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How to do Cross Validation in Ignite

This how-to guide demonstrates how we can do Cross Validation using the k-fold technique with PyTorch-Ignite and save the best results.

Cross Validation is useful for tuning model parameters or when the available data is insufficient to properly test

In this example, we will be using a ResNet18 model on the MNIST dataset. The base code is the same as used in the Getting Started Guide.

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Basic Setup

Besides the usual libraries, we will also use scikit-learn library, that features many learning algorithms. Here, we are going to use the KFold class.

import torch
import torch.nn as nn
from import DataLoader, SubsetRandomSampler, ConcatDataset
from torchvision.datasets import MNIST
from torchvision.models import resnet18
from torchvision.transforms import Compose, Normalize, ToTensor

from sklearn.model_selection import KFold
import numpy as np

from ignite.engine import Events, create_supervised_trainer, create_supervised_evaluator
from ignite.metrics import Accuracy, Loss, RunningAverage
device = torch.device("cuda" if torch.cuda.is_available() else "cpu")

class Net(nn.Module):
    def __init__(self):
        super(Net, self).__init__()

        self.model = resnet18(num_classes=10)
        self.model.conv1 = nn.Conv2d(
            1, 64, kernel_size=3, padding=1, bias=False

    def forward(self, x):
        return self.model(x)

data_transform = Compose([ToTensor(), Normalize((0.1307,), (0.3081,))])

train_dataset = MNIST(download=True, root=".", transform=data_transform, train=True)
test_dataset = MNIST(download=True, root=".", transform=data_transform, train=False)
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  return torch.from_numpy(parsed.astype(m[2], copy=False)).view(*s)
def initialize():
    model = Net().to(device)
    optimizer = torch.optim.RMSprop(model.parameters(), lr=1e-06)
    criterion = nn.CrossEntropyLoss()

    return model, optimizer, criterion

Training using k-fold

To be able to use KFold to train the model, we have to split the data in k samples. We will use an map-style data loader so then we will be able to access the dataset by its indices. Here, we are using SubsetRandomSampler to sample the data elements randomly from the indices provided by the KFold.

As we can see below, the SubsetRandomSampler generates lists of data indices according to the train_idx and val_idx, values provided by the KFold class. Then, these lists of indices are used to build the training and validation data samples.

def setup_dataflow(dataset, train_idx, val_idx):
    train_sampler = SubsetRandomSampler(train_idx)
    val_sampler = SubsetRandomSampler(val_idx)

    train_loader = DataLoader(dataset, batch_size=128, sampler=train_sampler)
    val_loader = DataLoader(dataset, batch_size=256, sampler=val_sampler)

    return train_loader, val_loader

The training process will run for three epochs. For each of them, we calculate Accuracy and average Loss as metrics.

At the end of each epoch, we will store these metrics in train_results and val_results so we can evaluate the training progress later.

def train_model(train_loader, val_loader):
    max_epochs = 3

    train_results = []
    val_results = []

    model, optimizer, criterion = initialize()

    trainer = create_supervised_trainer(model, optimizer, criterion, device=device)
    evaluator = create_supervised_evaluator(model, metrics={"Accuracy": Accuracy(), "Loss": Loss(criterion)}, device=device)

    def log_training_results(trainer):
        metrics = evaluator.state.metrics
        print(f"Training Results - Epoch[{trainer.state.epoch}] Avg accuracy: {metrics['Accuracy']:.2f} Avg loss: {metrics['Loss']:.2f}")

    def log_validation_results(trainer):
        metrics = evaluator.state.metrics
        val_results.append(metrics), max_epochs=max_epochs) 

    return train_results, val_results

Let’s concatenate both the datasets so that we can divide them into folds later.

dataset = ConcatDataset([train_dataset, test_dataset])

We will split the dataset into three folds for training and, consequently, three folds for validation.

num_folds = 3
splits = KFold(n_splits=num_folds,shuffle=True,random_state=42)

We are going to train the model using the folds we created above and we will store the metrics returned by the training method for each of them.

results_per_fold = []

for fold_idx, (train_idx,val_idx) in enumerate(splits.split(np.arange(len(dataset)))):

    print('Fold {}'.format(fold_idx + 1))

    train_loader, val_loader = setup_dataflow(dataset, train_idx, val_idx)
    train_results, val_results = train_model(train_loader, val_loader)
    results_per_fold.append([train_results, val_results])
Fold 1
Training Results - Epoch[1] Avg accuracy: 0.73 Avg loss: 1.38
Training Results - Epoch[2] Avg accuracy: 0.84 Avg loss: 0.90
Training Results - Epoch[3] Avg accuracy: 0.89 Avg loss: 0.61
Fold 2
Training Results - Epoch[1] Avg accuracy: 0.74 Avg loss: 1.35
Training Results - Epoch[2] Avg accuracy: 0.85 Avg loss: 0.86


After training the model, it is possible to evaluate its overall performance.

For every fold we will get the Accuracy score (current_fold[1][2]["Accuracy"]) of the validation step (current_fold[1]) at epoch 3 (current_fold[1][2]), the last of our training.

In the end, we averaged the validation accuracy score for each fold. This will be our final metric for the model trained using the k-fold technique.

acc_sum = 0
for n_fold in range(len(results_per_fold)):
  current_fold = results_per_fold[n_fold]
  print(f"Validation Results - Fold[{n_fold + 1}] Avg accuracy: {current_fold[1][2]['Accuracy']:.2f} Avg loss: {current_fold[1][2]['Loss']:.2f}")
  acc_sum += current_fold[1][2]['Accuracy']

folds_mean = acc_sum/num_folds
print(f"Model validation average for {num_folds}-folds: {folds_mean :.2f}")
Validation Results - Epoch[1] Avg accuracy: 0.89 Avg loss: 0.61
Validation Results - Epoch[2] Avg accuracy: 0.90 Avg loss: 0.57
Validation Results - Epoch[3] Avg accuracy: 0.89 Avg loss: 0.57
Model validation average for 3-folds: 0.89