From Classification to Generation: Insights into Crosslingual Retrieval Augmented ICL

Published: 28 Oct 2023, Last Modified: 26 Nov 2023Instruction Workshop @ NeurIPS 2023EveryoneRevisionsBibTeX
Keywords: cross-lingual, retrieval augmented prompt, in-context learning, classification, summarization, NLP, LRLs
Abstract: The remarkable ability of Large Language Models (LLMs) to understand and follow instructions has sometimes been limited by their in-context learning (ICL) performance in low-resource languages. To address this, we introduce a novel approach that leverages cross-lingual retrieval-augmented in-context learning (CREA-ICL). By extracting semantically similar prompts from high-resource languages, we aim to bolster the zero-shot performance of multilingual pretrained language models (MPLMs) across diverse tasks. Though our approach yields steady improvements in classification tasks, it faces challenges in generation tasks, with Bangla serving as a key case study. Our evaluation offers insights into the performance dynamics of retrieval-augmented in-context learning across both classification and generation domains.
Submission Number: 57