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Chinese Word Vectors 中文词向量

This project provides 100+ Chinese Word Vectors (embeddings) trained with different representations (dense and sparse), context features (word, ngram, character, and more), and corpora. One can easily obtain pre-trained vectors with different properties and use them for downstream tasks.

Moreover, we provide a Chinese analogical reasoning dataset CA8 and an evaluation toolkit for users to evaluate the quality of their word vectors.


Please cite the paper, if using these embeddings and CA8 dataset.

Shen Li, Zhe Zhao, Renfen Hu, Wensi Li, Tao Liu, Xiaoyong Du, Analogical Reasoning on Chinese Morphological and Semantic Relations, ACL 2018.

  author =  "Li, Shen
    and Zhao, Zhe
    and Hu, Renfen
    and Li, Wensi
    and Liu, Tao
    and Du, Xiaoyong",
  title =   "Analogical Reasoning on Chinese Morphological and Semantic Relations",
  booktitle =   "Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 2: Short Papers)",
  year =  "2018",
  publisher =   "Association for Computational Linguistics",
  pages =   "138--143",
  location =  "Melbourne, Australia",
  url =   ""


The pre-trained vector files are in text format. Each line contains a word and its vector. Each value is separated by space. The first line records the meta information: the first number indicates the number of words in the file and the second indicates the dimension size.

Besides dense word vectors (trained with SGNS), we also provide sparse vectors (trained with PPMI). They are in the same format with liblinear, where the number before " : " denotes dimension index and the number after the " : " denotes the value.

Pre-trained Chinese Word Vectors

Basic Settings

Window SizeDynamic WindowSub-samplingLow-Frequency WordIterationNegative Sampling*

*Only for SGNS.

Various Domains

Chinese Word Vectors trained with different representations, context features, and corpora.

Word2vec / Skip-Gram with Negative Sampling (SGNS)
Corpus Context Features
Word Word + Ngram Word + Character Word + Character + Ngram
Baidu Encyclopedia 百度百科 300d 300d 300d 300d
Wikipedia_zh 中文维基百科 300d 300d 300d 300d
People's Daily News 人民日报 300d 300d 300d 300d
Sogou News 搜狗新闻 300d 300d 300d 300d
Financial News 金融新闻 300d 300d 300d 300d
Zhihu_QA 知乎问答 300d 300d 300d 300d
Weibo 微博 300d 300d 300d 300d
Literature 文学作品 300d 300d 300d 300d
Complete Library in Four Sections
300d 300d NAN NAN
Mixed-large 综合 300d 300d 300d 300d
Positive Pointwise Mutual Information (PPMI)
Corpus Context Features
Word Word + Ngram Word + Character Word + Character + Ngram
Baidu Encyclopedia 百度百科 Sparse Sparse Sparse Sparse
Wikipedia_zh 中文维基百科 Sparse Sparse Sparse Sparse
People's Daily News 人民日报 Sparse Sparse Sparse Sparse
Sogou News 搜狗新闻 Sparse Sparse Sparse Sparse
Financial News 金融新闻 Sparse Sparse Sparse Sparse
Zhihu_QA 知乎问答 Sparse Sparse Sparse Sparse
Weibo 微博 Sparse Sparse Sparse Sparse
Literature 文学作品 Sparse Sparse Sparse Sparse
Complete Library in Four Sections
Sparse Sparse NAN NAN
Mixed-large 综合 Sparse Sparse Sparse Sparse

*Character embeddings are provided, since most of Hanzi are words in the archaic Chinese.

Various Co-occurrence Information

We release word vectors upon different co-occurrence statistics. Target and context vectors are often called input and output vectors in some related papers.

In this part, one can obtain vectors of arbitrary linguistic units beyond word. For example, character vectors is in the context vectors of word-character.

All vectors are trained by SGNS on Baidu Encyclopedia.

FeatureCo-occurrence TypeTarget Word VectorsContext Word Vectors
Word Word → Word300d 300d
Ngram Word → Ngram (1-2) 300d 300d
Word → Ngram (1-3) 300d 300d
Ngram (1-2) → Ngram (1-2) 300d 300d
CharacterWord → Character (1) 300d 300d
Word → Character (1-2) 300d 300d
Word → Character (1-4) 300d 300d
Radical Radical 300d 300d
PositionWord → Word (left/right) 300d 300d
Word → Word (distance) 300d 300d
GlobalWord → Text 300d 300d
Syntactic FeatureWord → POS 300d 300d
Word → Dependency300d 300d


Existing word representation methods fall into one of the two classes, dense and sparse represnetations. SGNS model (a model in word2vec toolkit) and PPMI model are respectively typical methods of these two classes. SGNS model trains low-dimensional real (dense) vectors through a shallow neural network. It is also called neural embedding method. PPMI model is a sparse bag-of-feature representation weighted by positive-pointwise-mutual-information (PPMI) weighting scheme.

Context Features

Three context features: word, ngram, and character are commonly used in the word embedding literature. Most word representation methods essentially exploit word-word co-occurrence statistics, namely using word as context feature (word feature). Inspired by language modeling problem, we introduce ngram feature into the context. Both word-word and word-ngram co-occurrence statistics are used for training (ngram feature). For Chinese, characters (Hanzi) often convey strong semantics. To this end, we consider using word-word and word-character co-occurrence statistics for learning word vectors. The length of character-level ngrams ranges from 1 to 4 (character feature).

Besides word, ngram, and character, there are other features which have substantial influence on properties of word vectors. For example, using entire text as context feature could introduce more topic information into word vectors; using dependency parse as context feature could add syntactic constraint to word vectors. 17 co-occurrence types are considered in this project.


We made great efforts to collect corpus across various domains. All text data are preprocessed by removing html and xml tags. Only the plain text are kept and HanLP(v_1.5.3) is used for word segmentation. The detailed corpora information is listed as follows:

Corpus Size Tokens Vocabulary Size Description
Baidu Encyclopedia
4.1G 745M 5422K Chinese Encyclopedia data from
1.3G 223M 2129K Chinese Wikipedia data from
People's Daily News
3.9G 668M 1664K News data from People's Daily(1946-2017)
Sogou News
3.7G 649M 1226K News data provided by Sogou labs
Financial News
6.2G 1055M 2785K Financial news collected from multiple news websites
2.1G 384M 1117K Chinese QA data from
0.73G 136M 850K Chinese microblog data provided by NLPIR Lab
0.93G 177M 702K 8599 modern Chinese literature works
22.6G 4037M 10653K We build the large corpus by merging the above corpora.
Complete Library in Four Sections
1.5G 714M 21.8K The largest collection of texts in pre-modern China.

All words are concerned, including low frequency words.


All word vectors are trained by ngram2vec toolkit. Ngram2vec toolkit is a superset of word2vec and fasttext toolkit, where arbitrary context features and models are supported.

Chinese Word Analogy Benchmarks

The quality of word vectors is often evaluated by analogy question tasks. In this project, two benchmarks are exploited for evaluation. The first is CA-translated, where most analogy questions are directly translated from English benchmark. Although CA-translated has been widely used in many Chinese word embedding papers, it only contains questions of three semantic questions and covers 134 Chinese words. In contrast, CA8 is specifically designed for Chinese language. It contains 17813 analogy questions and covers comprehensive morphological and semantic relations. The CA-translated, CA8, and their detailed descriptions are provided in testsets folder.

Evaluation Toolkit

We present an evaluation toolkit in evaluation folder.

Run the following codes to evaluate dense vectors.

$ python -v <vector.txt> -a CA8/morphological.txt
$ python -v <vector.txt> -a CA8/semantic.txt

Run the following codes to evaluate sparse vectors.

$ python -v <vector.txt> -a CA8/morphological.txt
$ python -v <vector.txt> -a CA8/semantic.txt