BanglaBERT: Language Model Pretraining and Benchmarks for Low-Resource Language Understanding Evaluation in Bangla [article]

Abhik Bhattacharjee, Tahmid Hasan, Wasi Uddin Ahmad, Kazi Samin, Md Saiful Islam, Anindya Iqbal, M. Sohel Rahman, Rifat Shahriyar
2022 arXiv   pre-print
In this work, we introduce BanglaBERT, a BERT-based Natural Language Understanding (NLU) model pretrained in Bangla, a widely spoken yet low-resource language in the NLP literature. To pretrain BanglaBERT, we collect 27.5 GB of Bangla pretraining data (dubbed 'Bangla2B+') by crawling 110 popular Bangla sites. We introduce two downstream task datasets on natural language inference and question answering and benchmark on four diverse NLU tasks covering text classification, sequence labeling, and
more » ... pan prediction. In the process, we bring them under the first-ever Bangla Language Understanding Benchmark (BLUB). BanglaBERT achieves state-of-the-art results outperforming multilingual and monolingual models. We are making the models, datasets, and a leaderboard publicly available at https://github.com/csebuetnlp/banglabert to advance Bangla NLP.
arXiv:2101.00204v4 fatcat:l3u5thti6nar5folnd6ljyzf3i