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Trans-Encoder

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Code repo for ICLR 2022 paper Trans-Encoder: Unsupervised sentence-pair modelling through self- and mutual-distillations
by Fangyu Liu, Yunlong Jiao, Jordan Massiah, Emine Yilmaz, Serhii Havrylov.

Trans-Encoder is a state-of-the-art unsupervised sentence similarity model. It conducts self-knowledge-distillation on top of pretrained language models by alternating between their bi- and cross-encoder forms.

Huggingface pretrained models for STS

base models large models
model STS avg.
baseline: unsup-simcse-bert-base 76.21
trans-encoder-bi-simcse-bert-base 80.41
trans-encoder-cross-simcse-bert-base 79.90
baseline: unsup-simcse-roberta-base 76.10
trans-encoder-bi-simcse-roberta-base 80.47
trans-encoder-cross-simcse-roberta-base 81.15
model STS avg.
baseline: unsup-simcse-bert-large 78.42
trans-encoder-bi-simcse-bert-large 82.65
trans-encoder-cross-simcse-bert-large 82.52
baseline: unsup-simcse-roberta-large 78.92
trans-encoder-bi-simcse-roberta-large 82.93
trans-encoder-cross-simcse-roberta-large 82.93

Dependencies

torch==1.8.1
transformers==4.9.0
sentence-transformers==2.0.0

Please view requirements.txt for more details.

Data

All training and evaluation data will be automatically downloaded when running the scripts. See src/data.py for details.

Train

--task options: sts (STS2012-2016 and STS-b), sickr, sts_sickr (STS2012-2016, STS-b, and SICK-R), qqp, qnli, mrpc, snli, custom. See src/data.py for task data details. By default using all STS data (sts_sickr).

Self-distillation

>> bash train_self_distill.sh 0

0 denotes GPU device index.

Mutual-distillation

>> bash train_mutual_distill.sh 0,1

Two GPUs needed; by default using SimCSE BERT & RoBERTa base models for ensembling. Add --use_large for switching to large models.

Train with your custom corpus

>> CUDA_VISIBLE_DEVICES=0,1 python src/mutual_distill_parallel.py \
         --batch_size_bi_encoder 128 \
         --batch_size_cross_encoder 64 \
         --num_epochs_bi_encoder 10 \
         --num_epochs_cross_encoder 1 \
         --cycle 3 \
         --bi_encoder1_pooling_mode cls \
         --bi_encoder2_pooling_mode cls \
         --init_with_new_models \
         --task custom \
         --random_seed 2021 \
         --custom_corpus_path CORPUS_PATH

CORPUS_PATH should point to your custom corpus in which every line should be a sentence pair in the form of sent1||sent2.

Evaluate

Evaluate a single model

Bi-encoder:

>> python src/eval.py \
--model_name_or_path "cambridgeltl/trans-encoder-bi-simcse-roberta-large"  \
--mode bi \
--task sts_sickr

Cross-encoder:

>> python src/eval.py \
--model_name_or_path "cambridgeltl/trans-encoder-cross-simcse-roberta-large"  \
--mode cross \
--task sts_sickr

Evaluate ensemble

Bi-encoder:

>> python src/eval.py \
--model_name_or_path1 "cambridgeltl/trans-encoder-bi-simcse-bert-large"  \
--model_name_or_path2 "cambridgeltl/trans-encoder-bi-simcse-roberta-large"  \
--mode bi \
--ensemble \
--task sts_sickr

Cross-encoder:

>> python src/eval.py \
--model_name_or_path1 "cambridgeltl/trans-encoder-cross-simcse-bert-large"  \
--model_name_or_path2 "cambridgeltl/trans-encoder-cross-simcse-roberta-large"  \
--mode cross \
--ensemble \
--task sts_sickr

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This project is licensed under the Apache-2.0 License.

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