Language Models are Few-Shot Butlers

04/16/2021 ∙ by Vincent Micheli, et al. ∙ 0

Pretrained language models demonstrate strong performance in most NLP tasks when fine-tuned on small task-specific datasets. Hence, these autoregressive models constitute ideal agents to operate in text-based environments where language understanding and generative capabilities are essential. Nonetheless, collecting expert demonstrations in such environments is a time-consuming endeavour. We introduce a two-stage procedure to learn from a small set of demonstrations and further improve by interacting with an environment. We show that language models fine-tuned with only 1.2 a simple reinforcement learning algorithm achieve a 51 success rate over existing methods in the ALFWorld environment.

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