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sagorsarker Sagor Sarker
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Bangla BERT Base

A long way passed. Here is our Bangla-Bert! It is now available in huggingface model hub.

Bangla-Bert-Base is a pretrained language model of Bengali language using mask language modeling described in BERT and it's github repository

Pretrain Corpus Details

Corpus was downloaded from two main sources:

After downloading these corpus, we preprocessed it as a Bert format. which is one sentence per line and an extra newline for new documents.

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Building Vocab

We used BNLP package for training bengali sentencepiece model with vocab size 102025. We preprocess the output vocab file as Bert format. Our final vocab file availabe at and also at huggingface model hub.

Training Details

  • Bangla-Bert was trained with code provided in Google BERT's github repository (
  • Currently released model follows bert-base-uncased model architecture (12-layer, 768-hidden, 12-heads, 110M parameters)
  • Total Training Steps: 1 Million
  • The model was trained on a single Google Cloud TPU

Evaluation Results

LM Evaluation Results

After training 1 millions steps here is the evaluation resutls.

global_step = 1000000
loss = 2.2406516
masked_lm_accuracy = 0.60641736
masked_lm_loss = 2.201459
next_sentence_accuracy = 0.98625
next_sentence_loss = 0.040997364
perplexity = numpy.exp(2.2406516) = 9.393331287442784
Loss for final step: 2.426227

Downstream Task Evaluation Results

Huge Thanks to Nick Doiron for providing evalution results of classification task. He used Bengali Classification Benchmark datasets for classification task. Comparing to Nick's Bengali electra and multi-lingual BERT, Bangla BERT Base achieves state of the art result. Here is the evaluation script.

Model Sentiment Analysis Hate Speech Task News Topic Task Average
mBERT 68.15 52.32 72.27 64.25
Bengali Electra 69.19 44.84 82.33 65.45
Bangla BERT Base 70.37 71.83 89.19 77.13

NB: If you use this model for any nlp task please share evaluation results with us. We will add it here.

How to Use

You can use this model directly with a pipeline for masked language modeling:

from transformers import BertForMaskedLM, BertTokenizer, pipeline

model = BertForMaskedLM.from_pretrained("sagorsarker/bangla-bert-base")
tokenizer = BertTokenizer.from_pretrained("sagorsarker/bangla-bert-base")
nlp = pipeline('fill-mask', model=model, tokenizer=tokenizer)
for pred in nlp(f"আমি বাংলায় {nlp.tokenizer.mask_token} গাই।"):

# {'sequence': '[CLS] আমি বাংলায গান গাই । [SEP]', 'score': 0.13404667377471924, 'token': 2552, 'token_str': 'গান'}


Sagor Sarker


  • Thanks to Google TensorFlow Research Cloud (TFRC) for providing the free TPU credits - thank you!
  • Thank to all the people around, who always helping us to build something for Bengali.