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Solving Quantitative Reasoning Problems with Language Models

Aitor Lewkowycz
David Martin Dohan
Henryk Michalewski
Cem Anil
Imanol Schlag
Theo Gutman-Solo
Yuhuai Wu
Guy Gur-Ari
NeurIPS (2022)


Language models have achieved remarkable performance on a wide range of tasks that require natural language understanding. Nevertheless, state-of-the-art models have generally struggled with tasks that require quantitative reasoning, such as solving mathematics, science, and engineering problems at the college level. To help close this gap, we introduce Minerva, a large language model pretrained on general natural language data and further trained on technical content. The model achieves state-of-the-art performance on technical benchmarks without the use of external tools. We also evaluate our model on over two hundred undergraduate-level problems in physics, biology, chemistry, economics, and other sciences that require quantitative reasoning, and find that the model can correctly answer nearly a third of them.