GAIA benchmark overview

The General AI Assistant (GAIA) benchmark by Mialon et al. (2023) aims to provide a “convenient yet challenging benchmark for AI assistants”. The benchmark consists of 466 questions, each requiring multiple reasoning steps to answer. Many questions require AI systems to use tools (web browser, code interpreter,…) and contain multi-modal input (images, videos, excel sheets,…). Whilst requiring advanced problem-solving capabilities to solve, GAIA’s tasks are simple and cheap to verify with unambiguous (and short) text answers. In this post, I give a short overview of the GAIA benchmark.

March 31, 2024 · 5 min · Arduin Findeis

MMLU benchmark overview

The Massive Multitask Language Understanding (MMLU) benchmark (Hendrycks et al., 2021) is widely used to demonstrate state-of-the-art language model capabilities. Anthropic’s Claude 3, Google’s Gemini and OpenAI’s GPT-4 models were all introduced alongside prominently placed MMLU results. This publicity makes MMLU one of the most prominently discussed benchmarks for language models. Despite the benchmark’s prominence, the exact model capabilities evaluated and evaluation methods are less widely known. In this blog post, I aim to give a short overview of the MMLU benchmark.

March 16, 2024 · 6 min · Arduin Findeis

The benchmark problems reviving manual evaluation

There is a curious trend in machine learning (ML): researchers developing the most capable large language models (LLMs) increasingly evaluate them using manual methods such as red teaming. In red teaming, researchers hire workers to manually try to break the LLM in some form by interacting with it. Similarly, some users (including myself) pick their preferred LLM assistant by manually trying out various models – checking each LLM’s “vibe”. Given that LLM researchers and users both actively seek to automate all sorts of other tasks, red teaming and vibe checks are surprisingly manual evaluation processes....

January 15, 2024 · 18 min · Arduin Findeis

A short exploration of language model evaluation approaches

Disclaimer: This post collects some notes from exploring language model evaluation approaches in early 2023. It will (likely) be outdated by the time you read this. Improvement suggestions are welcome and can be sent to contact (at) 1. Introduction Language models (LMs) are notoriosly difficult to evaluate. Modern LMs are used for a wide variety of complex downstream tasks, such as text translation or conversation. This diversity of tasks means that no single metric can capture overall language model performance....

March 6, 2023 · 16 min · Arduin Findeis