XLM-T: Multilingual Language Models in Twitter for Sentiment Analysis and Beyond

Abstract

Language models are ubiquitous in current NLP, and their multilingual capacity has recently attracted considerable attention. However, current analyses have almost exclusively focused on (multilingual variants of) standard benchmarks, and have relied on clean pre-training and task-specific corpora as multilingual signals. In this paper, we introduce XLM-T, a model to train and evaluate multilingual language models in Twitter. In this paper we provide: (1) a new strong multilingual baseline consisting of an XLM-R (Conneau et al. 2020) model pre-trained on millions of tweets in over thirty languages, alongside starter code to subsequently fine-tune on a target task; and (2) a set of unified sentiment analysis Twitter datasets in eight different languages and a XLM-T model trained on this dataset.

Publication
Proceedings of the Thirteenth Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
Luis Espinosa-Anke
Luis Espinosa-Anke
Lecturer
Jose Camacho-Collados
Jose Camacho-Collados
Senior Lecturer & UKRI Future Leaders Fellow