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I am trying to evaluate the likelihood of generating a specific sentence out of a large set of sentences. To do this, I start from a simple approach: training a custom n-gram language model and calculating the perplexity values for a list of sentences.

I found that the package KenLM (https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W11-2123/) was often used to do this task. However, it's kind of old (published in 2011).

On the other hand, I noticed that the two most famous state-of-the-art NLP packages, BERT and GPT-2, are both about pre-trained models.

I wonder if there is any package newer than KenLM suitable for this kind of likelihood evaluation task.

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I suggest you use the Hugging Face implementation which has all the state of the art language models, and fine tune them on your dataset. They have easy to use APIs for finetuning which are same across all the LM models.

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