pypi i chinese-gpt


Chinese Transformer Generative Pre-Training Model

by qingyang

0.1.3 (see all)
pypi i chinese-gpt

Chinese-GPT 中文GPT预训练模型

Chinese Generative Pre-Training(GPT) Language Model

This project is unidirectional transformer GPT model (117M) trained on a large corpus dataset following the approach OpenAI GPT-2. Due to limited computational resources, we did not train our model from scratch. Instead, we take the advantage of BERT and use its weights as initialization to train our Chinese GPT. This makes the training possible on 4 x 1080Ti.

However, please notice that currently the performance still cannot match the original English GPT-2 model for various reasons. This can be that OpenAI has done better text filtering and has a dataset with better quality. Also, they have trained their model for about 300 GPU days at least. But the model here can be a good starting point if you want to apply it for substream tasks.


This repository contains a rewritten cached Transformed based on BERT, which is the same technique used in GPT-2 implementation. It can cache the intermediate results, and therefore save the compuation time and memory during the decoding stage.

Also, a CUDA kernel version of GELU activation function is provided. You have to insatll Cupy to use it. You can check cuda_gelu for the implementation. It is 2x faster than the original implementation!


Before using it, you might want to install the requirements first.

pip install -r requirements.txt

You can also install it via pip.

pip install chinese-gpt


Check tutorials for details.

I have also included a colab for demo:

Encoder Weights:

Decoder Weights:

Data Preparation

To train GPT, it requires a dataset from a wide range of sources.

We collected data from NLP Chinese Corpus

In details, we used:

  • 社区问答json版(webtext2019zh) :大规模高质量数据集
  • 百科类问答json版(baike2018qa)
  • 新闻语料json版(news2016zh)

Text Filtering

One thing to take care of is that text filtering. Since Bert Chinese tokenizer doesn't include some punctuations. You might want to use the following code to clean your data first:

import regex as re

def filterPunctuation(x):
    x = re.sub(r'[‘’]', "'", x)
    x = re.sub(r'[“”]', '"', x)
    x = re.sub(r'[…]', '...', x)
    x = re.sub(r'[—]', '-', x)
    x = re.sub(r"&nbsp", "", x)
    return x

You may also want to convert traditional Chinese to simplified Chinese and apply some other filtering techniques based on your data.


OpenAI GPT-2



Pytorch BERT

NLP Chinese Corpus

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