden states. If ELMER exits at the $l$-th layer, we copy the $l$-th hidden states to the subsequent layers.
  3. ELMER utilizes a novel pre-training objective, layer permutation language modeling (LPLM), to pre-train on the large-scale corpus. LPLM permutes the exit layer for each token from 1 to the maximum layer $L$.


To fine-tune ELMER on non-autoregressive text generation:

>>> from transformers import BartTokenizer as ElmerTokenizer
>>> from transformers import BartForConditionalGeneration as ElmerForConditionalGeneration

>>> tokenizer = ElmerTokenizer.from_pretrained("RUCAIBox/elmer")
>>> model = ElmerForConditionalGeneration.from_pretrained("RUCAIBox/elmer")


  title={ELMER: A Non-Autoregressive Pre-trained Language Model for Efficient and Effective Text Generation},
  author={Li, Junyi and Tang, Tianyi and Zhao, Wayne Xin and Nie, Jian-Yun and Wen, Ji-Rong},
  booktitle={EMNLP 2022},