Workshop: The First Workshop on Pre-training: Perspectives, Pitfalls, and Paths Forward

Plex: Towards Reliability using Pretrained Large Model Extensions

Dustin Tran · Andreas Kirsch · Balaji Lakshminarayanan · Huiyi Hu · Du Phan · D. Sculley · Jasper Snoek · Jeremiah Liu · JIE REN · Joost van Amersfoort · Kehang Han · Estefany Kelly Buchanan · Kevin Murphy · Mark Collier · Michael Dusenberry · Neil Band · Nithum Thain · Rodolphe Jenatton · Tim G. J Rudner · Yarin Gal · Zachary Nado · Zelda Mariet · Zi Wang · Zoubin Ghahramani

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presentation: The First Workshop on Pre-training: Perspectives, Pitfalls, and Paths Forward
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A recent trend in artificial intelligence (AI) is the use of pretrained models for language and vision tasks, which has achieved extraordinary performance but also puzzling failures. Examining tasks that probe the model’s abilities in diverse ways is therefore critical to the field. In this paper, we explore the reliability of models, where we define a reliable model as one that not only achieves strong predictive performance but also performs well consistently over many decision-making tasks such as uncertainty (e.g., selective prediction, open set recognition), robust generalization (e.g., accuracy and proper scoring rules such as log-likelihood on in- and out-of-distribution datasets), and adaptation (e.g., active learning, few-shot learning). We devise 10 types of tasks over 36 datasets in order to evaluate different aspects of reliability on both vision and language domains. To improve reliability, we developed ViT-Plex and T5-Plex, pretrained large model extensions (plex) for vision and language modalities, respectively. Plex greatly improves the state-of-the-art across tasks, and simplifies the traditional protocol as it does not require designing scores or tuning the model for each individual task. We demonstrate scaling effects over model sizes and pretraining dataset sizes up to 4 billion examples. We also demonstrate Plex’s capabilities on challenging tasks including zero-shot open set recognition, few-shot uncertainty, and uncertainty in conversational language understanding.

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