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Zero-shot SELECTRA: A zero-shot classifier based on SELECTRA

Zero-shot SELECTRA is a SELECTRA model fine-tuned on the Spanish portion of the XNLI dataset. You can use it with Hugging Face's Zero-shot pipeline to make zero-shot classifications.

In comparison to our previous zero-shot classifier based on BETO, zero-shot SELECTRA is much more lightweight. As shown in the Metrics section, the small version (5 times fewer parameters) performs slightly worse, while the medium version (3 times fewer parameters) outperforms the BETO based zero-shot classifier.


from transformers import pipeline
classifier = pipeline("zero-shot-classification", 

    "El autor se perfila, a los 50 años de su muerte, como uno de los grandes de su siglo",
    candidate_labels=["cultura", "sociedad", "economia", "salud", "deportes"],
    hypothesis_template="Este ejemplo es {}."
{'sequence': 'El autor se perfila, a los 50 años de su muerte, como uno de los grandes de su siglo',
 'labels': ['sociedad', 'cultura', 'economia', 'salud', 'deportes'],
 'scores': [0.6450043320655823,

The hypothesis_template parameter is important and should be in Spanish. In the widget on the right, this parameter is set to its default value: "This example is {}.", so different results are expected.

Demo and tutorial

If you want to see this model in action, we have created a basic tutorial using Rubrix, a free and open-source tool to explore, annotate, and monitor data for NLP.

The tutorial shows you how to evaluate this classifier for news categorization in Spanish, and how it could be used to build a training set for training a supervised classifier (which might be useful if you want obtain more precise results or improve the model over time).

You can find the tutorial here.

See the video below showing the predictions within the annotation process (see that the predictions are almost correct for every example).


Model Params XNLI (acc) *MLSUM (acc)
zs BETO 110M 0.799 0.530
zs SELECTRA medium 41M 0.807 0.589
zs SELECTRA small 22M 0.795 0.446

*evaluated with zero-shot learning (ZSL)

  • XNLI: The stated accuracy refers to the test portion of the XNLI dataset, after finetuning the model on the training portion.
  • MLSUM: For this accuracy we take the test set of the MLSUM dataset and classify the summaries of 5 selected labels. For details, check out our evaluation notebook


Check out our training notebook for all the details.


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