Revisiting Pre-Trained Models for Chinese Natural Language Processing

Yiming Cui, Wanxiang Che, Ting Liu, Bing Qin, Shijin Wang, Guoping Hu

Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers (BERT) has shown marvelous improvements across various NLP tasks, and various variants have been proposed to further improve the performance of the pre-trained models. In this paper, we target on revisiting Chinese pre-trained models to examine their effectiveness in a non-English language and release the Chinese pre-trained model series to the community. We also propose a simple but effective model called MacBERT, which improves upon RoBERTa in several ways, especially the masking strategy. We carried out extensive experiments on various Chinese NLP tasks, covering sentence-level to document-level, to revisit the existing pre-trained models as well as the proposed MacBERT. Experimental results show that MacBERT could achieve state-of-the-art performances on many NLP tasks, and we also ablate details with several findings that may help future research.

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