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BERT has a Mouth, and It Must Speak: BERT as a Markov Random Field Language Model

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Authors: Alex Wang,Kyunghyun Cho
Where published: WS 2019 6
ArXiv: 1902.04094
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Abstract URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1902.04094v2

We show that BERT (Devlin et al., 2018) is a Markov random field language model. This formulation gives way to a natural procedure to sample sentences from BERT. We generate from BERT and find that it can produce high-quality, fluent generations. Compared to the generations of a traditional left-to-right language model, BERT generates sentences that are more diverse but of slightly worse quality.

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