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TAPEX (large-sized model)

TAPEX was proposed in TAPEX: Table Pre-training via Learning a Neural SQL Executor by Qian Liu, Bei Chen, Jiaqi Guo, Morteza Ziyadi, Zeqi Lin, Weizhu Chen, Jian-Guang Lou. The original repo can be found here.

Model description

TAPEX (Table Pre-training via Execution) is a conceptually simple and empirically powerful pre-training approach to empower existing models with table reasoning skills. TAPEX realizes table pre-training by learning a neural SQL executor over a synthetic corpus, which is obtained by automatically synthesizing executable SQL queries.

TAPEX is based on the BART architecture, the transformer encoder-decoder (seq2seq) model with a bidirectional (BERT-like) encoder and an autoregressive (GPT-like) decoder.

This model is the tapex-base model fine-tuned on the WikiTableQuestions dataset.

Intended Uses

You can use the model for table question answering on complex questions. Some solveable questions are shown below (corresponding tables now shown):

Question Answer
according to the table, what is the last title that spicy horse produced? Akaneiro: Demon Hunters
what is the difference in runners-up from coleraine academical institution and royal school dungannon? 20
what were the first and last movies greenstreet acted in? The Maltese Falcon, Malaya
in which olympic games did arasay thondike not finish in the top 20? 2012
which broadcaster hosted 3 titles but they had only 1 episode? Channel 4

How to Use

Here is how to use this model in transformers:

from transformers import TapexTokenizer, BartForConditionalGeneration
import pandas as pd

tokenizer = TapexTokenizer.from_pretrained("microsoft/tapex-large-finetuned-wtq")
model = BartForConditionalGeneration.from_pretrained("microsoft/tapex-large-finetuned-wtq")

data = {
    "year": [1896, 1900, 1904, 2004, 2008, 2012],
    "city": ["athens", "paris", "st. louis", "athens", "beijing", "london"]
table = pd.DataFrame.from_dict(data)

# tapex accepts uncased input since it is pre-trained on the uncased corpus
query = "In which year did beijing host the Olympic Games?"
encoding = tokenizer(table=table, query=query, return_tensors="pt")

outputs = model.generate(**encoding)

print(tokenizer.batch_decode(outputs, skip_special_tokens=True))
# [' 2008.0']

How to Eval

Please find the eval script here.

BibTeX entry and citation info

    title={{TAPEX}: Table Pre-training via Learning a Neural {SQL} Executor},
    author={Qian Liu and Bei Chen and Jiaqi Guo and Morteza Ziyadi and Zeqi Lin and Weizhu Chen and Jian-Guang Lou},
    booktitle={International Conference on Learning Representations},
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