Self-Alignment with Instruction Backtranslation

Published: 16 Jan 2024, Last Modified: 12 Mar 2024ICLR 2024 oralEveryoneRevisionsBibTeX
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Keywords: large language models, self-supervised learning, data augmentation
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Abstract: We present a scalable method to build a high quality instruction following language model by automatically labelling human-written text with corresponding instructions. Our approach, named instruction backtranslation, starts with a language model finetuned on a small amount of seed data, and a given web corpus. The seed model is used to construct training examples by generating instruction prompts for web documents (self-augmentation), and then selecting high quality examples from among these candidates (self-curation). This data is then used to finetune a stronger model. Finetuning LLaMa on two iterations of our approach yields a model that outperforms all other LLaMa-based models on the Alpaca leaderboard not relying on distillation data, demonstrating highly effective self-alignment.
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Primary Area: generative models
Submission Number: 2743