BAM! Born-Again Multi-Task Networks for Natural Language UnderstandingDownload PDF

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  • Abstract: It can be challenging to train multi-task neural networks that outperform or even match their single-task counterparts. To help address this, we propose using knowledge distillation where single-task models teach a multi-task model. We enhance this training with teacher annealing, a novel method that gradually transitions the model from distillation to supervised learning, helping the multi-task model surpass its single-task teachers. We evaluate our approach by multi-task fine-tuning BERT on the GLUE benchmark. Our method consistently improves over standard single-task and multi-task training.
  • Keywords: multi-task learning, knowledge distillation, natural language understanding
  • TL;DR: distilling single-task models into a multi-task model improves natural language understanding performance
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