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I Compared PEFT-Lora vs Full Fine-Tune on Open AI’s Whisper
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I Compared PEFT-Lora vs Full Fine-Tune on Open AI’s Whisper

Author(s): Tim Cvetko

Originally published on Towards AI.

An experiment adjourning for the effectiveness of LoRA on LLM

The need for increasingly domain-applicable LLMs is causing a turmoil of advances to surpass the limitations of the truly “large” language models. At the expense of generalisability, fine-tuned models are being developed to cover niche reasoning, namely Bloomberg GPT, Finance GPT, etc. Now, algorithms like LoRa make LLM fine-tuning possible on local machines.

Photo by Sander Sammy on Unsplash

With that in mind, I wanted to put PEFT-LoRa to the test. Here’s the experiment:

Compare an LLM fine-tuned with PEFT-LoRA to a fully fine-tuned Whisper model along these dimensions:

Total Training TimeInference SpeedTotal Benchmark AccuracyNumber of Parameters

This should give us a bit of perspective on the algorithm's effectiveness. Here’s what this article contains:

Intuitive Understanding of PEFT LoRa Fine-TuningOverview of the Training Process(+Code+Stats)

Who is this blog post useful for? ML Researchers, but also VCs, consultants, etc.

How advanced is this post? Anybody previously acquainted with ML terms should be able to follow along.

Replicate my code: GitHub or Colab

(Skip to training if you know this stuff)


PEFT = parameter-efficient fine-tuning. Performing full-finetuning can lead to catastrophic forgetting because it changes all parameters on the model. Since PEFT only updates a small subset of parameters, it’s more robust against this catastrophic forgetting effect. PEFT is a balance between retaining… Read the full blog for free on Medium.

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