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Multilingual parliament sentiment regression model XLM-R-ParlaSent

This model is based on xlm-r-parla, an XLM-R-large model additionally pre-trained on parliamentary proceedings. The model was fine-tuned on the ParlaSent dataset, a manually annotated selection of sentences of parliamentary proceedings from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czechia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom.

Both the additionally pre-trained model, as well as the training dataset are results of the ParlaMint project. The details on the models and the dataset are described in our paper:

 title={The ParlaSent multilingual training dataset for sentiment identification in parliamentary proceedings},
 rights={All rights reserved},
 abstractNote={Sentiments inherently drive politics. How we receive and process information plays an essential role in political decision-making, shaping our judgment with strategic consequences both on the level of legislators and the masses. If sentiment plays such an important role in politics, how can we study and measure it systematically? The paper presents a new dataset of sentiment-annotated sentences, which are used in a series of experiments focused on training a robust sentiment classifier for parliamentary proceedings. The paper also introduces the first domain-specific LLM for political science applications additionally pre-trained on 1.72 billion domain-specific words from proceedings of 27 European parliaments. We present experiments demonstrating how the additional pre-training of LLM on parliamentary data can significantly improve the model downstream performance on the domain-specific tasks, in our case, sentiment detection in parliamentary proceedings. We further show that multilingual models perform very well on unseen languages and that additional data from other languages significantly improves the target parliament’s results. The paper makes an important contribution to multiple domains of social sciences and bridges them with computer science and computational linguistics. Lastly, it sets up a more robust approach to sentiment analysis of political texts in general, which allows scholars to study political sentiment from a comparative perspective using standardized tools and techniques.},
 note={arXiv:2309.09783 [cs]},
 author={Mochtak, Michal and Rupnik, Peter and Ljubeőić, Nikola},

Annotation schema

The discrete labels, present in the ParlaSent dataset, were mapped to integers as follows:

  "Negative": 0.0,
  "M_Negative": 1.0,
  "N_Neutral": 2.0,
  "P_Neutral": 3.0,
  "M_Positive": 4.0,
  "Positive": 5.0,

The model was then fine-tuned on numeric labels and set up as a regressor.

Finetuning procedure

The fine-tuning procedure is described in the paper, cited above. Presumed optimal hyperparameters used are



Results reported were obtained from 5 fine-tuning runs.

test dataset R^2 MAE
BCS 0.6146 Β± 0.0104 0.7050 Β± 0.0089
EN 0.6722 Β± 0.0100 0.6755 Β± 0.0076

Usage Example

With simpletransformers==0.64.3.

from simpletransformers.classification import ClassificationModel, ClassificationArgs
import torch
model_args = ClassificationArgs(
model = ClassificationModel(model_type="xlmroberta", model_name="classla/xlm-r-parlasent",use_cuda=torch.cuda.is_available(), num_labels=1,args=model_args)
model.predict(["I fully disagree with this argument.", 
               "The ministers are entering the chamber.",
               "Things can always be improved in the future.",
               "These are great news."])


  array([0.11633301, 3.63671875, 4.203125, 5.30859375]),
  array([0.11633301, 3.63671875, 4.203125, 5.30859375])

Large scale use

Bojan tested the example above on a large dataset. He reports execution time can be improved by a factor of five with the use of transformers as follows:

from transformers import AutoModelForSequenceClassification, TextClassificationPipeline, AutoTokenizer,                                                                                               AutoConfig

MODEL = "classla/xlm-r-parlasent"
tokenizer = AutoTokenizer.from_pretrained(MODEL)
config = AutoConfig.from_pretrained(MODEL)
model = AutoModelForSequenceClassification.from_pretrained(MODEL)

pipe = TextClassificationPipeline(model=model, tokenizer=tokenizer, return_all_scores=True,
                                      task='sentiment_analysis', device=0, function_to_apply="none")
    "I fully disagree with this argument.", 
    "The ministers are entering the chamber.",
    "Things can always be improved in the future.",
    "These are great news."
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