Using Kipoi - Getting started


1. Install Kipoi

  1. Install miniconda or anaconda
  2. Install git and git-lfs
    • See how to install git here or install it through conda: conda install -c anaconda git
    • Install git-lfs: conda install -c conda-forge git-lfs && git lfs install
    • For alternative installation options see
  3. Install kipoi
    • pip install kipoi
    • if you wish to use variant effect prediction, run pip install kipoi[vep]

2. Choose the model from

  1. Navigate to and select a model of your interest
  2. On model's page (<model>), check the required arguments in the dataloader section and copy the code snippets

3. Use the model

You can use the model from:

  • Python
  • Command-line interface
  • R (via the reticulate package)

Python - quick start

See the ipython notebook tutorials/python-api for additional information and a working example of the API. Here is a list of most useful python commands.

import kipoi

List all models


Get the model

model = kipoi.get_model("rbp_eclip/UPF1")

Aside: get_model and models versus model groups:

get_model expects to receive a path to a directory containing a model.yaml file. This file specifies the underlying model, data loader, and other model attributes.
If instead you provide get_model a path to a model group (e.g "lsgkm-SVM/Tfbs/Ap2alpha/"), rather than one model (e.g "lsgkm-SVM/Tfbs/Ap2alpha/Helas3/Sydh_Std"), or any other directory without a model.yaml file, get_model will throw a ValueError.

If you wish to acces the model for a particular commit, use the github permalink:

model = kipoi.get_model("", source='github-permalink')

Access information about the model # Information about the author:

model.default_dataloader # Access the default dataloader

model.model # Access the underlying Keras model

Test the model

pred = model.pipeline.predict_example()

Get predictions for the raw files

For any generation of the model output the dataloader has to be executed first. A dataloader will require input arguments in which the input files are defined, for example input fasta files or bed files, based on which the model input is generated. One way to display the keyword arguments a dataloader accepts is the following:


The output of the function above will tell you which arguments you can use when running the following command. Alternatively, you can view the dataloader arguments on the model's website (<model>). Let's assume that model.default_dataloder.print_args() has informed us that the dataloader accepts the arguments dataloader_arg1 and targets_file. You can get the model prediction using kipoi.pipeline.predict:

model.pipeline.predict({"dataloader_arg1": "...", "targets_file": "..."})

Specifically, for the rbp_eclip/UPF1 model, you would run the following:

# Make sure we are in the directory containing the example files
import os

# Run the prediction
model.pipeline.predict({'intervals_file': 'example_files/intervals.bed', 
                        'fasta_file': 'example_files/hg38_chr22.fa', 
                    'gtf_file': 'example_files/gencode.v24.annotation_chr22.gtf', 
                    'filter_protein_coding': True, 
                    'target_file': 'example_files/targets.tsv'})

Setup the dataloader

dl = model.default_dataloader(dataloader_arg1="...", targets_file="...")

Note: kipoi.get_model("<mymodel>").default_dataloader is the same as kipoi.get_dataloader_factory("<mymodel>")

Predict for a single batch

# Get the batch iterator
it = dl.batch_iter(batch_size=32)

# get a single batch
single_batch = next(it)

# Make a prediction
predictions = model.predict_on_batch(single_batch['inputs'])

Re-train the model

it_train = dl.batch_train_iter(batch_size=32)  # will yield tuples (inputs, targets) indefinitely

# Since we are using a Keras model, run:
model.model.fit_generator(it_train, steps_per_epoch=len(dl)//32, epochs=10)

Command-line interface - quick start

Show help

kipoi -h

List all models

kipoi ls

Get information on how the required dataloader keyword arguments

kipoi info -i --source kipoi rbp_eclip/UPF1

Run model prediction

cd ~/.kipoi/models/rbp_eclip/UPF1/example_files

kipoi predict rbp_eclip/UPF1 \
  --dataloader_args='{'intervals_file': 'intervals.bed', 'fasta_file': 'hg38_chr22.fa', 'gtf_file': 'gencode.v24.annotation_chr22.gtf'}' \
  -o '/tmp/rbp_eclip__UPF1.example_pred.tsv'

# check the results
head '/tmp/rbp_eclip__UPF1.example_pred.tsv'

Test a model

kipoi test ~/.kipoi/models/rbp_eclip/UPF1/example_files

Install all model dependencies

kipoi env install rbp_eclip/UPF1

Create a new conda environment for the model

kipoi env create rbp_eclip/UPF1
source activate kipoi-rbp_eclip__UPF

List all Kipoi environments

kipoi env list

Use source activate <env> or conda activate <env> to activate the environment.

Score variants

kipoi postproc score_variant rbp_eclip/UPF1 \
    --batch_size=16 \
    -v input.vcf \
    -o output.vcf

R - quick start

See tutorials/R-api.