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ByT5

Overview

The ByT5 model was presented in ByT5: Towards a token-free future with pre-trained byte-to-byte models by Linting Xue, Aditya Barua, Noah Constant, Rami Al-Rfou, Sharan Narang, Mihir Kale, Adam Roberts, Colin Raffel.

The abstract from the paper is the following:

Most widely-used pre-trained language models operate on sequences of tokens corresponding to word or subword units. Encoding text as a sequence of tokens requires a tokenizer, which is typically created as an independent artifact from the model. Token-free models that instead operate directly on raw text (bytes or characters) have many benefits: they can process text in any language out of the box, they are more robust to noise, and they minimize technical debt by removing complex and error-prone text preprocessing pipelines. Since byte or character sequences are longer than token sequences, past work on token-free models has often introduced new model architectures designed to amortize the cost of operating directly on raw text. In this paper, we show that a standard Transformer architecture can be used with minimal modifications to process byte sequences. We carefully characterize the trade-offs in terms of parameter count, training FLOPs, and inference speed, and show that byte-level models are competitive with their token-level counterparts. We also demonstrate that byte-level models are significantly more robust to noise and perform better on tasks that are sensitive to spelling and pronunciation. As part of our contribution, we release a new set of pre-trained byte-level Transformer models based on the T5 architecture, as well as all code and data used in our experiments.

This model was contributed by patrickvonplaten. The original code can be found here.

ByT5’s architecture is based on the T5v1.1 model, so one can refer to T5v1.1’s documentation page. They only differ in how inputs should be prepared for the model, see the code examples below.

Since ByT5 was pre-trained unsupervisedly, there’s no real advantage to using a task prefix during single-task fine-tuning. If you are doing multi-task fine-tuning, you should use a prefix.

Example

ByT5 works on raw UTF-8 bytes, so it can be used without a tokenizer:

>>> from transformers import T5ForConditionalGeneration
>>> import torch

>>> num_special_tokens = 3
>>> # Model has 3 special tokens which take up the input ids 0,1,2 of ByT5.
>>> # => Need to shift utf-8 character encodings by 3 before passing ids to model.

>>> input_ids = torch.tensor([list("Life is like a box of chocolates.".encode("utf-8"))]) + num_special_tokens

>>> labels = torch.tensor([list("La vie est comme une boîte de chocolat.".encode("utf-8"))]) + num_special_tokens

>>> loss = model(input_ids, labels=labels).loss
>>> loss.item()
2.66

For batched inference and training it is however recommended to make use of the tokenizer:

>>> from transformers import T5ForConditionalGeneration, AutoTokenizer

>>> model_inputs = tokenizer(
...     ["Life is like a box of chocolates.", "Today is Monday."], padding="longest", return_tensors="pt"
... )
>>> labels_dict = tokenizer(
...     ["La vie est comme une boîte de chocolat.", "Aujourd'hui c'est lundi."], padding="longest", return_tensors="pt"
... )
>>> labels = labels_dict.input_ids

>>> loss = model(**model_inputs, labels=labels).loss
>>> loss.item()
17.9

Similar to T5, ByT5 was trained on the span-mask denoising task. However, since the model works directly on characters, the pretraining task is a bit different. Let’s corrupt some characters of the input sentence "The dog chases a ball in the park." and ask ByT5 to predict them for us.

>>> from transformers import AutoTokenizer, AutoModelForSeq2SeqLM
>>> import torch

>>> input_ids_prompt = "The dog chases a ball in the park."
>>> input_ids = tokenizer(input_ids_prompt).input_ids

>>> # Note that we cannot add "{extra_id_...}" to the string directly
>>> # as the Byte tokenizer would incorrectly merge the tokens
>>> # For ByT5, we need to work directly on the character level
>>> # Contrary to T5, ByT5 does not use sentinel tokens for masking, but instead
>>> # uses final utf character ids.
>>> # UTF-8 is represented by 8 bits and ByT5 has 3 special tokens.
>>> # => There are 2**8+2 = 259 input ids and mask tokens count down from index 258.
>>> # => mask to "The dog [258]a ball [257]park."

>>> input_ids = torch.tensor([input_ids[:8] + [258] + input_ids[14:21] + [257] + input_ids[28:]])
>>> input_ids
tensor([[ 87, 107, 104,  35, 103, 114, 106,  35, 258,  35, 100,  35, 101, 100, 111, 111, 257,  35, 115, 100, 117, 110,  49,   1]])

>>> # ByT5 produces only one char at a time so we need to produce many more output characters here -> set max_length=100.
>>> output_ids = model.generate(input_ids, max_length=100)[0].tolist()
>>> output_ids
[0, 258, 108, 118,  35, 119, 107, 104,  35, 114, 113, 104,  35, 122, 107, 114,  35, 103, 114, 104, 118, 257,  35, 108, 113,  35, 119, 107, 104,  35, 103, 108, 118, 102, 114, 256, 108, 113,  35, 119, 107, 104, 35, 115, 100, 117, 110,  49,  35,  87, 107, 104,  35, 103, 114, 106, 35, 108, 118,  35, 119, 107, 104,  35, 114, 113, 104,  35, 122, 107, 114,  35, 103, 114, 104, 118,  35, 100,  35, 101, 100, 111, 111,  35, 108, 113, 255,  35, 108, 113,  35, 119, 107, 104,  35, 115, 100, 117, 110,  49]

>>> # ^- Note how 258 descends to 257, 256, 255

>>> # Now we need to split on the sentinel tokens, let's write a short loop for this
>>> output_ids_list = []
>>> start_token = 0
>>> sentinel_token = 258
>>> while sentinel_token in output_ids:
...     split_idx = output_ids.index(sentinel_token)
...     output_ids_list.append(output_ids[start_token:split_idx])
...     start_token = split_idx
...     sentinel_token -= 1

>>> output_ids_list.append(output_ids[start_token:])
>>> output_string = tokenizer.batch_decode(output_ids_list)
>>> output_string
['<pad>', 'is the one who does', ' in the disco', 'in the park. The dog is the one who does a ball in', ' in the park.']

ByT5Tokenizer

class transformers.ByT5Tokenizer

< >

( eos_token = '</s>' unk_token = '<unk>' pad_token = '<pad>' extra_ids = 125 additional_special_tokens = None **kwargs )

Parameters

• eos_token (str, optional, defaults to "</s>") — The end of sequence token.

When building a sequence using special tokens, this is not the token that is used for the end of sequence. The token used is the sep_token.

• unk_token (str, optional, defaults to "<unk>") — The unknown token. A token that is not in the vocabulary cannot be converted to an ID and is set to be this token instead.
• pad_token (str, optional, defaults to "<pad>") — The token used for padding, for example when batching sequences of different lengths.
• extra_ids (int, optional, defaults to 100) — Add a number of extra ids added to the end of the vocabulary for use as sentinels. These tokens are accessible as “id{%d}>” where ”{%d}” is a number between 0 and extra_ids-1. Extra tokens are indexed from the end of the vocabulary up to beginning (“” is the last token in the vocabulary like in ByT5 preprocessing see here).
• additional_special_tokens (List[str], optional) — Additional special tokens used by the tokenizer.

Construct a ByT5 tokenizer. ByT5 simply uses raw bytes utf-8 encoding.

This tokenizer inherits from PreTrainedTokenizer which contains most of the main methods. Users should refer to this superclass for more information regarding those methods.

build_inputs_with_special_tokens

< >

( token_ids_0: typing.List[int] token_ids_1: typing.Optional[typing.List[int]] = None ) List[int]

Parameters

• token_ids_0 (List[int]) — List of IDs to which the special tokens will be added.
• token_ids_1 (List[int], optional) — Optional second list of IDs for sequence pairs.

Returns

List[int]

List of input IDs with the appropriate special tokens.

Build model inputs from a sequence or a pair of sequence for sequence classification tasks by concatenating and adding special tokens. A sequence has the following format:

• single sequence: X </s>
• pair of sequences: A </s> B </s>

convert_tokens_to_string

< >

( tokens )

Converts a sequence of tokens (string) in a single string.

create_token_type_ids_from_sequences

< >

( token_ids_0: typing.List[int] token_ids_1: typing.Optional[typing.List[int]] = None ) List[int]

Parameters

• token_ids_0 (List[int]) — List of IDs.
• token_ids_1 (List[int], optional) — Optional second list of IDs for sequence pairs.

Returns

List[int]

List of zeros.

Create a mask from the two sequences passed to be used in a sequence-pair classification task. ByT5 does not make use of token type ids, therefore a list of zeros is returned.

< >

( token_ids_0: typing.List[int] token_ids_1: typing.Optional[typing.List[int]] = None already_has_special_tokens: bool = False ) List[int]

Parameters

• token_ids_0 (List[int]) — List of IDs.
• token_ids_1 (List[int], optional) — Optional second list of IDs for sequence pairs.
• already_has_special_tokens (bool, optional, defaults to False) — Whether or not the token list is already formatted with special tokens for the model.

Returns

List[int]

A list of integers in the range [0, 1]: 1 for a special token, 0 for a sequence token.

Retrieve sequence ids from a token list that has no special tokens added. This method is called when adding special tokens using the tokenizer prepare_for_model method.

See ByT5Tokenizer for all details.