Relationship between torchvision and fastai library

Hi all,

I’ve been trying to reproduce the dog-breeds competition code without using the fastai library (I couldn’t find the notebook and I hate not understanding the internals of a library so I made it self-assigned homework). To do this, I’ve been working through the pytorch tutorials and I’ve been finding that fastai has a lot of code which is similar in nature to torchvision code, but which seems to be independently written. So far I am seeing this with torchvision.transforms, torchvision.datasets.ImageFolder, and (in master) torch.optim.lr_scheduler.CosineAnnealingLR.

I know that fastai wrote a light critique of pytorch a while back, so I’m wondering which code came first, if there are subtle difference I should be careful of, and if there are any plans to submit code back to torchvision (for instance the above and ResNext models).

Thanks in advance!

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Here’s the lesson 1 notebook:

Also, I’m doing the same exercise. It’s been helpful.

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I think the only thing we use torchvision for is the pre-trained models. Our transforms are much faster. We wrote our cosine scheduler before pytorch did and ours has a lot more features (most importantly, it has restarts).

Replicating the notebooks without using the fastai lib has been tried a few times before, and generally seems to be have been effective as a learning exercise, but I don’t think anyone has managed to replicate the results in the notebooks yet. There’s a lot of details to get right!

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