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Importing Model Predictions

To import your model predictions into Encord Active, there are a couple of steps you need to follow:

If you are already familiar with data_hashes and featureNodeHashes from the Encord platform, you can safely skip to 2. Prepare a .pkl File to be Imported. Just note that when specifying the class_id for a prediction, Encord Active expects the associated featureNodeHash from the Encord ontology as id.


In the SDK section, you will also find ways to import predictions directly from your prediction loop, KITTI files, and directories containing mask files.

1. Covering the Basics

Before we dive into the details, we have a couple of things that we need to cover.


All commands going forward assume you are in the project directory, if now either cd into it or use the --target option with each command.

Uniquiely Identifying Data Units

At Encord, every data unit has a data_hash which uniquely defines it. To see the mapping between the data_hashes in your Encord project and the filenames that you uploaded, you can use:

encord-active print data-mapping

After selecting the project you want to print mapping for via the command line, it will display a JSON object similar to the following with key-value pairs of (data_hash, data file name):

"c115344f-6869-4608-a4b8-644241fea10c": "image_1.jpg",
"5973f5b6-d284-4a71-9e7e-6576aa3e56cb": "image_2.jpg",
"9f4dae86-cad4-42f8-bb47-b179eb2e4886": "video_1.mp4"


To store the data mapping as data_mapping.json in the current working directory, you can do

encord-active print --json data-mapping

Note that for image_groups, each image in the group has it's own data_hash, while videos have one data_hash for the entire video. As a consequence, predictions for videos will also need a frame to uniquely define where the prediction belongs.


When you are preparing predictions for import, you need to have the data_hash and potentially the frame available.

Uniquely Identifying Predicted Classes

The second thing you will need when you are preparing predictions for import, is the class_id for each prediction. The class id tells Encord Active which class the prediction is associated with.

The class_ids of an Encord project is defined by the featureNodeHash attribute on objects in the encord ontology. You can easily print the class names and class_ids from your project ontology:

encord-active print ontology

After selecting the project you want to print mapping for via the command line, it will display a JSON object similar to the following with key-value pairs of (object name, class_id):

"objects": {
"cat": "OTK8MrM3",
"dog": "Nr52O8Ex",
"horse": "MjkXn2Mx"
"classifications": {}

Or if the ontology is made of classifications

"objects": {},
"classifications": {
"horses": {
"feature_hash": "55eab8b3",
"attribute_hash": "d446851e",
"option_hash": "376b9761"
"cats": {
"feature_hash": "55eab8b3",
"attribute_hash": "d446851e",
"option_hash": "d8e85460"
"dogs": {
"feature_hash": "55eab8b3",
"attribute_hash": "d446851e",
"option_hash": "e5264a59"

To store the ontology as ontology_output.json in the current working directory, you can do

encord-active print --json ontology

2. Prepare a .pkl File to be Imported

Now, you can prepare a pickle file (.pkl) to be imported by Encord Active. You do this by building a list of Prediction objects. A prediction object holds a unique identifier of the data unit (the data_hash and potentially a frame), the class_id, a model confidence score, the actual prediction data, and the format of that data.

Creating a Prediction Object

Below, you find examples of how to create an object of each of the three supported types.

Since we can have multiple classifications for for the same data unit (e.g. has a dog? and has a cat?) we need to uniquely identify them by providing the 3 hashes from the ontology.

prediction = Prediction(
frame = 3, # optional frame for videos
confidence = 0.8,

To find the three hashes, we can inspect the ontology by running

encord-active print ontology

Preparing the Pickle File

Now you're ready to prepare the file. You can copy the appropriate snippet based on your prediction format from above and paste it in the code below. Note the highlighted line, which defines where the .pkl file will be stored.

from encord_active.lib.db.predictions import Prediction, Format

predictions_to_store = []

for prediction in my_predictions: # Iterate over your predictions
# PASTE appropriate prediction snippet from above

with open("/path/to/predictions.pkl", "wb") as f:
pickle.dump(predictions_to_store, f)

In the above code snippet, you will have to fetch the data_hash, class_id, etc. ready from the for loop in line 5.

3. Import Your Predictions via the CLI

To import the predictions into Encord Active, you run the following command from the command line:

encord-active import predictions /path/to/predictions.pkl

This will import your predictions into Encord Active and run all the metrics on your predictions.