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2020 NLP and NeurIPS Highlights

In this post I wanted to share some of the main themes from NLP over the past year, as well as a few interesting highlights from NeurIPS, the largest annual machine learning conference.

How to Apply BERT to Arabic and Other Languages

Up to this point, our tutorials have focused almost exclusively on NLP applications using the English language. While the general algorithms and ideas extend to all languages, the huge number of resources that support English language NLP do not extend to all languages. For example, BERT and BERT-like models are an incredibly powerful tool, but model releases are almost always in English, perhaps followed by Chinese, Russian, or Western European language variants.