ELECTRA is a method for self-supervised language representation learning. It can be used to pre-train transformer networks using relatively little compute. ELECTRA models are trained to distinguish "real" input tokens vs "fake" input tokens generated by another neural network, similar to the discriminator of a GAN. AraELECTRA achieves state-of-the-art results on Arabic QA dataset.

For a detailed description, please refer to the AraELECTRA paper AraELECTRA: Pre-Training Text Discriminators for Arabic Language Understanding.

How to use the generator in transformers

from transformers import pipeline

fill_mask = pipeline(

    fill_mask(" عاصمة لبنان هي [MASK] .)


It is recommended to apply our preprocessing function before training/testing on any dataset. Install farasapy to segment text for AraBERT v1 & v2 pip install farasapy

from arabert.preprocess import ArabertPreprocessor

arabert_prep = ArabertPreprocessor(model_name=model_name)

text = "ولن نبالغ إذا قلنا إن هاتف أو كمبيوتر المكتب في زمننا هذا ضروري"


Model HuggingFace Model Name Size (MB/Params)
AraELECTRA-base-generator araelectra-base-generator 227MB/60M
AraELECTRA-base-discriminator araelectra-base-discriminator 516MB/135M


Model Hardware num of examples (seq len = 512) Batch Size Num of Steps Time (in days)
AraELECTRA-base TPUv3-8 - 256 2M 24


The pretraining data used for the new AraELECTRA model is also used for AraGPT2 and AraELECTRA.

The dataset consists of 77GB or 200,095,961 lines or 8,655,948,860 words or 82,232,988,358 chars (before applying Farasa Segmentation)

For the new dataset we added the unshuffled OSCAR corpus, after we thoroughly filter it, to the previous dataset used in AraBERTv1 but with out the websites that we previously crawled:

TensorFlow 1.x models

You can find the PyTorch, TF2 and TF1 models in HuggingFace's Transformer Library under the aubmindlab username

  • wget where MODEL_NAME is any model under the aubmindlab name

If you used this model please cite us as :

    title = "{A}ra{ELECTRA}: Pre-Training Text Discriminators for {A}rabic Language Understanding",
    author = "Antoun, Wissam  and
      Baly, Fady  and
      Hajj, Hazem",
    booktitle = "Proceedings of the Sixth Arabic Natural Language Processing Workshop",
    month = apr,
    year = "2021",
    address = "Kyiv, Ukraine (Virtual)",
    publisher = "Association for Computational Linguistics",
    url = "",
    pages = "191--195",


Thanks to TensorFlow Research Cloud (TFRC) for the free access to Cloud TPUs, couldn't have done it without this program, and to the AUB MIND Lab Members for the continous support. Also thanks to Yakshof and Assafir for data and storage access. Another thanks for Habib Rahal (, for putting a face to AraBERT.


Wissam Antoun: Linkedin | Twitter | Github | |

Fady Baly: Linkedin | Twitter | Github | |


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