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Create model lineage map

A useful feature of logging model artifacts to W&B are lineage graphs. Lineage graphs show artifacts logged by a run as well as artifacts used by specific run.

This means that, when you log a model artifact, you at a minimum have access to view the W&B run that used or produced the model artifact. If you track a dependency, you also see the inputs used by the model artifact.

For example, the proceeding image shows artifacts created and used throughout an ML experiment:

From left to right, the image shows:

  1. The jumping-monkey-1 W&B run created the mnist_dataset:v0 dataset artifact.
  2. The vague-morning-5 W&B run trained a model using the mnist_dataset:v0 dataset artifact. The output of this W&B run was a model artifact called mnist_model:v0.
  3. A run called serene-haze-6 used the model artifact (mnist_model:v0) to evaluate the model.

Track an artifact dependencyโ€‹

Declare an dataset artifact as an input to a W&B run with the use_artifact API to track a dependency.

The proceeding code snippet shows how to use the use_artifact API:

# Initialize a run
run = wandb.init(project=project, entity=entity)

# Get artifact, mark it as a dependency
artifact = run.use_artifact(artifact_or_name="name", aliases="<alias>")

Once you have retrieved your artifact, you can use that artifact to (for example), evaluate the performance of a model.

Example: Train a model and track a dataset as the input of a model
job_type = "train_model"

config = {
"optimizer": "adam",
"batch_size": 128,
"epochs": 5,
"validation_split": 0.1,

run = wandb.init(project=project, job_type=job_type, config=config)

version = "latest"
name = "{}:{}".format("{}_dataset".format(model_use_case_id), version)

artifact = run.use_artifact(name)

train_table = artifact.get("train_table")
x_train = train_table.get_column("x_train", convert_to="numpy")
y_train = train_table.get_column("y_train", convert_to="numpy")

# Store values from our config dictionary into variables for easy accessing
num_classes = 10
input_shape = (28, 28, 1)
loss = "categorical_crossentropy"
optimizer = run.config["optimizer"]
metrics = ["accuracy"]
batch_size = run.config["batch_size"]
epochs = run.config["epochs"]
validation_split = run.config["validation_split"]

# Create model architecture
model = keras.Sequential(
layers.Conv2D(32, kernel_size=(3, 3), activation="relu"),
layers.MaxPooling2D(pool_size=(2, 2)),
layers.Conv2D(64, kernel_size=(3, 3), activation="relu"),
layers.MaxPooling2D(pool_size=(2, 2)),
layers.Dense(num_classes, activation="softmax"),
model.compile(loss=loss, optimizer=optimizer, metrics=metrics)

# Generate labels for training data
y_train = keras.utils.to_categorical(y_train, num_classes)

# Create training and test set
x_t, x_v, y_t, y_v = train_test_split(x_train, y_train, test_size=0.33)

# Train the model
validation_data=(x_v, y_v),
callbacks=[WandbCallback(log_weights=True, log_evaluation=True)],

# Save model locally
path = "model.h5"

path = "./model.h5"
registered_model_name = "MNIST-dev"
name = "mnist_model"

run.link_model(path=path, registered_model_name=registered_model_name, name=name)
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