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Active Testing: Sample-Efficient Model Evaluation

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This is code for "Active Testing: Sample-Efficient Model Evaluation".

Please cite our paper, if you find this helpful:

  title={{A}ctive {T}esting: {S}ample-{E}fficient {M}odel {E}valuation},
  author={Kossen, Jannik and Farquhar, Sebastian and Gal, Yarin and Rainforth, Tom},



The requirements.txt can be used to set up a python environment for this codebase. You can do this, for example, with conda:

conda create -n isactive python=3.8
conda activate isactive
pip install -r requirements.txt

Reproducing the Experiments

  • To reproduce a figure of the paper, first run the appropriate experiments
sh reproduce/experiments/
  • And then create the plots with the Jupyter Notebook at
  • (The notebook let's you conveniently select which plots to recreate.)

  • Which should put plots into notebooks/plots/.

  • In the above, replace X by

    • 123 for Figures 1, 2, 3
    • 4 for Figure 4
    • 5 for Figure 5
    • 6 for Figure 6
    • 7 for Figure 7
  • Other notes

    • Synthetic data experiments do not require GPUs and should run on pretty much all recent hardware.
    • All other plots, realistically speaking, require GPUs.
    • We are also happy to share a 4 GB file with results from all experiments presented in the paper.
    • You may want to produce plots 7 and 8 for other experiment setups than the one in the paper, i.e. ones you already have computed.
    • Some experiments, e.g. those for Figures 4 or 6, may run a really long time on a single GPU. It may be good to
      • execute the scripts in the sh-files in parallel on multiple GPUs.
      • start multiple runs in parallel and then combine experiments. (See below).
      • end the runs early / decrease number of total runs (this can be very reasonable -- look at the config files in conf/paper to modify this property)
    • If you want to understand the code, below we give a good strategy for approaching it. (Also start with synthetic data experiments. They have less complex code!)

Running A Custom Experiment

  • is the main entry point into this code-base.

    • It executes a a total of n_runs active testing experiments for a fixed setup.
    • Each experiment:
      • Trains (or loads) one main model.
      • This model can then be evaluated with a variety of acquisition strategies.
      • Risk estimates are then computed for points/weights from all acquisition strategies for all risk estimators.
  • This repository uses Hydra to manage configs.

    • Look at conf/config.yaml or one of the experiments in conf/... for default configs and hyperparameters.
    • Experiments are autologged and results saved to ./output/.
  • See notebooks/eplore_experiment.ipynb for some example code on how to evaluate custom experiments.

    • The evaluations use activetesting.visualize.Visualiser which implements visualisation methods.
    • Give it a path to an experiment in output/path/to/experiment and explore the methods.
    • If you want to combine data from multiple runs, give it a list of paths.
    • I prefer to load this in Jupyter Notebooks, but hey, everybody's different.
  • A guide to the code

    • runs repeated experiments and orchestrates the whole shebang.
      • It iterates through all n_runs and acquisition strategies.
    • handles a single experiment.
      • It combines the model, dataset, acquisition strategy, and risk estimators.
    •,,, all contain exactly what you would expect!
    • is a logging module.
    • models/ contains all models, scikit-learn and pyTorch.
      • In we have some code that wraps torch models in a way that lets them be used as scikit-learn models from the outside.

And Finally

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If you find anything wrong with the code, please contact us.

We are happy to answer any questions related to the code and project.


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