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Multilingual XLM-RoBERTa base for QA on various languages


Language model: xlm-roberta-base
Language: Multilingual
Downstream-task: Extractive QA
Training data: SQuAD 2.0
Eval data: SQuAD 2.0 dev set - German MLQA - German XQuAD
Code: See example in FARM
Infrastructure: 4x Tesla v100


batch_size = 22*4
n_epochs = 2

Corresponding experiment logs in mlflow: link


Evaluated on the SQuAD 2.0 dev set with the official eval script.

"exact": 73.91560683904657
"f1": 77.14103746689592

Evaluated on German MLQA: test-context-de-question-de.json "exact": 33.67279167589108 "f1": 44.34437105434842 "total": 4517

Evaluated on German XQuAD: xquad.de.json "exact": 48.739495798319325 "f1": 62.552615701071495 "total": 1190


In Transformers

from transformers.pipelines import pipeline
from transformers.modeling_auto import AutoModelForQuestionAnswering
from transformers.tokenization_auto import AutoTokenizer

model_name = "deepset/xlm-roberta-base-squad2"

# a) Get predictions
nlp = pipeline('question-answering', model=model_name, tokenizer=model_name)
QA_input = {
    'question': 'Why is model conversion important?',
    'context': 'The option to convert models between FARM and transformers gives freedom to the user and let people easily switch between frameworks.'
res = nlp(QA_input)

# b) Load model & tokenizer
model = AutoModelForQuestionAnswering.from_pretrained(model_name)
tokenizer = AutoTokenizer.from_pretrained(model_name)


from farm.modeling.adaptive_model import AdaptiveModel
from farm.modeling.tokenization import Tokenizer
from farm.infer import Inferencer

model_name = "deepset/xlm-roberta-base-squad2"

# a) Get predictions
nlp = Inferencer.load(model_name, task_type="question_answering")
QA_input = [{"questions": ["Why is model conversion important?"],
             "text": "The option to convert models between FARM and transformers gives freedom to the user and let people easily switch between frameworks."}]
res = nlp.inference_from_dicts(dicts=QA_input, rest_api_schema=True)

# b) Load model & tokenizer
model = AdaptiveModel.convert_from_transformers(model_name, device="cpu", task_type="question_answering")
tokenizer = Tokenizer.load(model_name)

In haystack

For doing QA at scale (i.e. many docs instead of single paragraph), you can load the model also in haystack:

reader = FARMReader(model_name_or_path="deepset/xlm-roberta-base-squad2")
# or 
reader = TransformersReader(model="deepset/roberta-base-squad2",tokenizer="deepset/xlm-roberta-base-squad2")


Branden Chan: branden.chan [at] deepset.ai Timo M枚ller: timo.moeller [at] deepset.ai Malte Pietsch: malte.pietsch [at] deepset.ai Tanay Soni: tanay.soni [at] deepset.ai

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