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Baidu unveils ERNIE 2.0 natural language framework in Chinese and English

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Chinese tech giant Baidu today introduced ERNIE 2.0, a conversational AI framework and model that works in Chinese and English. ERNIE 2.0 achieves state-of-the-art results better than Google’s BERT and XLNet in a range of language understanding benchmarks and state-of-the-art results in 9 Chinese natural language tasks.

ERNIE stands for Enhanced Representation through Knowledge Integration, and like Google’s BERT, ERNIE 2.0 relies on a transformer encoder and the BookCorpus data set for training.

ERNIE outperformed other high-ranking NLP models in tasks like sentiment analysis on movie reviews (SST-2) or the ability to infer meaning from a sentence (MNLI).