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roberta-base for QA

NOTE: This is version 2 of the model. See this github issue from the FARM repository for an explanation of why we updated. If you'd like to use version 1, specify revision="v1.0" when loading the model in Transformers 3.5. For exmaple:

model_name = "deepset/roberta-base-squad2"
pipeline(model=model_name, tokenizer=model_name, revision="v1.0", task="question-answering")


Language model: roberta-base
Language: English
Downstream-task: Extractive QA
Training data: SQuAD 2.0
Eval data: SQuAD 2.0
Code: See example in FARM
Infrastructure: 4x Tesla v100


batch_size = 96
n_epochs = 2
base_LM_model = "roberta-base"
max_seq_len = 386
learning_rate = 3e-5
lr_schedule = LinearWarmup
warmup_proportion = 0.2

Using a distilled model instead

Please note that we have also released a distilled version of this model called deepset/tinyroberta-squad2. The distilled model has a comparable prediction quality and runs at twice the speed of the base model.


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

"exact": 79.87029394424324,
"f1": 82.91251169582613,

"total": 11873,
"HasAns_exact": 77.93522267206478,
"HasAns_f1": 84.02838248389763,
"HasAns_total": 5928,
"NoAns_exact": 81.79983179142137,
"NoAns_f1": 81.79983179142137,
"NoAns_total": 5945


In Transformers

from transformers import AutoModelForQuestionAnswering, AutoTokenizer, pipeline

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


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

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