[SciPy-dev] Test Design Question for Stats.Models Code

josef.pktd@gmai... josef.pktd@gmai...
Sat Jul 18 06:13:45 CDT 2009

On Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 8:40 PM, Skipper Seabold<jsseabold@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 1:42 PM, Bruce Southey<bsouthey@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 07/17/2009 12:26 PM, Robert Kern wrote:
>> On Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 12:18, Skipper Seabold<jsseabold@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I am polishing up the generalized linear models right now for the
>> stats.models project and I have a question about using decorators with
>> my tests.  The GLM framework has a central model with shared
>> properties and then several variations on this model, so to test I
>> have just as a simplified example:
>> from numpy.testing import *
>> DECIMAL = 4
>> class check_glm(object):
>>    '''
>>    res2 results will be obtained from R or the RModelwrap
>>    '''
>>    def test_params(self):
>>        assert_almost_equal(self.res1.params, self.res2.params, DECIMAL)
>>    def test_resids(self):
>>        assert_almost_equal(self.res1.resids, self.res2.resids, DECIMAL)
>> class test_glm_gamma(check_glm):
>>    def __init__(self):
>> # Preprocessing to setup results
>>        self.res1 = ResultsFromGLM
>>        self.res2 = R_Results
>> if __name__=="__main__":
>>    run_module_suite()
>> My question is whether I can skip, for arguments sake, test_resids
>> depending, for example, on the class of self.res2 or because I defined
>> the test condition as True in the test_<> class.   I tried putting in
>> the check_glm class
>> @dec.skipif(TestCondition, "Skipping this test because of ...")
>> def test_resids(self):
>> ...
>> TestCondition should be None by default, but how can I get the value
>> of TestCondition to evaluate to True if appropriate?  I have tried a
>> few different ways, but I am a little stumped. Does this make sense/is
>> it possible?  I'm sure I'm missing something obvious, but any insights
>> would be appreciated.
>> I don't think you can do that with the decorator. Just do the test in
>> code inside the method and raise nose.SkipTest explicitly:
>> def test_resids(self):
>>     if not isinstance(self.res1, GLMResults):
>>         raise nose.SkipTest("Not a GLM test")
> Thanks for the suggestion.  This definitely works for the isinstance
> check, and I will include it for when that's appropriate.  Without
> going into too much mundane details, it's not quite flexible enough
> for my other needs.  I suppose I could have a barrage of if tests with
> each test in the parent class, but it would be ugly...
>> I think you should follow (or do something similar to) the approach given
>> under the section 'Creating many similar tests' in the Numpy guidelines
>> under Tips & Tricks:
>> http://projects.scipy.org/numpy/wiki/TestingGuidelines
>> This gives the option to group tests from related models together.
>> Bruce
> Thanks as well.  The tests I had were similar to the example.  The
> difference is that the data is defined for each family (test subclass)
> of the same model (parent test class).  I have moved some of the
> asserts now to the subclasses like the example, so I can decorate/skip
> each one as needed (this isn't quite as haphazard as it sounds), but
> this somewhat defeats the purpose of having the parent class with the
> tests to reuse in the first place.  It's possible that my needs won't
> allow me to be as lazy as I wanted to be ;).  I really wish I could
> just define the TestConditions "on the fly" how I was originally
> thinking, but I'm not sure even this would have worked given that I
> couldn't do it simply with the explicit if tests.
> Once I finish this round of refactoring perhaps I will link to the
> tests so that what's going on is clearer and to see if anyone
> can/wants to point out a better way.
> Thanks,
> Skipper
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If you have groups of cases that would require similar skips, you
could try a second level in the class hierarchy, where common
subgroups of cases inherit from the same intermediate class.

But I never tried it with nose, and I'm currently unable to try anything.


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