Belief and Reasoning Dataset

Aristo • 2023
BaRDa is a new belief and reasoning dataset for evaluating the factual correctness ("truth") and reasoning accuracy ("rationality", or "honesty") of new language models. It was created in collaboration with, and with the support of, the Open Philanthropy organization.
License: ODC-BY

While there are numerous benchmarks comparing the performance of modern language models (LMs), end-task evaluations often conflate notions of factual accuracy (“truth”) and reasoning ability (“rationality”, or “honesty” in the sense of correctly reporting implications of beliefs). Our goal is a dataset that clearly distinguishes these two notions. Our approach is to leverage and extend a collection of human-annotated entailment trees, engineered to express both good and bad chains of reasoning, and using a mixture of true and false facts, in particular including counterfactual examples, to avoid belief bias (also known as the “content effect”). The resulting dataset, called BaRDa, contains 3000 entailments (1787 valid, 1213 invalid), using 6681 true and 2319 false statements. Testing on four GPT-series models, GPT3(curie)/GPT3(davinici)/3.5/4, we find factual accuracy (truth) scores of 74.1/80.6/82.6/87.1 and reasoning accuracy scores of 63.1/78.0/71.8/79.2. This shows the clear progression of models towards improved factual accuracy and entailment reasoning, and the dataset provides a new benchmark that more cleanly separates and quantifies these two notions.


Peter Clark, Bhavana Dalvi Mishra, Oyvind Tafjord