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  1. AfriCOMET released, a new model to embrace under-resourced African Languages.
  2. We released our new eXplainable COMET models (XCOMET-XL and -XXL) which along with quality scores detects which errors in the translation are minor, major or critical according to MQM typology
  3. We release CometKiwi -XL (3.5B) and -XXL (10.7B) QE models. These models were the best performing QE models on the WMT23 QE shared task.

Please check all available models here

Quick Installation

COMET requires python 3.8 or above. Simple installation from PyPI

pip install --upgrade pip  # ensures that pip is current 
pip install unbabel-comet

Note: To use some COMET models such as Unbabel/wmt22-cometkiwi-da you must acknowledge it's license on Hugging Face Hub and log-in into hugging face hub.

To develop locally install run the following commands:

git clone
pip install poetry
poetry install

For development, you can run the CLI tools directly, e.g.,

PYTHONPATH=. ./comet/cli/

Scoring MT outputs:

CLI Usage:

Test examples:

echo -e "10 到 15 分钟可以送到吗\nPode ser entregue dentro de 10 a 15 minutos?" >> src.txt
echo -e "Can I receive my food in 10 to 15 minutes?\nCan it be delivered in 10 to 15 minutes?" >> hyp1.txt
echo -e "Can it be delivered within 10 to 15 minutes?\nCan you send it for 10 to 15 minutes?" >> hyp2.txt
echo -e "Can it be delivered between 10 to 15 minutes?\nCan it be delivered between 10 to 15 minutes?" >> ref.txt

Basic scoring command:

comet-score -s src.txt -t hyp1.txt -r ref.txt

you can set the number of gpus using --gpus (0 to test on CPU).

For better error analysis, you can use XCOMET models such as Unbabel/XCOMET-XL, you can export the identified errors using the --to_json flag:

comet-score -s src.txt -t hyp1.txt -r ref.txt --model Unbabel/XCOMET-XL --to_json output.json

Scoring multiple systems:

comet-score -s src.txt -t hyp1.txt hyp2.txt -r ref.txt

WMT test sets via SacreBLEU:

comet-score -d wmt22:en-de -t PATH/TO/TRANSLATIONS

If you are only interested in a system-level score use the following command:

comet-score -s src.txt -t hyp1.txt -r ref.txt --quiet --only_system

Reference-free evaluation:

comet-score -s src.txt -t hyp1.txt --model Unbabel/wmt22-cometkiwi-da

Note: To use the Unbabel/wmt22-cometkiwi-da-xl you first have to acknowledge its license on Hugging Face Hub.

Comparing multiple systems:

When comparing multiple MT systems we encourage you to run the comet-compare command to get statistical significance with Paired T-Test and bootstrap resampling (Koehn, et al 2004).

comet-compare -s -t hyp1.en hyp2.en hyp3.en -r ref.en

Minimum Bayes Risk Decoding:

The MBR command allows you to rank translations and select the best one according to COMET metrics. For more details you can read our paper on Quality-Aware Decoding for Neural Machine Translation.

comet-mbr -s [SOURCE].txt -t [MT_SAMPLES].txt --num_sample [X] -o [OUTPUT_FILE].txt

If working with a very large candidate list you can use --rerank_top_k flag to prune the topK most promissing candidates according to a reference-free metric.

Example for a candidate list of 1000 samples:

comet-mbr -s [SOURCE].txt -t [MT_SAMPLES].txt -o [OUTPUT_FILE].txt --num_sample 1000 --rerank_top_k 100 --gpus 4 --qe_model Unbabel/wmt23-cometkiwi-da-xl

Your source and samples file should be formatted in this way.

COMET Models

Within COMET, there are several evaluation models available. You can refer to the MODELS page for a comprehensive list of all available models. Here is a concise list of the main reference-based and reference-free models:

  • Default Model: Unbabel/wmt22-comet-da - This model employs a reference-based regression approach and is built upon the XLM-R architecture. It has been trained on direct assessments from WMT17 to WMT20 and provides scores ranging from 0 to 1, where 1 signifies a perfect translation.
  • Reference-free Model: Unbabel/wmt22-cometkiwi-da - This reference-free model employs a regression approach and is built on top of InfoXLM. It has been trained using direct assessments from WMT17 to WMT20, as well as direct assessments from the MLQE-PE corpus. Similar to other models, it generates scores ranging from 0 to 1. For those interested, we also offer larger versions of this model: Unbabel/wmt23-cometkiwi-da-xl with 3.5 billion parameters and Unbabel/wmt23-cometkiwi-da-xxl with 10.7 billion parameters.
  • eXplainable COMET (XCOMET): Unbabel/XCOMET-XXL - Our latest model is trained to identify error spans and assign a final quality score, resulting in an explainable neural metric. We offer this version in XXL with 10.7 billion parameters, as well as the XL variant with 3.5 billion parameters (Unbabel/XCOMET-XL). These models have demonstrated the highest correlation with MQM and are our best performing evaluation models.

Please be aware that different models may be subject to varying licenses. To learn more, kindly refer to the LICENSES.models and model licenses sections.

If you intend to compare your results with papers published before 2022, it's likely that they used older evaluation models. In such cases, please refer to Unbabel/wmt20-comet-da and Unbabel/wmt20-comet-qe-da, which were the primary checkpoints used in previous versions (<2.0) of COMET.

Also, UniTE Metric developed by the NLP2CT Lab at the University of Macau and Alibaba Group can be used directly through COMET check here for more details.

Interpreting Scores:

New: An excellent reference for learning how to interpret machine translation metrics is the analysis paper by Kocmi et al. (2024), available at this link.

When using COMET to evaluate machine translation, it's important to understand how to interpret the scores it produces.

In general, COMET models are trained to predict quality scores for translations. These scores are typically normalized using a z-score transformation to account for individual differences among annotators. While the raw score itself does not have a direct interpretation, it is useful for ranking translations and systems according to their quality.

However, since 2022 we have introduced a new training approach that scales the scores between 0 and 1. This makes it easier to interpret the scores: a score close to 1 indicates a high-quality translation, while a score close to 0 indicates a translation that is no better than random chance. Also, with the introduction of XCOMET models we can now analyse which text spans are part of minor, major or critical errors according to the MQM typology.

It's worth noting that when using COMET to compare the performance of two different translation systems, it's important to run the comet-compare command to obtain statistical significance measures. This command compares the output of two systems using a statistical hypothesis test, providing an estimate of the probability that the observed difference in scores between the systems is due to chance. This is an important step to ensure that any differences in scores between systems are statistically significant.

Overall, the added interpretability of scores in the latest COMET models, combined with the ability to assess statistical significance between systems using comet-compare, make COMET a valuable tool for evaluating machine translation.

Languages Covered:

All the above mentioned models are build on top of XLM-R (variants) which cover the following languages:

Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Assamese, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bengali Romanized, Bosnian, Breton, Bulgarian, Burmese, Burmese, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hindi Romanized, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Kyrgyz, Lao, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian, Oriya, Oromo, Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Sanskri, Scottish, Gaelic, Serbian, Sindhi, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Sundanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Tamil Romanized, Telugu, Telugu Romanized, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Urdu Romanized, Uyghur, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh, Western, Frisian, Xhosa, Yiddish.

Thus, results for language pairs containing uncovered languages are unreliable!

COMET for African Languages:

If you are interested in COMET metrics for african languages please visit afriCOMET.

Scoring within Python:

from comet import download_model, load_from_checkpoint

# Choose your model from Hugging Face Hub
model_path = download_model("Unbabel/XCOMET-XL")
# or for example:
# model_path = download_model("Unbabel/wmt22-comet-da")

# Load the model checkpoint:
model = load_from_checkpoint(model_path)

# Data must be in the following format:
data = [
        "src": "10 到 15 分钟可以送到吗",
        "mt": "Can I receive my food in 10 to 15 minutes?",
        "ref": "Can it be delivered between 10 to 15 minutes?"
        "src": "Pode ser entregue dentro de 10 a 15 minutos?",
        "mt": "Can you send it for 10 to 15 minutes?",
        "ref": "Can it be delivered between 10 to 15 minutes?"
# Call predict method:
model_output = model.predict(data, batch_size=8, gpus=1)
print(model_output.scores) # sentence-level scores
print(model_output.system_score) # system-level score

# Not all COMET models return metadata with detected errors.
print(model_output.metadata.error_spans) # detected error spans

Train your own Metric:

Instead of using pretrained models your can train your own model with the following command:

comet-train --cfg configs/models/{your_model_config}.yaml

You can then use your own metric to score:

comet-score -s -t hyp1.en -r ref.en --model PATH/TO/CHECKPOINT

You can also upload your model to Hugging Face Hub. Use Unbabel/wmt22-comet-da as example. Then you can use your model directly from the hub.


In order to run the toolkit tests you must run the following command:

poetry run coverage run --source=comet -m unittest discover
poetry run coverage report -m # Expected coverage 76%

Note: Testing on CPU takes a long time


If you use COMET please cite our work and don't forget to say which model you used!