Classification with Delira - A very short introduction

Author: Justus Schock

Date: 04.12.2018

This Example shows how to set up a basic classification PyTorch experiment and Visdom Logging Environment.

Let’s first setup the essential hyperparameters. We will use delira’s Parameters-class for this:

logger = None
import torch
from import Parameters
params = Parameters(fixed_params={
    "model": {
        "in_channels": 1,
        "n_outputs": 10
    "training": {
        "batch_size": 64, # batchsize to use
        "num_epochs": 10, # number of epochs to train
        "optimizer_cls": torch.optim.Adam, # optimization algorithm to use
        "optimizer_params": {'lr': 1e-3}, # initialization parameters for this algorithm
        "losses": {"CE": torch.nn.CrossEntropyLoss()}, # the loss function
        "lr_sched_cls": None,  # the learning rate scheduling algorithm to use
        "lr_sched_params": {}, # the corresponding initialization parameters
        "metrics": {} # and some evaluation metrics

Since we did not specify any metric, only the CrossEntropyLoss will be calculated for each batch. Since we have a classification task, this should be sufficient. We will train our network with a batchsize of 64 by using Adam as optimizer of choice.

Logging and Visualization

To get a visualization of our results, we should monitor them somehow. For logging we will use Visdom. To start a visdom server you need to execute the following command inside an environment which has visdom installed:

visdom -port=9999

This will start a visdom server on port 9999 of your machine and now we can start to configure our logging environment. To view your results you can open http://localhost:9999 in your browser.

from trixi.logger import PytorchVisdomLogger
from delira.logging import TrixiHandler
import logging

logger_kwargs = {
    'name': 'ClassificationExampleLogger', # name of our logging environment
    'port': 9999 # port on which our visdom server is alive

logger_cls = PytorchVisdomLogger

# configure logging module (and root logger)
                    handlers=[TrixiHandler(logger_cls, **logger_kwargs)])

# derive logger from root logger
# (don't do `logger = logging.Logger("...")` since this will create a new
# logger which is unrelated to the root logger
logger = logging.getLogger("Test Logger")

Since a single visdom server can run multiple environments, we need to specify a (unique) name for our environment and need to tell the logger, on which port it can find the visdom server.

Data Preparation


Next we will create a small train and validation set (based on torchvision MNIST):

from delira.data_loading import TorchvisionClassificationDataset

dataset_train = TorchvisionClassificationDataset("mnist", # which dataset to use
                                                 train=True, # use trainset
                                                 img_shape=(224, 224) # resample to 224 x 224 pixels
dataset_val = TorchvisionClassificationDataset("mnist",
                                               img_shape=(224, 224)


For Data-Augmentation we will apply a few transformations:

from batchgenerators.transforms import RandomCropTransform, \
                                        ContrastAugmentationTransform, Compose
from batchgenerators.transforms.spatial_transforms import ResizeTransform
from batchgenerators.transforms.sample_normalization_transforms import MeanStdNormalizationTransform

transforms = Compose([
    RandomCropTransform(200), # Perform Random Crops of Size 200 x 200 pixels
    ResizeTransform(224), # Resample these crops back to 224 x 224 pixels
    ContrastAugmentationTransform(), # randomly adjust contrast
    MeanStdNormalizationTransform(mean=[0.5], std=[0.5])])

With these transformations we can now wrap our datasets into datamanagers:

from delira.data_loading import BaseDataManager, SequentialSampler, RandomSampler

manager_train = BaseDataManager(dataset_train, params.nested_get("batch_size"),

manager_val = BaseDataManager(dataset_val, params.nested_get("batch_size"),


After we have done that, we can finally specify our experiment and run it. We will therfore use the already implemented ClassificationNetworkBasePyTorch which is basically a ResNet18:

import warnings
warnings.simplefilter("ignore", UserWarning) # ignore UserWarnings raised by dependency code
warnings.simplefilter("ignore", FutureWarning) # ignore FutureWarnings raised by dependency code

from import PyTorchExperiment
from import create_optims_default_pytorch
from delira.models.classification import ClassificationNetworkBasePyTorch

if logger is not None:"Init Experiment")
experiment = PyTorchExperiment(params, ClassificationNetworkBasePyTorch,

model =, manager_val)

Congratulations, you have now trained your first Classification Model using delira, we will now predict a few samples from the testset to show, that the networks predictions are valid:

import numpy as np
from import tqdm # utility for progress bars

device = torch.device("cuda" if torch.cuda.is_available() else "cpu") # set device (use GPU if available)
model = # push model to device
preds, labels = [], []

with torch.no_grad():
    for i in tqdm(range(len(dataset_val))):
        img = dataset_val[i]["data"] # get image from current batch
        img_tensor = torch.from_numpy(img).unsqueeze(0).to(device).to(torch.float) # create a tensor from image, push it to device and add batch dimension
        pred_tensor = model(img_tensor) # feed it through the network
        pred = pred_tensor.argmax(1).item() # get index with maximum class confidence
        label = np.asscalar(dataset_val[i]["label"]) # get label from batch
        if i % 1000 == 0:
            print("Prediction: %d \t label: %d" % (pred, label)) # print result

# calculate accuracy
accuracy = (np.asarray(preds) == np.asarray(labels)).sum() / len(preds)
print("Accuracy: %.3f" % accuracy)