Language models are few shot learners

Language models are few shot learners

Building NLP applications by prompting LLMs



About the paper

Language Models are few short learners is an important paper in the space of GenerativeAI and Natural Language Processing. It introduced GPT-3 and showed the capability of large language models to generalize as task-agnostic learners.

The paper sowed the seeds for building NLP applications by prompting large language models with zero-shot, one-shot, and few-shot learning prompts. This was a huge advancement from task-specific modeling and also closer to how the human brain works by applying past learning to new data.

GPT-3 used the similar but scaled-up(100x) model architecture as GPT-2 except for the use of Sparse Attention (introduced in the Sparse Transformer paper).

Key takeaways for the audience

The following discussion endeavors to provide a comprehensive understanding of GPT-3 by addressing various facets.

  • GPT architecture
  • Dataset used for training
  • Training process
  • Capabilities acquired by GPT-3 because of large scale (expected and unexpected)
  • Performance comparison on different benchmarks
  • Limitations and impacts

About the presenter

Simrat Hanspal has a career spanning over a decade in the AI and ML space, specializing in Natural Language Processing (NLP).
Simrat is currently spearheading AI product strategy at Hasura. She has previously led AI teams at renowned organizations such as VMware, FI Money, and Nirvana Insurance.

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Language models are few shot learners

Language models are few shot learners

Simrat Hanspal, Technical Evangelist at Hasura

1 hour 9 February 2024



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