MLM: IndexError: index out of bounds


I am following this tutorial on masked language modelling using my own dataset: notebooks/language_modeling.ipynb at master · huggingface/notebooks · GitHub, and I am coming across this error:


lm_datasets =


Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/multiprocess/", line 121, in worker
    result = (True, func(*args, **kwds))
  File "/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/datasets/", line 186, in wrapper
    out: Union["Dataset", "DatasetDict"] = func(self, *args, **kwargs)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/datasets/", line 397, in wrapper
    out = func(self, *args, **kwargs)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/datasets/", line 1977, in _map_single
  File "/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/datasets/", line 383, in write_batch
    pa_table = pa.Table.from_pydict(typed_sequence_examples)
  File "pyarrow/table.pxi", line 1559, in pyarrow.lib.Table.from_pydict
  File "pyarrow/array.pxi", line 331, in pyarrow.lib.asarray
    return array(values, type=type)
  File "pyarrow/array.pxi", line 222, in pyarrow.lib.array
    return _handle_arrow_array_protocol(obj, type, mask, size)
  File "pyarrow/array.pxi", line 110, in pyarrow.lib._handle_arrow_array_protocol
    res = obj.__arrow_array__(type=type)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/datasets/", line 100, in __arrow_array__
    if trying_type and out[0].as_py() !=[0]:
  File "pyarrow/array.pxi", line 1067, in pyarrow.lib.Array.__getitem__
    return self.getitem(_normalize_index(key, self.length()))
  File "pyarrow/array.pxi", line 549, in pyarrow.lib._normalize_index
    raise IndexError("index out of bounds")
IndexError: index out of bounds

The above exception was the direct cause of the following exception:

IndexError                                Traceback (most recent call last)

<ipython-input-34-e35eeb51570c> in <module>()
      3     batched=True,
      4     batch_size=1000,
----> 5     num_proc=4,
      6 )

16 frames

/usr/local/lib/python3.7/dist-packages/pyarrow/array.pxi in pyarrow.lib._normalize_index()
    547             raise IndexError("index out of bounds")
    548     elif index >= length:
--> 549         raise IndexError("index out of bounds")
    550     return index

IndexError: index out of bounds

You should deactivate multiprocessing to have a clearer error message (remove num_proc=4). It looks like an indexing error in your dataset.


Okay, thanks for the help. I will try that and get back to you. Also, could you kindly help me out with this issue I am having? Here: [HELP] How to include emojis in masked language modelling?

Could you clarify what exactly is an “indexing” error? I take it might be an element not in the vocabulary?

BTW I am facing the same problem, hence the reason for my query