Gold Blog10 Underappreciated Python Packages for Machine Learning Practitioners

Here are 10 underappreciated Python packages covering neural architecture design, calibration, UI creation and dissemination.

By Vinay Uday Prabhu, Chief Scientist at UnifyID Inc.


Collage of all the PyPi packages listed here


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“The power of Open Source is the power of the people. The people rule”: Philippe Kahn

Ever since my doctoral studies that mostly entailed performing statistical analysis in R ( and admittedly Octave/MATLAB), I have strongly embraced the emergence of Python as the lingua franca amongst machine learners / data scientists / *insert latest profession-buzzword here*.

My daily workflow involves quickly reacting to the vagaries of messy real-world data, in all it’s naive-assumption-shattering glory. One major difference between graduate school and industry to me is the conquest of the inner-ego that goads you to implement algorithms from scratch. Once past the white-boarding/hypothesis building phase I quickly parse through the PyPi repository to check if any of the constituent modules have already been authored. This is typically followed by a

>> pip install *PACKAGE_NAME* ritual and voila, I find myself standing on the shoulders of the open-source giants whose careful work I am now harnessing to scale the DIKW pyramid.

I authored this blogpost to acknowledge, celebrate and yes, publicize, some amazing and under-appreciated PyPi packages that I used this past year; ones that I strongly feel deserve more recognition and love from our community. This is also my humble ode to the open-source scholars’ sweat equity that oft gets buried inside the pip install command.

Caveat on sub-domain bias: This particular post is focused on machine learning pipelines entailing neural networks/deep learning. I plan to author similarly focused blogposts on specialized topics such as time-series analysis and human-kinematics analysis in the near future.✌️

What follows below are basic introductions into the 10 PyPi packages spanning:
a) Neural network architecture specification and trainingNSL-tfKymatio and LARQ
b) Post training calibration and performance benchmarkingNetCal, PyEER and Baycomp.

c) Pre real-world deployment stress-testing: PyOD, HyPPO and Gradio
d) Documentation / disseminationJupyter_to_medium


0: Pip install the above mentioned packages :)


!pip install --quiet neural-structured-learning
!pip install --quiet larq larq-zoo 
!pip install --quiet kymatio
!pip install --quiet netcal
!pip install --quiet baycomp
!pip install --quiet pyeer
!pip install --quiet pyod
!pip install --quiet hyppo
!pip install --quiet gradio
!pip install --quiet jupyter_to_medium


A) Neural network architecture specification and training: NSL-tfKymatio and LARQ


1: Neural Structured Learning- Tensorflow:

At the heart of most off-the-shelf classification algorithms in machine learning lies the i.i.d fallacy. Simply put, the algorithm design rests on the assumption that the samples in the training set (as well as the test-set) are independent and identically distributed. In reality however, this rarely holds true and there exist correlations between the samples that can be harnessed to achieve better accuracy and explainability as well. In a wide array of application scenarios (See Fig-1), these correlations are captured by an underlying graph (G(V,E)) that can either be co-mined or statistically inferred. For example, if you are performing, say, sentiment detection of textual-tweets, the underlying follower-following social graph provides vital cues that models the social context in which the tweet was authored. This social neighborhood information can then be harnessed to perform network-aided classification that can be crucial in guarding against text-only shortcomings such as sarcasm mis-detection and hashtag-hijacking.


Fig-1: Examples of online information graphs


My PhD thesis titled “Network Aided Classification and Detection of Data” literally explored the science and algorithmics of this graph-enhanced machine learning and it was so heartening to see Tensorflow release the Neural structured learning framework along with a series of well crafted tutorials ( youtube playlist ) along with an easy-to-follow NSL Example colab-notebook.

In the example cell below, we train a NSL-enhanced neural network for the standard MNIST dataset in an adversarial setting:

import tensorflow as tf
import neural_structured_learning as nsl
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

# Prepare data.
(x_train, y_train), (x_test, y_test) = tf.keras.datasets.mnist.load_data()
x_train, x_test = x_train / 255.0, x_test / 255.0

# Create a base model -- sequential, functional, or subclass.
model = tf.keras.Sequential([
    tf.keras.Input((28, 28), name='feature'),
    tf.keras.layers.Dense(128, activation=tf.nn.relu),
    tf.keras.layers.Dense(10, activation=tf.nn.softmax)

# Wrap the model with adversarial regularization.
adv_config = nsl.configs.make_adv_reg_config(multiplier=0.2, adv_step_size=0.05)
adv_model = nsl.keras.AdversarialRegularization(model, adv_config=adv_config)

# Compile, train, and evaluate.
                  metrics=['accuracy']){'feature': x_train, 'label': y_train}, batch_size=32, epochs=5)
adv_model.evaluate({'feature': x_test, 'label': y_test})Epoch 1/5

1875/1875 [==============================] - 39s 2ms/step - loss: 0.5215 - sparse_categorical_crossentropy: 0.4292 - sparse_categorical_accuracy: 0.8781 - scaled_adversarial_loss: 0.0924
Epoch 2/5
1875/1875 [==============================] - 4s 2ms/step - loss: 0.1447 - sparse_categorical_crossentropy: 0.1171 - sparse_categorical_accuracy: 0.9663 - scaled_adversarial_loss: 0.0276
Epoch 3/5
1875/1875 [==============================] - 4s 2ms/step - loss: 0.0944 - sparse_categorical_crossentropy: 0.0758 - sparse_categorical_accuracy: 0.9770 - scaled_adversarial_loss: 0.0186
Epoch 4/5
1875/1875 [==============================] - 4s 2ms/step - loss: 0.0672 - sparse_categorical_crossentropy: 0.0536 - sparse_categorical_accuracy: 0.9840 - scaled_adversarial_loss: 0.0137
Epoch 5/5
1875/1875 [==============================] - 4s 2ms/step - loss: 0.0532 - sparse_categorical_crossentropy: 0.0421 - sparse_categorical_accuracy: 0.9876 - scaled_adversarial_loss: 0.0111

313/313 [==============================] - 1s 2ms/step - loss: 0.0940 - sparse_categorical_crossentropy: 0.0751 - sparse_categorical_accuracy: 0.9761 - scaled_adversarial_loss: 0.0189

 0.018897896632552147]Y_pred_test=adv_model.predict({'feature': x_test, 'label': y_test})
Y_pred_test.shape(10000, 10)


2: Kymatio: Wavelet scattering in Python

Here’s one of the best (or worst?) kept secrets in ML: A lot of the easy datasets (read the x-mnist family / cats-v-dogs / Hot-Dog classification) require NO backprop/SGD training histrionics.

The classes are separable enough and the architecture-induced discriminative capacity is high enough that careful initialization using Grassmannian codebooks or wavelet filters followed by ‘last-layer’ hyper-plane learning (using standard regression techniques) should suffice to obtain a high-accuracy classifier.

In this regard, Kymatio has played a Caesar-esque role in the wavelet filters world uniting all the previous siloed projects such as ScatNetscattering.mPyScatWaveWaveletScattering.jl, and PyScatHarm into one easy to use monolithic portable framework that seamlessly works across six frontend–backend pairs: NumPy (CPU), scikit-learn (CPU), pure PyTorch (CPU and GPU), PyTorch+scikit-cuda (GPU), TensorFlow (CPU and GPU), and Keras (CPU and GPU).

In the example cell below, we use the in-built Scattering2D class to train another MNIST-neural network that attains 92.84% accuracy in 15 epochs. This package is wonderfully well documented with a plethora of interesting examples such as Classification of spoken digit recordings using 1D scattering transforms and 3D scattering quantum chemistry regression.

# 1: Importsfrom tensorflow.keras.models import Model
from tensorflow.keras.layers import Input, Flatten, Dense
from kymatio.keras import Scattering2D
# Above, we import the Scattering2D class from the kymatio.keras package.# 2: Model definitioninputs = Input(shape=(28, 28))
x = Scattering2D(J=3, L=8)(inputs)
x = Flatten()(x)
x_out = Dense(10, activation='softmax')(x)
model_kymatio = Model(inputs, x_out)
print(model_kymatio.summary())# 3: Compile and trainmodel_kymatio.compile(optimizer='adam',
              metrics=['accuracy'])# We then train the model_kymatio using on a subset of the MNIST data.[:10000], y_train[:10000], epochs=15,
          batch_size=64, validation_split=0.2)
# Finally, we evaluate the model_kymatio on the held-out test data.model_kymatio.evaluate(x_test, y_test)Model: "model"
Layer (type)                 Output Shape              Param #   
input_1 (InputLayer)         [(None, 28, 28)]          0         
scattering2d (Scattering2D)  (None, 217, 3, 3)         0         
flatten_1 (Flatten)          (None, 1953)              0         
dense_2 (Dense)              (None, 10)                19540     
Total params: 19,540
Trainable params: 19,540
Non-trainable params: 0

313/313 [==============================] - 36s 114ms/step - loss: 0.6448 - accuracy: 0.9285[0.6448228359222412, 0.9284999966621399]



I met the LARQ developers last December during NEURIPS-2019 in Vancouver where they unveiled their new open-source Python library for training Binarized Neural Networks (BNNs) alongside the poster of their paper titled Latent Weights Do Not Exist: Rethinking Binarized

Neural Network Optimization. While there seems to be a lot of interest towards model compression for resource constrained on-device deployment (Here’s 42 of ‘em!), training fast-and-frugal Binary Neural Networks from scratch seems to be an option that many seem to discount at the outset.

The LARQ package should help change things on that front given the ease of use, fast inference (Convolution operations turn into xor/bit-shifts with binarized weights), brilliant documentation and plentiful architecture examples that one can then hack away by means of a full-fledged model zoo. This year, I have personally published work on style-transfer and a 40 kB BiPedalNet model using LARQ and it’s always a breeze to work with this toolkit. Besides the Zoo, the package is also accompanied by a highly optimized Compute Engine that currently supports various mobile platforms, has been benchmarked on a Pixel 1 phone & Raspberry Pi and also provides a collection of hand-optimized TensorFlow Lite custom operators for supported instruction sets, developed in inline assembly or in C++ using compiler intrinsics.

In the example code cell below, we train a 13.19 KB BNN that hits 98.31 % on the MNIST dataset in 6 epochs and also demonstrate how easy it is to pull one of the SOTA pre-trained QuickNet models from the LARQ-zoo and run inference.

import larq as lq
# MODEL DEFINITION (All quantized layers except the first will use the same options)kwargs = dict(input_quantizer="ste_sign",
              kernel_constraint="weight_clip")model_bnn = tf.keras.models.Sequential()# In the first layer we only quantize the weights and not the input
model_bnn.add(lq.layers.QuantConv2D(32, (3, 3),
                                input_shape=(28, 28, 1)))
model_bnn.add(tf.keras.layers.MaxPooling2D((2, 2)))
model_bnn.add(tf.keras.layers.BatchNormalization(scale=False))model_bnn.add(lq.layers.QuantConv2D(64, (3, 3), use_bias=False, **kwargs))
model_bnn.add(tf.keras.layers.MaxPooling2D((2, 2)))
model_bnn.add(tf.keras.layers.BatchNormalization(scale=False))model_bnn.add(lq.layers.QuantConv2D(64, (3, 3), use_bias=False, **kwargs))
model_bnn.add(tf.keras.layers.Flatten())model_bnn.add(lq.layers.QuantDense(64, use_bias=False, **kwargs))
model_bnn.add(lq.layers.QuantDense(10, use_bias=False, **kwargs))
model_bnn.add(tf.keras.layers.Activation("softmax"))# MODEL DEFINITON AND TRAINING print(lq.models.summary(model_bnn))
              metrics=['accuracy'])x_train_bnn = x_train.reshape((60000, 28, 28, 1))
x_test_bnn = x_test.reshape((10000, 28, 28, 1)),y_train, batch_size=64, epochs=6)test_loss, test_acc = model_bnn.evaluate(x_test_bnn, y_test)
print(f"Test accuracy {test_acc * 100:.2f} %")
+sequential_1 summary--------------------------+
| Total params                      93.6 k     |
| Trainable params                  93.1 k     |
| Non-trainable params              468        |
| Model size                        13.19 KiB  |
| Model size (8-bit FP weights)     11.82 KiB  |
| Float-32 Equivalent               365.45 KiB |
| Compression Ratio of Memory       0.04       |
| Number of MACs                    2.79 M     |
| Ratio of MACs that are binarized  0.9303     |
313/313 [==============================] - 1s 2ms/step - loss: 0.3632 - accuracy: 0.9831
Test accuracy 98.31 %Y_pred_bnn = model_bnn.predict(x_test_bnn)
(y_pred_bnn==y_test).mean()0.9831import tensorflow_datasets as tfds
import larq_zoo as lqz
from urllib.request import urlopen
from PIL import Image
#####################################img_path = ""with urlopen(img_path) as f:
    img =, 224))x = tf.keras.preprocessing.image.img_to_array(img)
x = lqz.preprocess_input(x)
x = np.expand_dims(x, axis=0)
model = lqz.sota.QuickNet(weights="imagenet")
preds = model.predict(x)
pred_dec=lqz.decode_predictions(preds, top=5)[0]
print(f'Top-5 predictions: {pred_dec}')#####################################pred_dec=lqz.decode_predictions(preds, top=5)[0]
plt.title(f'Top prediction:\n {pred_dec[0]}');Top-5 predictions: [('n02504458', 'African_elephant', 0.7053231), ('n01871265', 'tusker', 0.2933379), ('n02504013', 'Indian_elephant', 0.001338586), ('n02408429', 'water_buffalo', 7.938418e-08), ('n01704323', 'triceratops', 7.2361296e-08)]



B) Post training calibration and performance benchmarking: NetCal, PyEER and BayComp

In this section, we’ll look at packages that are useful in the post-training pre-deployment scenario where the practitioner’s goals are to calibrate the outputs a of a pre-trained model and rigorously benchmark the performance of multiple models ripe for deployment.


1: Netcal:



Fig-2: Scaling v/s Binning v/s Scaling-Binning. ‘B’ denotes the # of distinct probabilities the model
outputs. Source:


Often times, I have seen ML practitioners buy into this false equivalence between the output softmax values and probabilities. They are anything but that! Their co-inhabitance of the (0,1] space allows them to masquerade as probabilities but the ‘raw’ softmax values are, well, ‘uncalibrated’ put nicely. Hence, post-training calibration is a rapidly growing body of work in deep learning, and the techniques proposed herewith largely falls into 3 categories (See Fig-2):

With regards to all the above stated Binning and Scaling techniques, the implementations with extremely well authored documentation is available in the NetCal. The package also included primitives for generating Reliability Diagrams and estimating calibration error metrics such as Expected /Max/Average Calibration Errors as well.

In the cell below, we see use the obtained softmax values on the MNIST test-set (from the NSL trained model above) to demonstrate the usage of the Temperature Scaling calibration and Reliability-Diagram generation routines.

# In case you also want to try the scaling-binning calibration: #!pip3 install git+ # PyPi--> Kaputfrom netcal.scaling import TemperatureScaling
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

### Initialize and transform

temperature = TemperatureScaling(), y_test)
calibrated = temperature.transform(Y_pred_test)
### Visualization

fig, axes = plt.subplots(nrows=1, ncols=2,figsize=(10,4))
axes[0].matshow(Y_pred_test.T,aspect='auto', cmap='jet')
axes[0].set_title("Original Uncalibrated softmax")
axes[0].set_xlabel("Test image index (10k images)")
axes[0].set_ylabel("Class index")
# axes[0].set_xticks([])
axes[1].matshow(calibrated.T,aspect='auto', cmap='jet')
axes[1].set_title("T-scaled softmax")
axes[1].set_xlabel("Test image index (10k images)")
# axes[1].set_xticks([])


for i in range(5):
  plt.title(f'{class_pred_i} | {softmax_uncalib_i} | {softmax_calib_i}')
plt.suptitle('Correct predictions \n Class | Uncalibrated |  Calibrated');
for i in range(5):
  plt.title(f'{class_pred_i} | {softmax_uncalib_i} | {softmax_calib_i}')
plt.suptitle('Wrong predictions \n Class | Uncalibrated |  Calibrated');



from netcal.presentation import ReliabilityDiagram
n_bins = 10
diagram = ReliabilityDiagram(n_bins)
diagram.plot(Y_pred_test, y_test)  # visualize miscalibration of uncalibrated



2: Baycomp: So you think you have a better classifier?

One of the under-rated conundrums that both ML practitioners and in some ways, research paper reviewers, grapple with, is rigorously ascertaining the predictive supremacy of one classifier model over the other(s). Model-Olympics platforms like Papers with code further promulgate this model-ranking fallacy by erroneously centering the top-1 accuracy metric (See Fig below) as the deciding measure.


So, given two classifications models with similar engineering overheads to deploy, how do you choose one over the other? Typically, we have a standard benchmarking dataset (or a set of datasets) that serve as the testing ground for classifier-wars. After obtaining the ‘raw accuracy metrics over this dataset-space’ a statistical minded machine learner might be inclined to use tools from the frequentist null hypothesis significance testing (NHST) framework to establish which classifier is ‘better’. However, as stated here, “Many scientific fields however realized the shortcomings of frequentist reasoning and in the most radical cases even banned its use in publications”.

Baycomp emerges in this context providing a Bayesian framework for comparison of classifiers. The library helps compute three probabilities:

  • P_left : The probability that the first classifier has higher accuracy scores than the second.
  • P_rope: The probability that differences are within the region of practical equivalence (rope)
  • P_right: The probability that the second classifier has higher scores.

The region opractical equivalence (rope) is specified by the machine learner who is well versed with what could be safely assumed to be equivalent in the domain of deployment.

In the example cell below, we consider both, a synthetic example entailing two closely competitive classifiers as well as the two classifiers we just trained using the NSL-TF and LARQ-BNN frameworks on the MNIST dataset

# Helper function to plot the accuracies
def bar_plt2(acc_1,acc_2,label_1='Legacy classifier',label_2='New classifier',X_LABELS=['default'],Category_x='Dataset'):
  # set width of bar

  barWidth = 0.25
  # Set position of bar on X axis
  r1 = np.arange(len(acc_1))
  r2 = [x + barWidth for x in r1]
  # Make the plot, acc_1, color='#7f6d5f', width=barWidth, edgecolor='white', label=label_1), acc_2, color='#557f2d', width=barWidth, edgecolor='white', label=label_2)
  # Add xticks on the middle of the group bars
  plt.xlabel(Category_x, fontweight='bold')
  plt.xticks([r + barWidth for r in range(len(acc_1))],X_LABELS)
  plt.title('Accuracy comparison of the two classifiers') 

  # Create legend & Show graphic
  return Noneimport string
from baycomp import *
# First, let us generate two synthetic classifier accuracy vectors across 10 hypothetical datasets.
# Accuracies obtained by a legacy classifier
# Accuracies obtained by a new-proposed classifier
print(f'The mean accuracies of the two classifiers are: {mean_legacy} and {mean_new}')

bar_plt2(classifier_legacy_acc,classifier_new_acc)The mean accuracies of the two classifiers are: 82.0 and 81.8


print('$p_{left}, p_{rope},p_{right}$ using the two_on_multiple function: ')
print(two_on_multiple(classifier_legacy_acc, classifier_new_acc, rope=1))

# With some additional arguments, the function can also plot the posterior distribution from 
# which these probabilities came.
# Tests are packed into test classes. 
# The above call is equivalent to

print('$p_{left}, p_{rope},p_{right}$ using the SignedRankTest.probs function: ')
print(SignedRankTest.probs(classifier_legacy_acc, classifier_new_acc, rope=1))

# and to get a plot, we call

print(SignedRankTest.plot(classifier_legacy_acc, classifier_new_acc, rope=1, names=("Legacy-SRT", "New-SRT")))

# To switch to another test, use another class:
SignTest.probs(classifier_legacy_acc, classifier_new_acc, rope=1)
# Finally, we can construct and query sampled posterior distributions.

posterior = SignedRankTest(classifier_legacy_acc, classifier_new_acc, rope=1)
posterior.plot(names=("legacy-Post", "new-Post"))$p_{left}, p_{rope},p_{right}$ using the two_on_multiple function: 
(0.28222, 0.4604, 0.25738)
$p_{left}, p_{rope},p_{right}$ using the SignedRankTest.probs function: 

(0.28056, 0.46356, 0.25588)
for c in range(10):
  acc_bnn[c]= (y_pred_bnn[mask_c]==c).mean()
  acc_nsl[c]= (y_pred_nsl[mask_c]==c).mean()

bar_plt2(acc_nsl,acc_bnn,label_1='NSL',label_2='BNN',X_LABELS=list(np.arange(10).astype(str)),Category_x='MNIST digit classes')
posterior = SignedRankTest(acc_nsl, acc_bnn, rope=0.005)
posterior.plot(names=("NSL", "BNN"))
(0.0, 0.2846, 0.7154)



Using baycomp to compare classifiers +NSL v/s BNN classifier comparison on the MNIST dataset


Important caveatThere is a related but distinct conversation surrounding the very culture of predictive accuracy veneration in ML. This predicitivism v/s accommodation debate in science has been evolving since the days of John Herschel and William Whewell in the 1800s.


3: PyEER



The wide repertoire of methods available in PyEER


Another way of comparing two classifiers, especially in the context of solving the binary authentication problem (Not surveillance but Authentication) is by plotting the comparative detection error tradeoff (DET) and Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) graphs. PyEER is an absolute tour-de-force in this regard as it serves as a one-stop-shop for not just plotting the relevant graphs but also auto-generating metrics-reports and estimating EER-optimal-thresholds. In the example cell below, we compare the Angle-Based Outlier Detector (ABOD)and the KNN inlier-outlier detector binary classifiers that’ll be introduced in the forthcoming section on pre-deployment Out-of-Distribution detection techniques.

from pyeer.eer_info import get_eer_stats
from import generate_eer_report, export_error_rates
from pyeer.plot import plot_eer_stats

# Gather up all the 'Genuine scores' and the 'impostor scores'



# Calculating stats for classifier A
stats_abod = get_eer_stats(gscores_abod, iscores_abod)

# Calculating stats for classifier B
stats_knn = get_eer_stats(gscores_knn, iscores_knn)
print(f'EER-KNN = {stats_knn.eer}, EER-ABOD = {stats_abod.eer}')
plot_eer_stats([stats_abod, stats_knn], ['ABOD', 'KNN'])##############################
import matplotlib.image as mpimg
img1 = mpimg.imread('DET.png')
img2 = mpimg.imread('ROC.png')


plt.imshow(img2) = 0.0, EER-ABOD = 0.008333333333333333



C: Pre real-world deployment stress-testing: PyOD, HyPPO and Gradio



The landscape of OOD susceptibility: Access the SVG here


Vulnerability to Out-of-distribution (OOD) samples resulting in confident mispredictions is currently one of the most serious roadblocks that haunts the transition of ML ideas from pretty little papers to real-world deployment where the inputs have no guarantees to emanate from the proverbial training manifold. In a joint project with Matthew McAteer, I’ve created a landscape of susceptibility (See figure above) that should empower machine learners to cover the wide spectrum of specific vulnerability-vectors with regards to their models.

While there is no silver bullet (and there perhaps will never be — See this & this), it’d be hard to argue against incorporating OOD-model regularization and OOD-detection modules into your pipelines.

With regards to OOD-detection, I felt that there were 3 recent efforts that have gone under-adopted by the ML community.

The first two, PyOD and HyPPO, would be useful for pre-filtering inputs before performing inference and the third, Gradio, is an amazing tool for human-in-the-loop white-hat stress testing and complementary to efforts such as Dynabench by FAIR.





PyOD is arguably the most comprehensive and scalable Outlier Detection Python toolkit out there that includes implementation of more than 30 detection algorithms!

It is somewhat rare for a student-maintained PyPi package to incorporate software engineering best practices that ensures that model classes implemented are covered by unit testing with cross platform continuous integration, code coverage and code maintainability checks. This combined with a a clean unified API, detailed documentation and just-in-time (JIT) compiled execution makes it an absolute breeze to both learn about the different techniques and use it in practice. The efforts invested by the authors towards careful parallelization has resulted in extremely fast and scalable outlier detection code that is also seamlessly compatible across Python 2 and 3 across major operating systems (Windows, Linux and MacOS).

In the example cell below, we train and visualize the results of two inlier-outlier detector binary classifiers on a synthetic dataset: the Angle-Based Outlier Detector (ABOD)and the KNN outlier detector.

from pyod.models.abod import ABOD
from pyod.models.knn import KNN   # kNN detector
from import generate_data
from import evaluate_print
from pyod.utils.example import visualize
# Generate sample data with = 0.4  # percentage of outliers
n_train = 200  # number of training points
n_test = 100  # number of testing pointsX_train_ood, y_train_ood, X_test_ood, y_test_ood = generate_data(n_train=n_train, n_test=n_test, contamination=contamination)
##### 1: ABOD
clf_name_1 = 'ABOD'
clf_abod = ABOD(method="fast") # initialize detector = clf_abod.predict(X_train_ood) # binary labels
y_test_pred_abod = clf_abod.predict(X_test_ood) # binary labelsy_test_scores_abod = clf_abod.decision_function(X_test_ood) # raw outlier scores
y_test_proba_abod = clf_abod.predict_proba(X_test_ood) # outlier probabilityevaluate_print("ABOD", y_test_ood, y_test_scores_abod) # performance evaluation####### 2 : KNN
clf_knn = KNN() # initialize detector = clf_knn.predict(X_train_ood) # binary labels
y_test_pred_knn = clf_knn.predict(X_test_ood) # binary labelsy_test_scores_knn = clf_knn.decision_function(X_test_ood) # raw outlier scores
y_test_proba_knn = clf_knn.predict_proba(X_test_ood) # outlier probabilityevaluate_print("KNN", y_test_ood, y_test_scores_knn) # performance evaluationABOD ROC:0.9992, precision @ rank n:0.975
KNN ROC:1.0, precision @ rank n:1.0

Now, let’s visualize the results:

# ABOD Performance
visualize("ABOD", X_train_ood, y_train_ood, X_test_ood, y_test_ood, y_train_pred_abod,
          y_test_pred_abod, show_figure=True, save_figure=False)
# KNN Performance;
visualize("KNN", X_train_ood, y_train_ood, X_test_ood, y_test_ood, y_train_pred_knn,
          y_test_pred_knn, show_figure=True, save_figure=False)


ABOD v/s KNN for outlier detection



2: Hyppo:

It is somewhat bewildering to witness this collective amnesia on part of the Deep Learning community that keeps treating OOD susceptibility as a uniquely ‘deep neural networks’ shortcoming that somehow merits a deep-learning-solution whilst completing ignoring the cache of approaches and solutions already explored by the statistics community.

One could argue that OOD-detection by it’s very definition falls under the ambit of the multivariate hypothesis testing framework, and hence it is frustrating to see deep learning OOD papers not even benchmark the results obtained by their shiny new deep-approaches with what could be possible legacy hypothesis testing algorithms. With this setting, we now introduce HYPPO.

HYPPO (HYPothesis Testing in PythOn, pronounced “Hippo”) is arguably the most comprehensive open-source software package for multivariate hypothesis testing produced by the NEURODATA community. In the figure below, we see the landscape of modules implemnetd in this package that spans synthetic data generation (with 20 dependency structures!), Independence Tests, K-sample Tests as well as Time-Series Tests.


Landscape of algorithms implemented in Hyppo


In the example cell below, we see the K-Sample-Distance Correlation(Or “Dcorr”) test being used to hypothesis test between the in-and-out distributed data generated by the generate_data() module in PyOD above. In a deep-learning setting, we could deploy these tests both at the input layer level or in the feature-embedding space to guesstimate if the output softmax values are even worthy of being processed further down the inference pipeline.

from hyppo.ksample import KSample
samp_in_train= X_train_ood[y_train_ood==0]
samp_out_train= X_train_ood[y_train_ood==1]

samp_in_test= X_test_ood[y_test_ood==0]
samp_out_test= X_test_ood[y_test_ood==1]

stat_in_out, pvalue_in_out = KSample("Dcorr").test(samp_in_train, samp_out_test)
print(f'In-train v/s Out-test \n Energy test statistic: {stat_in_out}. Energy p-value: {pvalue_in_out}')

stat_out_in, pvalue_out_in = KSample("Dcorr").test(samp_in_test, samp_out_train)
print(f'In-test v/s Out-train \n Energy test statistic: {stat_out_in}. Energy p-value: {pvalue_out_in}')

stat_in_in, pvalue_in_in = KSample("Dcorr").test(samp_in_train, samp_in_test)
print(f'In-train v/s In-test \n Energy test statistic: {stat_in_in}. Energy p-value: {pvalue_in_in}')

stat_out_out, pvalue_out_out = KSample("Dcorr").test(samp_out_train, samp_out_test)
print(f'Out-train v/s Out-test \n Energy test statistic: {stat_out_out}. Energy p-value: {pvalue_out_out}')In-train v/s Out-test 
 Energy test statistic: 0.8626341445137959. Energy p-value: 4.357148137679374e-32
In-test v/s Out-train 
 Energy test statistic: 0.7584832208162725. Energy p-value: 4.0495216242247524e-25
In-train v/s In-test 
 Energy test statistic: -0.005691336487203311. Energy p-value: 1.0
Out-train v/s Out-test 
 Energy test statistic: 0.006631965940452427. Energy p-value: 0.18021672902891694


3: Gradio:



Gradio’s saliency cropping algorithm:


Having a nice GUI to interact with the model you have just trained has thus far required a fair amount of JavaScript-front-end gimmickry or the Heroku-Flask route that can take focus away from the algorithmics.

Thanks to Gradio, one can can quickly fire up a gui with <10 lines of Python with pre-built input modules that cover textual input, image-inputs with an awesome Toast-UI image-editor and a sketchpad to boot as well!

This past year, I have heavily used Gradio in my workflow, using it to investigate why Twitter’s saliency cropping algorithm yields such racist results (See Figure to the left) to why Onions were triggering NSFW filters on facebook (See tweet below) .

The NSFW-Onion fiasco. Colab notebook:

In the example cell below, we demonstrate two simple examples of using Gradio to fire-up UIs to stress-test the MNIST classification BNN model we just trained above with a sketchpad input and to demonstrate the ease of using the InceptionV3 model to classify images. The Gradio team has also rapidly added explainaibility and embeddings-visualization tools, and implemented SOTA blind super resolution and Real-Time High-Resolution Background Matting UIs as well!

import gradio as gr
import requests
inception_net = tf.keras.applications.InceptionV3() # load the model
# Download human-readable labels for ImageNet.
response = requests.get("")
labels = response.text.split("\n")

def classify_image(inp):
  inp = inp.reshape((-1, 299, 299, 3))
  inp = tf.keras.applications.inception_v3.preprocess_input(inp)
  prediction = inception_net.predict(inp).flatten()
  return {labels[i]: float(prediction[i]) for i in range(1000)}

image = gr.inputs.Image(shape=(299, 299, 3))
label = gr.outputs.Label(num_top_classes=3)

gr.Interface(fn=classify_image, inputs=image, outputs=label, capture_session=True).launch()import gradio as gr
import requests

# EXAMPLE-1:We use the LARQ trained BNN to launch an interactive UI that facilitates a sktechpad inoput and prediction
def classify(image):
  prediction = model_bnn.predict(image.reshape((-1,28,28,1))).tolist()[0]
  return {str(i): prediction[i] for i in range(10)}
sketchpad = gr.inputs.Sketchpad()
label = gr.outputs.Label(num_top_classes=3)
gr.Interface(fn=classify, inputs=sketchpad, outputs=label, capture_session=True).launch()# EXAMPLE-2:Image-classifcation with InceptionNet-V3inception_net = tf.keras.applications.InceptionV3() # load the model
# Download human-readable labels for ImageNet.
response = requests.get("")
labels = response.text.split("\n")
def classify_image(inp):
  inp = inp.reshape((-1, 299, 299, 3))
  inp = tf.keras.applications.inception_v3.preprocess_input(inp)
  prediction = inception_net.predict(inp).flatten()
  return {labels[i]: float(prediction[i]) for i in range(1000)}
image = gr.inputs.Image(shape=(299, 299))
label = gr.outputs.Label(num_top_classes=3)
gr.Interface(fn=classify_image, inputs=image, outputs=label, capture_session=True).launch()


Gradio MNIST classification with a sketchpad input



Gradio Image classification (InceptionV3) with an image input



D) Documentation / dissemination:


1) Jupyter_to_medium:



Video tutorial of the Jupyter_to_medium package

Last but not the least, I used the Jupyter_to_medium PyPi package to author this very blogpost from it’s source notebook! As many of you might have experienced, converting your jupyter/colab notebook into a readable blogpost involves painful copy-pasting antics, code snapshotting and plug-in gimmicks. All of this is a thing of past after the release of this game-changing package.

The procedure is super-simple: pip install, finish the notebook, choose File →’Deploy as’, insert integration token from medium, and perform final edits/prettification if necessary.

On the concluding note, I’d like to thank the incredible researchers and engineers who created these wonderful PyPi packages . In the forthcoming blogpost(s), I plan to cover packages pertaining to specific topics such as time-series analysis and dimensionality reduction. Here’s a recap picture that summarizes the packages explored above.


Recap of the PyPi landscape covered in this blogpost


Hope some of you will find this blogpost useful in your ML adventures. Good luck and wish y’all a happy and productive 2021 ????!

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Bio: Vinay Uday Prabhu is Chief Scientist at UnifyID Inc.

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