Multilingual Wikipedia Corpus

This is a website for multilingual wikipedia corpus used in Learning to Create and Reuse Words in Open-Vocabulary Neural Language Modeling (ACL 2017).


Languages differ in what word formation processes they have. For character-level modeling it is therefore interesting to compare a model's performance across languages. Since there is at present no standard multilingual language modeling dataset, we created a new dataset, the Multilingual Wikipedia Corpus (MWC), a corpus of the same Wikipedia articles in 7 languages which manifest a range of morphological typologies. The MWC contains English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Czech, and Finnish.

To attempt to control for topic divergences across languages, every language's data consists of the same articles. Although these are only comparable (rather than true translations), this ensures that the corpus has a stable topic profile across languages.

Download the dataset from the link below and build awesome character level language models!

If you unzip the file, you will find wiki_{language} folders and each folders contain

Our paper reports results on regular dataset (ptb_format).

We know it's redundant to put raw articles for each document but we expect it will be interesting to work on document level modeling rather than dealing with documents as a single text (as we usually do with neural language modeling).



We constructed the MWC similarly to the WikiText-2 corpus. Articles were selected from Wikipedia in the 7 target languages. To keep the topic distribution to be approximately the same across the corpora, we extracted articles about entities which explained in all the languages. We used wiki-data entity annotations to find associations between articles in different languages.

Articles which exist in all language and each consist of more than 1,000 words were extracted. In total, the dataset is a collection of 797 articles. These cross-lingual articles are, of course, not usually translations, but they tend to be comparable. This filtering ensures that the topic profile in each language is similar. Each language corpus is approximately the same size as the WikiText-2 corpus.

Wikipedia markup was removed with WikiExtractor to obtain plain text. We used the same thresholds to remove rare characters in the WikiText-2 corpus. No tokenization or other normalization (e.g., lowercasing) was done.



Char. Types Word Types OOV rate Tokens Characters
Train Valid Test Train Valid Test Valid Test Train Valid Test Train Valid Test
EN 307 160 157 193808 38826 35093 6.60% 5.46% 2.5M 0.2M 0.2M 15.6M 1.5M 1.3M
FR 272 141 155 166354 34991 38323 6.70% 6.96% 2.0M 0.2M 0.2M 12.4M 1.3M 1.6M
DE 298 162 183 238703 40848 41962 7.07% 7.01% 1.9M 0.2M 0.2M 13.6M 1.2M 1.3M
ES 307 164 176 160574 31358 34999 6.61% 7.35% 1.8M 0.2M 0.2M 11.0M 1.0M 1.3M
CS 238 128 144 167886 23959 29638 5.06% 6.44% 0.9M 0.1M 0.1M 6.1M 0.4M 0.5M
FI 246 123 135 190595 32899 31109 8.33% 7.39% 0.7M 0.1M 0.1M 6.4M 0.7M 0.6M
RU 273 184 196 236834 46663 44772 7.76% 7.20% 1.3M 0.1M 0.1M 9.3M 1.0M 0.9M


Each file in tr/va/te is named with Wikidata ID.

Wikidata ID: Q1

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Please refer to the following paper, if you need.

title={Learning to Create and Reuse Words in Open-Vocabulary Neural Language Modeling},
author={Kawakami, Kazuya and Dyer, Chris and Blunsom, Phil},
booktitle={Proc. ACL},