I'm blanking on the basic ML vocabulary term for the best performing model in the literature.

"Industry best" works, but there's a specific term that's used everywhere that I can't find at the moment or recall.

The winner of imagenet would be called this.

BERT would be called this when it first came out.

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    $\begingroup$ Do you mean "state of the art"? $\endgroup$
    – Dave
    Jul 30, 2021 at 19:51
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    $\begingroup$ Obviously the answer varies over time, but you can always Google her ;-). $\endgroup$
    – whuber
    Jul 30, 2021 at 20:07

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As noticed by @Dave, it's called state of the art, often abbreviated as SOTA.

However always when you hear this phrase keep in mind that people often use it rather loosely. For example, you can find claims in machine learning literature of models being "SOTA" where proper benchmarks (running your model and another model using exactly the same procedure, data preprocessing, etc) were never done. One example is LSTM models commonly considered as "outperformed" by more modern "SOTA" models, where there are empirical results showing that LSTMs can be no worse than the more complicated models.


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