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In this lesson we will build our first image classifier from scratch, and see if we can achieve world-class results. Let's dive in!
Every notebook starts with the following three lines; they ensure that any edits to libraries you make are reloaded here automatically, and also that any charts or images displayed are shown in this notebook.
%reload_ext autoreload %autoreload 2 %matplotlib inline
from fastai import * from fastai.vision import *
If you're using a computer with an unusually small GPU, you may get an out of memory error when running this notebook. If this happens, click Kernel->Restart, uncomment the 2nd line below to use a smaller batch size (you'll learn all about what this means during the course), and try again.
bs = 64 # bs = 16 # uncomment this line if you run out of memory even after clicking Kernel->Restart
We are going to use the Oxford-IIIT Pet Dataset by O. M. Parkhi et al., 2012 which features 12 cat breeds and 25 dogs breeds. Our model will need to learn to differentiate between these 37 distinct categories. According to their paper, the best accuracy they could get in 2012 was 59.21%, using a complex model that was specific to pet detection, with separate "Image", "Head", and "Body" models for the pet photos. Let's see how accurate we can be using deep learning!
We are going to use the
untar_data function to which we must pass a URL as an argument and which will download and extract the data.
Help on function untar_data in module fastai.datasets: untar_data(url:str, fname:Union[pathlib.Path, str]=None, dest:Union[pathlib.Path, str]=None, data=True) Download `url` if doesn't exist to `fname` and un-tgz to folder `dest`
path = untar_data(URLs.PETS); path
path_anno = path/'annotations' path_img = path/'images'
The first thing we do when we approach a problem is to take a look at the data. We always need to understand very well what the problem is and what the data looks like before we can figure out how to solve it. Taking a look at the data means understanding how the data directories are structured, what the labels are and what some sample images look like.
The main difference between the handling of image classification datasets is the way labels are stored. In this particular dataset, labels are stored in the filenames themselves. We will need to extract them to be able to classify the images into the correct categories. Fortunately, the fastai library has a handy function made exactly for this,
ImageDataBunch.from_name_re gets the labels from the filenames using a regular expression.
fnames = get_image_files(path_img) fnames[:5]
[PosixPath('/data1/jhoward/git/course-v3/nbs/dl1/data/oxford-iiit-pet/images/american_bulldog_146.jpg'), PosixPath('/data1/jhoward/git/course-v3/nbs/dl1/data/oxford-iiit-pet/images/german_shorthaired_137.jpg'), PosixPath('/data1/jhoward/git/course-v3/nbs/dl1/data/oxford-iiit-pet/images/japanese_chin_139.jpg'), PosixPath('/data1/jhoward/git/course-v3/nbs/dl1/data/oxford-iiit-pet/images/great_pyrenees_121.jpg'), PosixPath('/data1/jhoward/git/course-v3/nbs/dl1/data/oxford-iiit-pet/images/Bombay_151.jpg')]
np.random.seed(2) pat = r'/([^/]+)_\d+.jpg$'
data = ImageDataBunch.from_name_re(path_img, fnames, pat, ds_tfms=get_transforms(), size=224, bs=bs) data.normalize(imagenet_stats)
<fastai.vision.data.ImageDataBunch at 0x7fc435814940>
['american_bulldog', 'german_shorthaired', 'japanese_chin', 'great_pyrenees', 'Bombay', 'Bengal', 'keeshond', 'shiba_inu', 'Sphynx', 'boxer', 'english_cocker_spaniel', 'american_pit_bull_terrier', 'Birman', 'basset_hound', 'British_Shorthair', 'leonberger', 'Abyssinian', 'wheaten_terrier', 'scottish_terrier', 'Maine_Coon', 'saint_bernard', 'newfoundland', 'yorkshire_terrier', 'Persian', 'havanese', 'pug', 'miniature_pinscher', 'Russian_Blue', 'staffordshire_bull_terrier', 'beagle', 'Siamese', 'samoyed', 'chihuahua', 'Egyptian_Mau', 'Ragdoll', 'pomeranian', 'english_setter']
Now we will start training our model. We will use a convolutional neural network backbone and a fully connected head with a single hidden layer as a classifier. Don't know what these things mean? Not to worry, we will dive deeper in the coming lessons. For the moment you need to know that we are building a model which will take images as input and will output the predicted probability for each of the categories (in this case, it will have 37 outputs).
We will train for 4 epochs (4 cycles through all our data).
learn = create_cnn(data, models.resnet34, metrics=error_rate)
Total time: 01:07 epoch train_loss valid_loss error_rate 1 1.172217 0.306988 0.088490 (00:17) 2 0.506414 0.236349 0.075183 (00:16) 3 0.314256 0.198335 0.057219 (00:16) 4 0.232976 0.193311 0.061876 (00:16)
Let's see what results we have got.
We will first see which were the categories that the model most confused with one another. We will try to see if what the model predicted was reasonable or not. In this case the mistakes look reasonable (none of the mistakes seems obviously naive). This is an indicator that our classifier is working correctly.
Furthermore, when we plot the confusion matrix, we can see that the distribution is heavily skewed: the model makes the same mistakes over and over again but it rarely confuses other categories. This suggests that it just finds it difficult to distinguish some specific categories between each other; this is normal behaviour.
interp = ClassificationInterpretation.from_learner(learn)