The SAS Deep Learning Python (DLPy) package provides the high-level Python APIs to deep learning methods in SAS Visual Data Mining and Machine Learning. It allows users to build deep learning models using friendly Keras-like APIs.





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DLPy - SAS Viya Deep Learning API for Python

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An efficient way to apply deep learning methods to image, text, and audio data.

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DLPy is a high-level Python library for the SAS Deep learning features available in SAS Viya. DLPy is designed to provide an efficient way to apply deep learning methods to image, text, and audio data. DLPy APIs created following the Keras APIs with a touch of PyTorch flavor.

What's Recently Added

  • Text, audio, and time series support in addition to image
  • New APIs for:
    • RNN based tasks: text classification, text generation, and sequence labeling
    • Object detection
    • Image segmentation
    • Time series processing and modeling
  • Processing audio files and creating speech recognition models
  • Additional pre-defined network architectures such as DenseNet, DarkNet, Inception, Yolo, FasterRCNN, U-Net, MobileNet, and ShuffleNet
  • Enhanced data visualization and metadata handling


  • Python version 3 or greater is required
  • Install SAS Scripting Wrapper for Analytics Transfer (SWAT) for Python using pip install swat or conda install -c sas-institute swat
  • Access to a SAS Viya 3.4 environment with Visual Data Mining and Machine Learning (VDMML) is required
  • To use timeseries APIs, access to either SAS Econometrics or SAS Visual Forecasting is required
  • A user login to your SAS Viya back-end is required. See your system administrator for details if you do not have a SAS Viya account.
  • It is recommended that you install the open source graph visualization software called Graphviz to enable graphic visualizations of the DLPy deep learning models
  • Install DLPy using pip install sas-dlpy or conda install -c sas-institute sas-dlpy

SAS Viya and VDMML versions vs. DLPY versions

DLPy versions are aligned with the SAS Viya and VDMML versions. Below is the versions matrix.

1.2.x 3.5 8.5
1.1.x 3.4 8.4
1.0.x 3.4 8.3

The table above can be read as follows: DLPy versions between 1.0 (inclusive) to 1.1 (exclusive) are designed to work with the SAS Viya 3.4 and VDMML 8.3.

External Libraries

The following versions of external libraries are supported:

  • ONNX: versions >= 1.5.0
  • Keras: versions >= 2.1.3

Getting Started

To connect to a SAS Viya server, import SWAT and use the swat.CAS class to create a connection:

Note: The default CAS port is 5570.

>>> import swat
>>> sess = swat.CAS('', 5570)

Next, import the DLPy package, and then build a simple convolutional neural network (CNN) model.

Import DLPy model functions:

>>> from dlpy import Model, Sequential
>>> from dlpy.layers import *

Use DLPy to create a sequential model and name it Simple_CNN:

>>> model1 = Sequential(sess, model_table = 'Simple_CNN')

Define an input layer to add to model1:

# The input shape contains RGB images (3 channels)
# The model images are 224 px in height and 224 px in width

>>> model1.add(InputLayer(3,224,224))

NOTE: Input layer added.

Add a 2D convolution layer and a pooling layer:

# Add 2-Dimensional Convolution Layer to model1
# that has 8 filters and a kernel size of 7. 

>>> model1.add(Conv2d(8,7))

NOTE: Convolutional layer added.

# Add Pooling Layer of size 2

>>> model1.add(Pooling(2))

NOTE: Pooling layer added.

Add an additional pair of 2D convolution and pooling layers:

# Add another 2D convolution Layer that has 8 filters and a kernel size of 7 

>>> model1.add(Conv2d(8,7))

NOTE: Convolutional layer added.

# Add a pooling layer of size 2 to # complete the second pair of layers. 

>>> model1.add(Pooling(2))

NOTE: Pooling layer added.

Add a fully connected layer:

# Add Fully-Connected Layer with 16 units

>>> model1.add(Dense(16))

NOTE: Fully-connected layer added.

Finally, add the output layer:

# Add an output layer that has 2 nodes and uses
# the Softmax activation function 

>>> model1.add(OutputLayer(act='softmax',n=2))

NOTE: Output layer added.
NOTE: Model compiled successfully 

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