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Toolkit for Building Robust ML models that generalize to unseen domains (RobustDG)

Divyat Mahajan, Shruti Tople, Amit Sharma

Privacy & Causal Learning (ICML 2020) | MatchDG: Causal View of DG (ICML 2021) | Privacy & DG Connection paper

For machine learning models to be reliable, they need to generalize to data beyond the train distribution. In addition, ML models should be robust to privacy attacks like membership inference and domain knowledge-based attacks like adversarial attacks.

To advance research in building robust and generalizable models, we are releasing a toolkit for building and evaluating ML models, RobustDG. RobustDG contains implementations of domain generalization algorithms and includes evaluation benchmarks based on out-of-distribution accuracy and robustness to membership privacy attacks. We will be adding evaluation for adversarial attacks and more privacy attacks soon.

It is easily extendable. Add your own DG algorithms and evaluate them on different benchmarks.


To use the command-line interface of RobustDG, clone this repo and add the folder to your system's PATH (or alternatively, run the commands from the RobustDG root directory).

Load dataset

Let's first load the rotatedMNIST dataset in a suitable format for the resnet18 architecture.

python data/ --dataset rot_mnist --model resnet18 --img_h 224 --img_w 224 --subset_size 2000

Train and evaluate ML model

The following commands would train and evalute the MatchDG method on the Rotated MNIST dataset.

python --dataset rot_mnist --method_name matchdg_ctr --match_case 0.0 --match_flag 1 --epochs 50 --batch_size 64 --pos_metric cos --match_func_aug_case 1

python --dataset rot_mnist --method_name matchdg_erm --penalty_ws 0.1 --match_case -1 --ctr_match_case 0.0 --ctr_match_flag 1 --ctr_match_interrupt 5 --ctr_model_name resnet18 --epochs 25

python --dataset rot_mnist --method_name matchdg_erm --penalty_ws 0.1 --match_case -1 --ctr_match_case 0.0 --ctr_match_flag 1 --ctr_match_interrupt 5 --ctr_model_name resnet18 --epochs 25 --test_metric acc

python --dataset rot_mnist --method_name matchdg_ctr --match_case 0.0 --match_flag 1 --pos_metric cos --test_metric match_score


A quick introduction on how to use our repository can be accessed here in the Getting Started notebook.

If you are interested in reproducing results from the MatchDG paper, check out the Reproducing results notebook.


  • Support for more domain generalization algorithms like CSD and IRM. If you are an author of a DG algorithm and would like to contribute, please raise a pull request here or get in touch.
  • More evaluation metrics based on adversarial attacks, privacy attacks like model inversion. If you'd like to see an evaluation metric implemented, please raise an issue here.


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