Aging with GRACE: Lifelong Model Editing with Discrete Key-Value Adaptors

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 36 (NeurIPS 2023) Main Conference Track

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Tom Hartvigsen, Swami Sankaranarayanan, Hamid Palangi, Yoon Kim, Marzyeh Ghassemi


Deployed language models decay over time due to shifting inputs, changing user needs, or emergent world-knowledge gaps. When such problems are identified, we want to make targeted edits while avoiding expensive retraining. However, current model editors, which modify such behaviors of pre-trained models, degrade model performance quickly across multiple, sequential edits. We propose GRACE, a \textit{lifelong} model editing method, which implements spot-fixes on streaming errors of a deployed model, ensuring minimal impact on unrelated inputs. GRACE writes new mappings into a pre-trained model's latent space, creating a discrete, local codebook of edits without altering model weights. This is the first method enabling thousands of sequential edits using only streaming errors. Our experiments on T5, BERT, and GPT models show GRACE's state-of-the-art performance in making and retaining edits, while generalizing to unseen inputs. Our code is available at