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KenLM models for Farsi

This repository contains KenLM models trained on the Jomleh dataset for the Farsi (Persian) language. Among the various use cases for KenLM language models, the models provided here are particularly useful for automatic speech recognition (ASR) tasks. They can be used in conjunction with CTC to select the most likely sequence of tokens extracted from a spectrogram.

The models in this repository are KenLM arpa files that have been converted to binary format. KenLM supports two binary formats: probing and trie. The models provided here are in the probing format, which KenLM claims are faster but have a larger memory footprint.

There are a total of 36 different KenLM models available in this repository. Unless you are conducting research, you will not need all of them. In that case, it is recommended that you download only the models you require rather than the entire repository since the total file size is over half a terabyte.

Sample code how to use the models

Unfortunately, I could not find an easy way to integrate the Python code that loads the models using Huggingface library. These are the steps that you have to take when you want to use any of the models provided here:

  1. Install KenLM package:
pip install https://github.com/kpu/kenlm/archive/master.zip
  1. Install the SentencePiece for the tokenization:
pip install sentencepiece
  1. Download the model that you are interested in from this repository along the Python code model.py. Keep the model in the files folder with the model.py by it (just like the file structure in the repository). Don't forget to download the SentencePiece files as well. For instance, if you were interested in 32000 vocabulary size tokenizer, 5-gram model with maximum pruning, these are the files you'll need:
  1. In your script, instantiate a model and use it like this:
from model import KenlmModel

# Load the model
model = KenlmModel.from_pretrained("57218", "3", "011")

# Get perplexity
print(model.perplexity("من در را بستم"))
# Outputs: 72.5

# Get score
print(model.score("من در را بستم"))
# Outputs: -11.160577774047852

What are the different files you can find in this repository?

The files you can find in this repository are either SentencePiece tokenizer models or KenLM binary models. For the tokenizers, this is the template their file name follows:


In this repository, all the models are based on the Jomleh dataset (jomleh). And the only tokenizer used is SentencePiece (sp). Finally, the list of vocabulary sizes used is composed of 2000, 4000, 8000, 16000, 32000, and 57218 tokens. Due to hardware limitations that I've faced, I could only use 4 out of 60 jomleh's text file to train the tokenizer, namely: 10, 11, 12, and 13. Also, 57218 was the largest number that SentencePiece allowed to set as for the vocabulary size.

Here's an example of the tokenizer files you can find in this repository:


Moving on to the KenLM binary models, their file names follow this template:


Just like with the tokenizers, the only available options for dataset and tokenizer type are jomleh and sp. The same applies to vocabulary sizes. There are two n-grams trained, 3-grams, and 5-grams. Additionally, there are three different pruning options available for each configuration. To interpret the pruning numbers, add a space between each pair of digits. For example, 011 means 0 1 1 was set during training of the KenLM model.

Here is a complete example: To train the binary model named jomleh-sp-32000-o5-prune01111.probing, the tokenizer jomleh-sp-32000.model was used to encode (tokenize) the 95% Jomleh dataset, resulting in a large text file holding space-separated tokens. Then, the file was fed into the lmplz program with the following input arguments:

lmplz -o 5 -T /tmp --vocab_estimate 32000 -S 80% --discount_fallback --prune "0 1 1 1 1" < enocoded.txt > jomleh-sp-32000-o5-prune01111.arpa

This command will produce the raw arpa file, which can then be converted into binary format using the build_binary program, as shown below:

build_binary -T /tmp -S 80% probing jomleh-sp-32000-o5-prune01111.arpa jomleh-sp-32000-o5-prune01111.probing

Which model to use?

Based on my personal evaluation, I recommend using the jomleh-sp-57218-o3-prune011.probing. It's the perfect balanced between file size (6GB) and accuracy (80%). But if you have no concern for file size, then go for the largest model, jomleh-sp-57218-o5-prune00011.probing (size: 36GB, accuracy: 82%).

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