How to View Epoch-Based Metrics#

Sometimes, you want to analyze and visualize your model’s training progress and validation performance over multiple epochs.

In this article, we’ll show you how to view epoch-based metric data in the WebUI by reporting an epoch metric to the Determined master via the Core API. To do this, we’ll define an epoch metric and use it as the X-Axis label in the WebUI.


Set Up Your Training Environment#

To begin, you’ll need a Determined cluster. If you are new to Determined AI (Determined), you can install the Determined library and start a cluster locally.

  • Ensure you have Docker running and then run the following command:

pip install determined

# If your machine has GPUs:
det deploy local cluster-up

# If your machine does not have GPUs:
det deploy local cluster-up --no-gpu


The command, pip install determined, installs the determined library which includes the Determined command-line interface (CLI).

Step 1: Get the Tutorial Files & Run the Experiment#

To follow along, you’ll need the tutorial files.

For this step, we’ll use our script and its accompanying const.yaml experiment configuration file.

  • From the directory containing our files, we’ll begin by running the following command:

det e create const.yaml . -f

We don’t have any data to plot yet, but we’ll open the Determined WebUI to see that our experiment is running.

  • Go to http://localhost:8080/.

  • Accept the default username of determined.

  • Click Sign In.

After signing in, you’ll need to create a strong password.

In the WebUI, we can select our experiment and visit the Logs tab.

Step 2: Report Epoch-Based Metrics#

In this section, we’ll define our epoch metric.

  • To follow along, use the script and its accompanying metrics.yaml experiment configuration file.

Our script,, is a modification of the script. It already reports training and validation metrics to the Determined master and contains a steps_completed variable that is needed to plot metrics on a graph in the WebUI.


For a full description of the Core API PyTorch MNIST Tutorial files, visit the Core API User Guide.

Step 2.1: Modify the Train and Validation Methods#

Our script,, contains core_context.train. This is used to report training and validation metrics.

However, we also want to report epoch-based metrics and to allow Determined to keep track of the specific epoch for which training loss is being reported.

  • To do this, we’ll modify the train() method to include epoch_idx as a metric:

  steps_completed=batches_completed + epoch_idx * len(train_loader),
  metrics={"train_loss": loss.item(), "epoch": epoch_idx},
  • Similarly, we’ll include epoch as a metric in the reported validation metrics. This allows Determined to track the specific epoch for which the validation loss is being reported:

   metrics={"test_loss": test_loss, "epoch": epoch},

Now that we’ve reported an epoch value, Epoch will be an available option for the X-Axis when we view our metric data graph in the WebUI.

Step 2.2: Run the Experiment & View Epoch-Based Metrics#

Our modified script is ready to report epoch-based metrics to the Determined master.

  • To run our experiment, we’ll run the following command:

det e create metrics.yaml .
  • To view our epoch-based metrics, we’ll open the Determined WebUI and select our experiment.

Our experiment opens in the Overview tab.

  • We’ll go to the Metrics tab, select the X-Axis menu and then choose Epoch.

  • If we scroll down, we’ll be able to see the epoch-based metrics graph.

Epoch-based metrics in the WebUI


In this article, you learned how to add a few lines of code to a script for the purpose of reporting epoch-based metrics in addition to training and validation metrics. You also learned how to view epoch-based metric data in the WebUI.

Next Steps#

Now you can try editing your own script for the purpose of reporting epoch-based metrics to the Determined master.

For more tutorials, visit the Tutorials to learn the basics of working with Determined and how to port your existing code to the Determined environment.