Boosting coherence of language models

10/15/2021 ∙ by Nikolay Malkin, et al. ∙ 0

Naturality of long-term information structure – coherence – remains a challenge in language generation. Large language models have insufficiently learned such structure, as their long-form generations differ from natural text in measures of coherence. To alleviate this divergence, we propose coherence boosting, an inference procedure that increases the effect of distant context on next-token prediction. We show the benefits of coherence boosting with pretrained models by distributional analyses of generated ordinary text and dialog responses. We also find that coherence boosting with state-of-the-art models for various zero-shot NLP tasks yields performance gains with no additional training.

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