Callbacks offer a way to integrate various auxiliary tasks into the training loop. We offer built-in callbacks for some common tasks, such as

You can also write your own callbacks.

Experiment Tracking#

When you train a model, you want to monitor the progress of the training. If you don’t want to stay glued to the screen watching the training or evaluation loss change, you need to use an experiement tracking tool.

Using such a tool also brings a lot of other benefits, such as the ability to easily compare different experiements.

We currently offer integration with Weights and Biases through the WandBLogger. To use it, you must first download the wandb client and log into your account, which you can do with

pip install wandb
wandb login

Then, simply create the callback instance and pass it to the callbacks argument of the Tuner

from finetuner.tuner.callback import WandBLogger
from finetuner.tuner.pytorch import PytorchTuner

logger = WandBLogger()

tuner = PytorchTuner(..., callbacks=[logger])

You should then be able to see your training runs in wandb.


On long train jobs, you may want to periodically save the progress, so you can continue from this checkpoint later, if training gets interrupted. Or you may want to save the best model, so that you can use it after the training finishes. For these purposes, we offer TrainingCheckpoint and BestModelCheckpoint, respectively.

For the TrainingCheckpoint checkpoint, you would simply add it to callbacks. Later you could then load the tuner from the checkpoint, as in the example below

from finetuner.tuner.callback import TrainingCheckpoint
from finetuner.tuner.pytorch import PytorchTuner

checkpoint = TrainingCheckpoint('checkpoints')

tuner = PytorchTuner(..., callbacks=[checkpoint])

# Afterwards, load tuner from the saved theckpoint
TrainingCheckpoint.load(tuner, 'checkpoints/saved_model_epoch_10')

For the BestModelCheckpoint, you would also add it to callbacks, and later you could load the model from it.

from finetuner.tuner.callback import BestModelCheckpoint
from finetuner.tuner.pytorch import PytorchTuner

checkpoint = BestModelCheckpoint('checkpoints')

tuner = PytorchTuner(..., callbacks=[checkpoint])

# Afterwards, load model from the saved theckpoint
BestModelCheckpoint.load_model(tuner, 'checkpoints/best_model_val_loss')


See the Evaluation section.

Custom callbacks#

If the existing callbacks don’t provide the functionality you need, you can easily write your own.

To do that, you should subclass BaseCallback, and override the on_* methods that you need. Each method will get a tuner object as an argument - this gives you access to its .state attribute, which is a TunerState object, and contains useful information on the current training run.

Here’s a simple example of a callback that times each training epoch, and prints the elapsed time at the end.

from time import perf_counter

from finetuner.tuner.callback import BaseCallback

class TimerCallback(BaseCallback):
    """A simple callback that times the epoch and prints elapsed time"""

    def on_epoch_begin(self, tuner: 'BaseTuner'):
        Called at the start of an epoch.

        self.time_start = perf_counter()

    def on_epoch_end(self, tuner: 'BaseTuner'):
        Called at the end of an epoch, after both training and validation (or just
        training if no validaton is provided).

        total_time = perf_counter() - self.time_start
        print(f'Epoch {tuner.state.epoch} took {total_time:.2f} seconds')