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ConceptNet Numberbatch

The best word embeddings you can use

ConceptNet Numberbatch consists of state-of-the-art 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 provides lots of ways to compute with word meanings, one of which is word embeddings. ConceptNet Numberbatch is a snapshot of just the word embeddings.

It 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.

Evaluation and publications

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 Rob 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 counteracts this as part of its 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


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

A preliminary paper we put on arXiV in April 2016 described the ConceptNet Vector Ensemble, a previous version of this system. The code for that version is still available in the 16.04 branch:

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.


ConceptNet Numberbatch 17.06 is the current recommended download.

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

Version Multilingual English-only HDF5
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:

1984681 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:

Robert 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:

    author = {Robert Speer and Joshua Chin and Catherine Havasi},
    title = {ConceptNet 5.5: An Open Multilingual Graph of General Knowledge},
    conference = {AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence},
    year = {2017},
    pages = {4444--4451},
    keywords = {ConceptNet; knowledge graph; word embeddings},
    url = {}

This data is itself built on:

  • ConceptNet 5.5, which contains data from Wiktionary, WordNet, and many contributors to Open Mind Common Sense projects, edited by Rob 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.

These vocabulary sizes were last updated for ConceptNet Numberbatch 17.02.

code language vocab size
en English 484557
fr French 296987
de German 129405
ja Japanese 121683
it Italian 91828
fi Finnish 56900
zh Chinese (Simp. + Trad.) 50185
pt Portuguese 47592
la Latin 46720
nl Dutch 45245
es Spanish 44756
ru Russian 37503
sh Bosnian + Croatian + Serbian 31516
sv Swedish 28519
cs Czech 25934
pl Polish 22388
ms Malay + Indonesian 20981
bg Bulgarian 20870
ca Catalan 20391
eo Esperanto 18820
hu Hungarian 17512
el Greek 16925
no Norwegian (Bokmål + Nynorsk) 14591
is Icelandic 12645
sl Slovenian 11457
ro Romanian 10873
ga Irish (Gaelic) 10865
vi Vietnamese 10341
lv Latvian 10129
grc Ancient Greek 9897
tr Turkish 9878
da Danish 9702
ar Arabic 9293
fa Persian (Farsi) 8623
ko Korean 7770
hy Armenian 7593
eu Basque 7436
fro Old French 7361
io Ido 7316
oc Occitan 7000
gd Scottish Gaelic 6851
gl Galician 6380
nrf Jèrriais / Guernésiais 6190
th Thai 6133
ka Georgian 6130
he Hebrew 5940
sq Albanian 5511
fo Faroese 4761
te Telugu 4617
mk Macedonian 4369
se Northern Sami 4328
mul (Multilingual conventions) 4316
et Estonian 4122
gv Manx 4071
sk Slovak 4059
xcl Classical Armenian 4033
hi Hindi 3979
af Afrikaans 3753
ang Old English 3661
lt Lithuanian 3486
ast Asturian 3429
uk Ukrainian 3073
cy Welsh 2759
nv Navajo 2698
mg Malagasy 2696
kk Kazakh 2462
rup Aromanian 2317
sa Sanskrit 2257
non Old Norse 2247
vo Volapük 2115
be Belarusian 2097
sw Swahili 1995
ur Urdu 1834
ku Kurdish 1813
fil Filipino (Tagalog) 1571
az Azeri 976
ta Tamil 925
hsb Upper Sorbian 740

Image credit

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