This is a BERT model pretrained on texts in the Japanese language.
This version of the model processes input texts with word-level tokenization based on the Unidic 2.1.2 dictionary (available in unidic-lite package), followed by character-level tokenization. Additionally, the model is trained with the whole word masking enabled for the masked language modeling (MLM) objective.
The codes for the pretraining are available at cl-tohoku/bert-japanese.
The model architecture is the same as the original BERT large model; 24 layers, 1024 dimensions of hidden states, and 16 attention heads.
The models are trained on the Japanese version of Wikipedia. The training corpus is generated from the Wikipedia Cirrussearch dump file as of August 31, 2020.
The texts are first tokenized by MeCab with the Unidic 2.1.2 dictionary and then split into characters. The vocabulary size is 6144.
The models are trained with the same configuration as the original BERT; 512 tokens per instance, 256 instances per batch, and 1M training steps. For training of the MLM (masked language modeling) objective, we introduced whole word masking in which all of the subword tokens corresponding to a single word (tokenized by MeCab) are masked at once.
For training of each model, we used a v3-8 instance of Cloud TPUs provided by TensorFlow Research Cloud program. The training took about 5 days to finish.
The pretrained models are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0.
This model is trained with Cloud TPUs provided by TensorFlow Research Cloud program.
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