# End-to-End Incremental Training Image Classification Example

## Introduction

Welcome to our end-to-end example of incremental training using Amazon Sagemaker image classification algorithm. In this demo, we will use the Amazon sagemaker image classification algorithm to train on the caltech-256 dataset. First, we will run the training for few epochs. Then, we will use the generated model in the previous training to start another training to improve accuracy further without re-training again.

To get started, we need to set up the environment with a few prerequisite steps, for permissions, configurations, and so on.

## Prequisites and Preprocessing

### Permissions and environment variables

Here we set up the linkage and authentication to AWS services. There are three parts to this:

• The roles used to give learning and hosting access to your data. This will automatically be obtained from the role used to start the notebook

• The S3 bucket that you want to use for training and model data

• The Amazon sagemaker image classification docker image which need not be changed

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%%time
import sagemaker
from sagemaker import get_execution_role

role = get_execution_role()
print(role)

sess = sagemaker.Session()
bucket = sess.default_bucket()
prefix = "ic-fulltraining"

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from sagemaker.amazon.amazon_estimator import get_image_uri

training_image = get_image_uri(sess.boto_region_name, "image-classification", repo_version="latest")


### Data preparation

Download the data and transfer to S3 for use in training. In this demo, we are using Caltech-256 dataset, which contains 30608 images of 256 objects. For the training and validation data, we follow the splitting scheme in this MXNet example. In particular, it randomly selects 60 images per class for training, and uses the remaining data for validation. The algorithm takes RecordIO file as input. The user can also provide the image files as input, which will be converted into RecordIO format using MXNet’s im2rec tool. It takes around 50 seconds to converted the entire Caltech-256 dataset (~1.2GB) on a p2.xlarge instance. However, for this demo, we will use record io format.

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import boto3

s3_client = boto3.client("s3")

s3 = boto3.resource("s3")
data = open(file, "rb")
key = channel + "/" + file
s3.Bucket(bucket).put_object(Key=key, Body=data)

# caltech-256
"sagemaker-sample-files",
"datasets/image/caltech-256/caltech-256-60-train.rec",
"caltech-256-60-train.rec",
)
"sagemaker-sample-files",
"datasets/image/caltech-256/caltech-256-60-val.rec",
"caltech-256-60-val.rec",
)

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# Two channels: train, validation
s3train = "s3://{}/{}/train/".format(bucket, prefix)
s3validation = "s3://{}/{}/validation/".format(bucket, prefix)

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# upload the rec files to train and validation channels
!aws s3 cp caltech-256-60-train.rec $s3train --quiet !aws s3 cp caltech-256-60-val.rec$s3validation --quiet


Once we have the data available in the correct format for training, the next step is to actually train the model using the data. After setting training parameters, we kick off training, and poll for status until training is completed.

## Training the model

Now that we are done with all the setup that is needed, we are ready to train our object detector. To begin, let us create a sageMaker.estimator.Estimator object. This estimator will launch the training job. ### Training parameters There are two kinds of parameters that need to be set for training. The first one are the parameters for the training job. These include:

• Training instance count: This is the number of instances on which to run the training. When the number of instances is greater than one, then the image classification algorithm will run in distributed settings.

• Training instance type: This indicates the type of machine on which to run the training. Typically, we use GPU instances for these training

• Output path: This the s3 folder in which the training output is stored

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s3_output_location = "s3://{}/{}/output".format(bucket, prefix)
ic = sagemaker.estimator.Estimator(
training_image,
role,
train_instance_count=1,
train_instance_type="ml.p2.xlarge",
train_volume_size=50,
train_max_run=360000,
input_mode="File",
output_path=s3_output_location,
sagemaker_session=sess,
)


Apart from the above set of parameters, there are hyperparameters that are specific to the algorithm. These are:

• num_layers: The number of layers (depth) for the network. We use 18 in this samples but other values such as 50, 152 can be used.

• image_shape: The input image dimensions,’num_channels, height, width’, for the network. It should be no larger than the actual image size. The number of channels should be same as the actual image.

• num_classes: This is the number of output classes for the new dataset. Imagenet was trained with 1000 output classes but the number of output classes can be changed for fine-tuning. For caltech, we use 257 because it has 256 object categories + 1 clutter class.

• num_training_samples: This is the total number of training samples. It is set to 15240 for caltech dataset with the current split.

• mini_batch_size: The number of training samples used for each mini batch. In distributed training, the number of training samples used per batch will be N * mini_batch_size where N is the number of hosts on which training is run.

• epochs: Number of training epochs.

• learning_rate: Learning rate for training.

• top_k: Report the top-k accuracy during training.

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ic.set_hyperparameters(
num_layers=18,
image_shape="3,224,224",
num_classes=257,
num_training_samples=15420,
mini_batch_size=256,
epochs=10,
learning_rate=0.1,
top_k=2,
)


## Input data specification

Set the data type and channels used for training

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train_data = sagemaker.session.s3_input(
s3train,
distribution="FullyReplicated",
content_type="application/x-recordio",
s3_data_type="S3Prefix",
)
validation_data = sagemaker.session.s3_input(
s3validation,
distribution="FullyReplicated",
content_type="application/x-recordio",
s3_data_type="S3Prefix",
)

data_channels = {"train": train_data, "validation": validation_data}


## Start the training

Start training by calling the fit method in the estimator

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ic.fit(inputs=data_channels, logs=True)


## Prepare for incremental training

Now, we will use the model generated in the previous training to start another training with the same dataset. This new training will start with higher accuracy as it uses the model generated in the previous training.

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# Print the location of the model data from previous training
print(ic.model_data)

# Prepare model channel in addition to train and validation
model_data = sagemaker.session.s3_input(
ic.model_data,
distribution="FullyReplicated",
s3_data_type="S3Prefix",
content_type="application/x-sagemaker-model",
)

data_channels = {"train": train_data, "validation": validation_data, "model": model_data}


## Start another training

We use the same hyperparameters as before. When the model channel is present, the use_pretrained_model parameter is ignored. The number of classes, input image shape and number of layers should be the same as the previous training since we are starting with the same model. Other parameters, such as learning_rate, mini_batch_size, etc., can be varied.

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incr_ic = sagemaker.estimator.Estimator(
training_image,
role,
train_instance_count=1,
train_instance_type="ml.p2.xlarge",
train_volume_size=50,
train_max_run=360000,
input_mode="File",
output_path=s3_output_location,
sagemaker_session=sess,
)
incr_ic.set_hyperparameters(
num_layers=18,
image_shape="3,224,224",
num_classes=257,
num_training_samples=15420,
mini_batch_size=128,
epochs=2,
learning_rate=0.01,
top_k=2,
)

incr_ic.fit(inputs=data_channels, logs=True)


As you can see from the logs, the training starts with the previous model and hence the accuracy for the first epoch itself is higher.

# Inference

We can now use the trained model to perform inference. You can deploy the created model by using the deploy method in the estimator

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ic_classifier = incr_ic.deploy(initial_instance_count=1, instance_type="ml.m4.xlarge")

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file_name = "/tmp/test.jpg"
"sagemaker-sample-files",
"datasets/image/caltech-256/256_ObjectCategories/008.bathtub/008_0007.jpg",
file_name,
)
# test image
from IPython.display import Image

Image(file_name)


Evaluate the image through the network for inteference. The network outputs class probabilities and typically, one selects the class with the maximum probability as the final class output.

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import json
import numpy as np
from sagemaker.serializers import IdentitySerializer

with open(file_name, "rb") as f:

ic_classifier.serializer = IdentitySerializer("image/jpeg")
# the result will output the probabilities for all classes
# find the class with maximum probability and print the class index
index = np.argmax(result)
object_categories = [
"ak47",
"american-flag",
"backpack",
"baseball-bat",
"baseball-glove",
"bat",
"bathtub",
"bear",
"beer-mug",
"billiards",
"binoculars",
"birdbath",
"blimp",
"bonsai-101",
"boom-box",
"bowling-ball",
"bowling-pin",
"boxing-glove",
"brain-101",
"buddha-101",
"bulldozer",
"butterfly",
"cactus",
"cake",
"calculator",
"camel",
"cannon",
"canoe",
"car-tire",
"cartman",
"cd",
"centipede",
"cereal-box",
"chandelier-101",
"chess-board",
"chimp",
"chopsticks",
"cockroach",
"coffee-mug",
"coffin",
"coin",
"comet",
"computer-keyboard",
"computer-monitor",
"computer-mouse",
"conch",
"cormorant",
"covered-wagon",
"cowboy-hat",
"crab-101",
"desk-globe",
"diamond-ring",
"dice",
"dog",
"dolphin-101",
"doorknob",
"drinking-straw",
"duck",
"dumb-bell",
"eiffel-tower",
"electric-guitar-101",
"elephant-101",
"elk",
"ewer-101",
"eyeglasses",
"fern",
"fighter-jet",
"fire-extinguisher",
"fire-hydrant",
"fire-truck",
"fireworks",
"flashlight",
"floppy-disk",
"football-helmet",
"french-horn",
"fried-egg",
"frisbee",
"frog",
"frying-pan",
"galaxy",
"gas-pump",
"giraffe",
"goat",
"golden-gate-bridge",
"goldfish",
"golf-ball",
"goose",
"gorilla",
"grand-piano-101",
"grapes",
"grasshopper",
"guitar-pick",
"hamburger",
"hammock",
"harmonica",
"harp",
"harpsichord",
"hawksbill-101",
"helicopter-101",
"hibiscus",
"homer-simpson",
"horse",
"horseshoe-crab",
"hot-air-balloon",
"hot-dog",
"hot-tub",
"hourglass",
"house-fly",
"human-skeleton",
"hummingbird",
"ibis-101",
"ice-cream-cone",
"iguana",
"ipod",
"iris",
"jesus-christ",
"joy-stick",
"kangaroo-101",
"kayak",
"ketch-101",
"killer-whale",
"knife",
"laptop-101",
"lathe",
"leopards-101",
"lightbulb",
"light-house",
"lightning",
"llama-101",
"mailbox",
"mandolin",
"mars",
"mattress",
"megaphone",
"menorah-101",
"microscope",
"microwave",
"minaret",
"minotaur",
"motorbikes-101",
"mountain-bike",
"mushroom",
"mussels",
"necktie",
"octopus",
"ostrich",
"owl",
"palm-pilot",
"palm-tree",
"paperclip",
"paper-shredder",
"pci-card",
"penguin",
"people",
"pez-dispenser",
"photocopier",
"picnic-table",
"playing-card",
"porcupine",
"pram",
"praying-mantis",
"pyramid",
"raccoon",
"rainbow",
"refrigerator",
"revolver-101",
"rifle",
"rotary-phone",
"roulette-wheel",
"saturn",
"school-bus",
"scorpion-101",
"screwdriver",
"segway",
"self-propelled-lawn-mower",
"sextant",
"sheet-music",
"skateboard",
"skunk",
"skyscraper",
"smokestack",
"snail",
"snake",
"sneaker",
"snowmobile",
"soccer-ball",
"socks",
"soda-can",
"spaghetti",
"speed-boat",
"spider",
"spoon",
"stained-glass",
"starfish-101",
"steering-wheel",
"stirrups",
"sunflower-101",
"superman",
"sushi",
"swan",
"swiss-army-knife",
"sword",
"syringe",
"tambourine",
"teapot",
"teddy-bear",
"teepee",
"telephone-box",
"tennis-ball",
"tennis-court",
"tennis-racket",
"theodolite",
"toaster",
"tomato",
"tombstone",
"top-hat",
"touring-bike",
"tower-pisa",
"traffic-light",
"triceratops",
"tricycle",
"trilobite-101",
"tripod",
"t-shirt",
"tuning-fork",
"tweezer",
"umbrella-101",
"unicorn",
"vcr",
"video-projector",
"washing-machine",
"watch-101",
"waterfall",
"watermelon",
"wheelbarrow",
"windmill",
"wine-bottle",
"xylophone",
"yarmulke",
"yo-yo",
"zebra",
"airplanes-101",
"car-side-101",
"faces-easy-101",
"greyhound",
"tennis-shoes",

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ic_classifier.delete_endpoint()