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The Meeshkan Client for interactive machine learning

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Meeshkan client

Getting started

Sign up at and you will get your client secret via email. Install the client in your Python environment with pip install meeshkan. You can then either run meeshkan setup to set things up, or manually add the folder .meeshkan in your home directory and, inside the folder, add a file named credentials with the following format:



pip install meeshkan

Command-line interface

To list available commands, execute meeshkan or meeshkan help:

Usage: meeshkan [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...

  -h, --help  Show this message and exit.
  --version   Show the version and exit.

  clean          Alias for `meeshkan clear`
  clear          Clears Meeshkan log and job directories in ~/.meeshkan.
  help           Show this message and exit.
  list           Lists the job queue and status for each job.
  logs           Retrieves the logs for a given job.
  notifications  Retrieves notification history for a given job.
  report         Returns latest scalar from given job identifier
  setup          Configures the Meeshkan client.
  sorry          Send error logs to Meeshkan HQ.
  start          Starts Meeshkan service daemon.
  status         Checks and returns the service daemon status.
  stop           Stops the service daemon.
  submit         Submits a new job to the service daemon.

In all instances used, a JOB_IDENTIFIER can be either the job's UUID, the job number, or a pattern to match against the job's name. In the latter case, the first match is returned.

Start service daemon

meeshkan start

If you get Unauthorized error, please check your credentials. If the problem persists, please contact Meeshkan support.

Check service status

meeshkan status

You should get the message Service is up and running.

Submit a Python script for execution

Submit the example script for execution:

meeshkan submit [--name job_name] examples/

List submitted jobs

meeshkan list

Retrieve stdout and stderr for a job

meeshkan logs JOB_IDENTIFIER

You will get a complete output of stderr and stdout for the given job, and it's output path for any additional files.

Review job notification history

meeshkan notifications JOB_IDENTIFIER

Review latest scalar reports

meeshkan report JOB_IDENTIFER

Canceling a job

meeshkan cancel JOB_IDENTIFIER

If the job is currently running, you will be prompted to verify you want to abruptly cancel a running job.

Stop service

meeshkan stop

Python API


The purpose of the Python API is to be as intuitive, minimal and least invasive as possible. Once the service daemon is running (using meeshkan start), you can communicate with it through the Python library. To begin, import meeshkan.

Reporting scalars

You can report scalars from within a given script using meeshkan.report_scalar(name1, value1, name2, value2, ...). The command allows reporting multiple values at once, and giving them self-documenting names (you may use anything, as long as it's a string!). Some examples include (assume the mentioned variables exist, and are updated in some loop, e.g. a training/evaluation loop), you may:

meeshkan.report_scalar("train loss", train_loss)  # Adds a single value for this process
# Or add multiple scalars simulatenously
meeshkan.report_scalar("train loss", train_loss, "evaluation loss", eval_loss, "evaluation accuracy", eval_acc)
# Or possibly combine them for a new metric
meeshkan.report_scalar("F1", 2*precision*recall/(precision+recall))

Adding conditions

The service daemon only notifies you on either a scheduled notification (using the --report-interval/-r flag, e.g. hourly notifications), or when a certain criteria has been met. You can define these criteria anywhere in your code (but outside of loops, these conditions only need to be set once!), even before your scalars have been registered. When a scalar is used before it is registered, a default value of 1 is used in its place. Consider the following examples:

# Notify when evaluation loss and train loss are significantly different.
meeshkan.add_condition("train loss", "evaluation loss", lambda train_loss, eval_loss: abs(train_loss - eval_loss) > 0.2)
# Notify when the F1 score is suspiciously low
meeshkan.add_condition("F1", lambda f1: f1 < 0.1)

Reporting scalars from PyTorch

Get started

Start the service first, then run

meeshkan submit --report-interval 10 examples/

By default, the submit command will run your code without time-based notifications. When presented with the -r/--report-interval flag, the service will notify you with recent updates every time the report interval has elapsed. The report interval is measured in seconds. The default argument (if none are provided) is 3600 seconds (i.e. hourly notifications).


See examples/ for an example script. To run the script, first ensure that PyTorch is installed in your Python environment. Then submit the example as

meeshkan submit -r 10 examples/
# OR using the "long" option:
meeshkan submit --report-interval 10 examples/

Meeshkan reports the training and test loss values to you every 10 seconds.



For users:

python install

For developers:

pip install -e .[dev]

Running tests

# OR
python test

Running lint

pylint -f msvs meeshkan

Building the documentation

python docs
# OR (the long way...)
cd docs
sphinx-apidoc -f -e -o source/ ../meeshkan/
make html

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