Greek RoBERTa Uncased (v1)

Pretrained model on Greek language using a masked language modeling (MLM) objective using Hugging Face's Transformers library. This model is case-sensitive and has no Greek diacritics (uncased, no-accents).

Training data

This model was pretrained on almost 18M unique tweets, all Greek, collected between 2008-2021, from almost 450K distinct users.


The texts are tokenized using a byte version of Byte-Pair Encoding (BPE) and a vocabulary size of 50256. For the tokenizer we splited strings containing any numbers (ex. EU2019 ==> EU 2019). The tweet normalization logic described in the example listed bellow.

import unicodedata
from transformers import pipeline

def normalize_tweet(tweet, do_lower = True, do_strip_accents = True, do_split_word_numbers = False, user_fill = '', url_fill = ''):
    # your tweet pre-processing logic goes here
    # example... 

    # remove extra spaces, escape HTML, replace non-standard punctuation
    # replace any @user with blank
    # replace any link with blank
    # explode hashtags to strings (ex. #EU2019 ==> EU 2019)
    # remove all emojis

    # if do_split_word_numbers:
    #     splited strings containing any numbers 

    # standardize punctuation
    # remove unicode symbols

    if do_lower:
        tweet = tweet.lower()
    if do_strip_accents:
        tweet = strip_accents(tweet)

    return tweet.strip()

def strip_accents(s):
    return ''.join(c for c in unicodedata.normalize('NFD', s)
                  if unicodedata.category(c) != 'Mn')

nlp = pipeline('fill-mask', model = 'cvcio/roberta-el-uncased-twitter-v1')

            '<mask>: Μεγάλη υποχώρηση του ιικού φορτίου σε Αττική και Θεσσαλονίκη'


The model was pretrained on a T4 GPU for 1.2M steps with a batch size of 96 and a sequence length of 96. The optimizer used is Adam with a learning rate of 1e-5, gradient accumulation steps of 8, learning rate warmup for 50000 steps and linear decay of the learning rate after.


Dimitris Papaevagelou - @andefined

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Civic Information Office is a Non Profit Organization based in Athens, Greece focusing on creating technology and research products for the public interest.

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