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Pre-trained sentence embedding models are the state-of-the-art of Sentence Embeddings for French.

Model is Fine-tuned using pre-trained facebook/camembert-large and Siamese BERT-Networks with 'sentences-transformers' on dataset stsb


The model can be used directly (without a language model) as follows:

from sentence_transformers import SentenceTransformer
model =  SentenceTransformer("dangvantuan/sentence-camembert-large")

sentences = ["Un avion est en train de décoller.",
          "Un homme joue d'une grande flûte.",
          "Un homme étale du fromage râpé sur une pizza.",
          "Une personne jette un chat au plafond.",
          "Une personne est en train de plier un morceau de papier.",

embeddings = model.encode(sentences)


The model can be evaluated as follows on the French test data of stsb.

from sentence_transformers import SentenceTransformer
from sentence_transformers.readers import InputExample
from datasets import load_dataset
def convert_dataset(dataset):
    for df in dataset:
        score = float(df['similarity_score'])/5.0  # Normalize score to range 0 ... 1
        inp_example = InputExample(texts=[df['sentence1'], 
                                    df['sentence2']], label=score)
    return dataset_samples

# Loading the dataset for evaluation
df_dev = load_dataset("stsb_multi_mt", name="fr", split="dev")
df_test = load_dataset("stsb_multi_mt", name="fr", split="test")

# Convert the dataset for evaluation

# For Dev set:
dev_samples = convert_dataset(df_dev)
val_evaluator = EmbeddingSimilarityEvaluator.from_input_examples(dev_samples, name='sts-dev')
val_evaluator(model, output_path="./")

# For Test set:
test_samples = convert_dataset(df_test)
test_evaluator = EmbeddingSimilarityEvaluator.from_input_examples(test_samples, name='sts-test')
test_evaluator(model, output_path="./")

Test Result: The performance is measured using Pearson and Spearman correlation:

  • On dev
Model Pearson correlation Spearman correlation #params
dangvantuan/sentence-camembert-large 88.2 88.02 336M
dangvantuan/sentence-camembert-base 86.73 86.54 110M
distiluse-base-multilingual-cased 79.22 79.16 135M
  • On test
Model Pearson correlation Spearman correlation
dangvantuan/sentence-camembert-large 85.9 85.8
dangvantuan/sentence-camembert-base 82.36 81.64
distiluse-base-multilingual-cased 78.62 77.48


   title={Sentence-BERT: Sentence Embeddings using Siamese BERT-Networks},
   author={Nils Reimers, Iryna Gurevych},

   title={CamemBERT: a Tasty French Language Mode},
   author={Martin, Louis and Muller, Benjamin and Su{\'a}rez, Pedro Javier Ortiz and Dupont, Yoann and Romary, Laurent and de la Clergerie, {\'E}ric Villemonte and Seddah, Djam{\'e} and Sagot, Beno{\^\i}t},
   journal={Proceedings of the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics},
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Dataset used to train dangvantuan/sentence-camembert-large

Evaluation results

  • Test Pearson correlation coefficient on Text Similarity fr