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RACE: Large-scale ReAding Comprehension Dataset From Examinations

Abstract · Apr 15, 2017 19:31 ·

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Arxiv Abstract

  • Guokun Lai
  • Qizhe Xie
  • Hanxiao Liu
  • Yiming Yang
  • Eduard Hovy

We present RACE, a new dataset for benchmark evaluation of methods in the reading comprehension task. Collected from the English exams for middle and high school Chinese students in the age range between 12 to 18, RACE consists of 28,000+ passages and near 100,000 questions generated by human experts (English instructors), and covers a variety of topics which are carefully designed for evaluating the students’ ability in understanding and reasoning. In particular, the proportion of questions that requires reasoning is much larger in RACE than that in other benchmark datasets for reading comprehension, and there is a significant gap between the performance of the state-of-the-art models (43%) and the ceiling human performance (95%). We hope this new dataset can serve as a valuable resource for research and evaluation in machine comprehension. The dataset is freely available at

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