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Test set

Lightning forces the user to run the test set separately to make sure it isn’t evaluated by mistake.


Test after fit

To run the test set after training completes, use this method.

# run full training
trainer.fit(model)

# (1) load the best checkpoint automatically (lightning tracks this for you)
trainer.test()

# (2) don't load a checkpoint, instead use the model with the latest weights
trainer.test(ckpt_path=None)

# (3) test using a specific checkpoint
trainer.test(ckpt_path='/path/to/my_checkpoint.ckpt')

# (4) test with an explicit model (will use this model and not load a checkpoint)
trainer.test(model)

Test multiple models

You can run the test set on multiple models using the same trainer instance.

model1 = LitModel()
model2 = GANModel()

trainer = Trainer()
trainer.test(model1)
trainer.test(model2)

Test pre-trained model

To run the test set on a pre-trained model, use this method.

model = MyLightningModule.load_from_checkpoint(
    checkpoint_path='/path/to/pytorch_checkpoint.ckpt',
    hparams_file='/path/to/test_tube/experiment/version/hparams.yaml',
    map_location=None
)

# init trainer with whatever options
trainer = Trainer(...)

# test (pass in the model)
trainer.test(model)

In this case, the options you pass to trainer will be used when running the test set (ie: 16-bit, dp, ddp, etc…)


Test with additional data loaders

You can still run inference on a test set even if the test_dataloader method hasn’t been defined within your LightningModule instance. This would be the case when your test data is not available at the time your model was declared.

# setup your data loader
test = DataLoader(...)

# test (pass in the loader)
trainer.test(test_dataloaders=test)

You can either pass in a single dataloader or a list of them. This optional named parameter can be used in conjunction with any of the above use cases.

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