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ConceptNet Numberbatch

The best pre-computed word embeddings you can use

ConceptNet Numberbatch is a set of semantic vectors (also known as word embeddings) that can be used directly as a representation of word meanings or as a starting point for further machine learning.

ConceptNet Numberbatch is part of the ConceptNet open data project. ConceptNet is a knowledge graph that provides lots of ways to compute with word meanings, one of which is word embeddings, while ConceptNet Numberbatch is a snapshot of just the word embeddings.

These embeddings benefit from the fact that they have semi-structured, common sense knowledge from ConceptNet, giving them a way to learn about words that isn't just observing them in context.

Numberbatch is built using an ensemble that combines data from ConceptNet, word2vec, GloVe, and OpenSubtitles 2016, using a variation on retrofitting. It is described in the paper ConceptNet 5.5: An Open Multilingual Graph of General Knowledge, presented at AAAI 2017.

Unlike most embeddings, ConceptNet Numberbatch is multilingual from the ground up. Words in different languages share a common semantic space, and that semantic space is informed by all of the languages.

Evaluation and publications

ConceptNet Numberbatch can be seen as a replacement for other precomputed embeddings, such as word2vec and GloVe, that do not include the graph-style knowledge in ConceptNet. Numberbatch outperforms these datasets on benchmarks of word similarity.

ConceptNet Numberbatch took first place in both subtasks at SemEval 2017 task 2, "Multilingual and Cross-lingual Semantic Word Similarity". Within that task, it was also the first-place system in each of English, German, Italian, and Spanish. The result is described in our ACL 2017 SemEval paper, "Extending Word Embeddings with Multilingual Relational Knowledge".

The code and papers were created as a research project of Luminoso Technologies, Inc., by Robyn Speer, Joshua Chin, Catherine Havasi, and Joanna Lowry-Duda.

Graph of performance on English evaluations

Now with more fairness

Word embeddings are prone to learn human-like stereotypes and prejudices. ConceptNet Numberbatch 17.04 and later counteract this as part of the build process, leading to word vectors that are less prejudiced than competitors such as word2vec and GloVe. See our blog post on reducing bias.

Graph of biases

A paper by Chris Sweeney and Maryam Najafian, "A Transparent Framework for Evaluating Unintended Demographic Bias in Word Embeddings", independently evaluates bias in precomputed word embeddings, and finds that ConceptNet Numberbatch is less likely than GloVe to inherently lead to demographic discrimination.


Since 2016, the code for building ConceptNet Numberbatch is part of the ConceptNet code base, in the conceptnet5.vectors package.

The only code contained in this repository is, which normalizes natural-language text into the ConceptNet URI representation, allowing you to look up rows in these tables without requiring the entire ConceptNet codebase. For all other purposes, please refer to the ConceptNet code.

Out-of-vocabulary strategy

ConceptNet Numberbatch is evaluated with an out-of-vocabulary strategy that helps its performance in the presence of unfamiliar words. The strategy is implemented in the ConceptNet code base. It can be summarized as follows:

  • Given an unknown word whose language is not English, try looking up the equivalently-spelled word in the English embeddings (because English words tend to end up in text of all languages).
  • Given an unknown word, remove a letter from the end, and see if that is a prefix of known words. If so, average the embeddings of those known words.
  • If the prefix is still unknown, continue removing letters from the end until a known prefix is found. Give up when a single character remains.


ConceptNet Numberbatch 19.08 is the current recommended download.

This table lists the downloads and formats available for multiple recent versions:

Version Multilingual English-only HDF5
19.08 numberbatch-19.08.txt.gz numberbatch-en-19.08.txt.gz 19.08/mini.h5
17.06 numberbatch-17.06.txt.gz numberbatch-en-17.06.txt.gz 17.06/mini.h5
17.04 numberbatch-17.04.txt.gz numberbatch-en-17.04b.txt.gz 17.05/mini.h5
17.02 numberbatch-17.02.txt.gz numberbatch-en-17.02.txt.gz
16.09 16.09/numberbatch.h5

The 16.09 version was the version published at AAAI 2017. You can reproduce its results using a Docker snapshot of the conceptnet5 repository. See the instructions on the ConceptNet wiki.

The .txt.gz files of term vectors are in the text format used by word2vec, GloVe, and fastText.

The first line of the file contains the dimensions of the matrix:

9161912 300

Each line contains a term label followed by 300 floating-point numbers, separated by spaces:

/c/en/absolute_value -0.0847 -0.1316 -0.0800 -0.0708 -0.2514 -0.1687 -...
/c/en/absolute_zero 0.0056 -0.0051 0.0332 -0.1525 -0.0955 -0.0902 0.07...
/c/en/absoluteless 0.2740 0.0718 0.1548 0.1118 -0.1669 -0.0216 -0.0508...
/c/en/absolutely 0.0065 -0.1813 0.0335 0.0991 -0.1123 0.0060 -0.0009 0...
/c/en/absolutely_convergent 0.3752 0.1087 -0.1299 -0.0796 -0.2753 -0.1...

The HDF5 files are the format that ConceptNet uses internally. They are data tables that can be loaded into Python using a library such as pandas or pytables.

The "mini.h5" files trade off a little bit of accuracy for a lot of memory savings, taking up less than 150 MB in RAM, and are used to power the ConceptNet API.

License and attribution

These vectors are distributed under the CC-By-SA 4.0 license. In short, if you distribute a transformed or modified version of these vectors, you must release them under a compatible Share-Alike license and give due credit to Luminoso.

Some suggested text:

This data contains semantic vectors from ConceptNet Numberbatch, by
Luminoso Technologies, Inc. You may redistribute or modify the
data under the terms of the CC-By-SA 4.0 license.

If you build on this data, you should cite it. Here is a straightforward citation:

Robyn Speer, Joshua Chin, and Catherine Havasi (2017). "ConceptNet 5.5: An Open Multilingual Graph of General Knowledge." In proceedings of AAAI 2017.

In BibTeX form, the citation is:

    title = {{ConceptNet} 5.5: An Open Multilingual Graph of General Knowledge},
    url = {},
    author = {Speer, Robyn and Chin, Joshua and Havasi, Catherine},
    year = {2017},
    pages = {4444--4451}

This data is itself built on:

  • ConceptNet 5.7, which contains data from Wiktionary, WordNet, and many contributors to Open Mind Common Sense projects, edited by Robyn Speer

  • GloVe, by Jeffrey Pennington, Richard Socher, and Christopher Manning

  • word2vec, by Tomas Mikolov and Google Research

  • Parallel text from OpenSubtitles 2016, by Pierre Lison and Jörg Tiedemann, analyzed using fastText, by Piotr Bojanowski, Edouard Grave, Armand Joulin, and Tomas Mikolov

Language statistics

The multilingual data in ConceptNet Numberbatch represents 78 different language codes, though some have vocabularies with much more coverage than others. The following table lists the languages and their vocabulary size.

You may notice a focus on even the smaller and historical languages of Europe, and under-representation of widely-spoken languages from outside Europe, which is an effect of the availability of linguistic resources for these languages. We would like to change this, but it requires finding good source data for ConceptNet in these under-represented languages.

Because Numberbatch contains word forms, inflected languages end up with larger vocabularies.

These vocabulary sizes were updated for ConceptNet Numberbatch 19.08.

code language vocab size
fr French 1388686
la Latin 855294
es Spanish 651859
de German 594456
it Italian 557743
en English 516782
ru Russian 455325
zh Chinese 307441
fi Finnish 267307
pt Portuguese 262904
ja Japanese 256648
nl Dutch 190221
bg Bulgarian 178508
sv Swedish 167321
pl Polish 152949
no Norwegian Bokmål 105689
eo Esperanto 96255
th Thai 95342
sl Slovenian 91134
ms Malay 90554
cs Czech 88613
ca Catalan 87508
ar Arabic 85325
hu Hungarian 74384
se Northern Sami 67601
sh Serbian 66746
el Greek 65905
gl Galician 59006
da Danish 57119
fa Persian 53984
ro Romanian 51437
tr Turkish 51308
is Icelandic 48639
eu Basque 44151
ko Korean 42106
vi Vietnamese 39802
ga Irish 36988
grc Ancient Greek 36977
uk Ukrainian 36851
lv Latvian 36333
he Hebrew 33435
mk Macedonian 33370
ka Georgian 32338
hy Armenian 29844
sk Slovak 29376
lt Lithuanian 28826
ast Asturian 28401
mg Malagasy 26865
et Estonian 26525
oc Occitan 26095
fil Filipino 25088
io Ido 25004
hsb Upper Sorbian 24852
hi Hindi 23538
te Telugu 22173
be Belarusian 22117
fro Old French 21249
sq Albanian 20493
mul (Multilingual, such as emoji) 19376
cy Welsh 18721
xcl Classical Armenian 18420
az Azerbaijani 17184
kk Kazakh 16979
gd Scottish Gaelic 16827
af Afrikaans 16132
fo Faroese 15973
ang Old English 15700
ku Kurdish 13804
vo Volapük 12731
ta Tamil 12690
ur Urdu 12006
sw Swahili 11150
sa Sanskrit 11081
nrf Norman French 10048
non Old Norse 8536
gv Manx 8425
nv Navajo 8232
rup Aromanian 5107

Referred here from an old version?

An unpublished paper of ours described the "ConceptNet Vector Ensemble", and refers to a repository that now redirects here, and an attached store of data that is no longer hosted. We apologize, but we're not supporting the unpublished paper. Please use a newer version and use the currently supported ConceptNet build process.

Image credit

The otter logo was designed by Christy Presler for The Noun Project, and is used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.


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