Prompt-based learning

for text classification in Italian

Valerio Basile will present some experiments carried out using the new zero-shot technique of prompt-based learning for various text classification tasks in Italian.

Abstract: Prompt-based learning is a recent paradigm in NLP that leverages large pre-trained language models to perform a variety of tasks. With this technique, it is possible to build classifiers that do not need training data (zero-shot). In this work, Valerio assessed the status of prompt-based learning applied to several text classification tasks in the Italian language. The results indicate that the performance gap towards current supervised methods is still relevant. However, the difference in performance between pre-trained models and the characteristic of the prompt-based classifier of operating in a zero-shot fashion open a discussion regarding the next generation of evaluation campaigns for NLP.

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