ParamTools

Define, update, and validate your model's parameters.

How to use ParamTools

Subclass paramtools.Parameters and define your model's parameters:

import paramtools


class TaxParams(paramtools.Parameters):
    defaults = {
        "schema": {
            "labels": {
                "year": {
                    "type": "int",
                    "validators": {"range": {"min": 2013, "max": 2027}}
                },
                "marital_status": {
                    "type": "str",
                    "validators": {"choice": {"choices": ["single", "joint"]}}
                },
            },
            "additional_members": {
                "cpi_inflatable": {"type": "bool", "number_dims": 0},
                "cpi_inflated": {"type": "bool", "number_dims": 0}
            }
        },
        "standard_deduction": {
            "title": "Standard deduction amount",
            "description": "Amount filing unit can use as a standard deduction.",
            "cpi_inflatable": True,
            "cpi_inflated": True,
            "type": "float",
            "value": [
                {"year": 2024, "marital_status": "single", "value": 13673.68},
                {"year": 2024, "marital_status": "joint", "value": 27347.36},
                {"year": 2025, "marital_status": "single", "value": 13967.66},
                {"year": 2025, "marital_status": "joint", "value": 27935.33},
                {"year": 2026, "marital_status": "single", "value": 7690.0},
                {"year": 2026, "marital_status": "joint", "value": 15380.0}],
            "validators": {
                "range": {
                    "min": 0,
                    "max": 9e+99
                }
            }
        },
    }

params = TaxParams(
    initial_state={"year": [2024, 2025, 2026]},
    array_first=True
)


Check out the state:

params.view_state()

# {'year': [2024, 2025, 2026]}

Parameters are available via instance attributes:

params.standard_deduction

# array([[13673.68, 27347.36],
#        [13967.66, 27935.33],
#        [ 7690.  , 15380.  ]])

Take a look at the standard deduction parameter's labels:

params.from_array("standard_deduction")

# [{'year': 2024, 'marital_status': 'single', 'value': 13673.68},
#  {'year': 2024, 'marital_status': 'joint', 'value': 27347.36},
#  {'year': 2025, 'marital_status': 'single', 'value': 13967.66},
#  {'year': 2025, 'marital_status': 'joint', 'value': 27935.33},
#  {'year': 2026, 'marital_status': 'single', 'value': 7690.0},
#  {'year': 2026, 'marital_status': 'joint', 'value': 15380.0}]

Query the parameters:

params.specification(year=2026, marital_status="single", use_state=False)

# OrderedDict([('standard_deduction',
#               [{'value': 0.0, 'year': 2026, 'marital_status': 'single'}])])

Adjust the default values:

adjustment = {
    "standard_deduction": [
        {"year": 2026, "marital_status": "single", "value": 10000.0}
    ],
}
params.adjust(adjustment)
params.standard_deduction

# array([[13673.68, 27347.36],
#        [13967.66, 27935.33],
#        [10000.  , 15380.  ]])

Set all values of the standard deduction parameter to 0:

adjustment = {
    "standard_deduction": 0,
}
params.adjust(adjustment)
params.standard_deduction

# array([[0., 0.],
#        [0., 0.],
#        [0., 0.]])

Errors on invalid input:

adjustment["standard_deduction"] = "higher"
params.adjust(adjustment)

# ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
# ValidationError                           Traceback (most recent call last)
# <ipython-input-7-d9ad03cf54d8> in <module>
#       1 adjustment["standard_deduction"] = "higher"
# ----> 2 params.adjust(adjustment)

# ~/Documents/ParamTools/paramtools/parameters.py in adjust(self, params_or_path, raise_errors)
#     134
#     135         if raise_errors and self._errors:
# --> 136             raise self.validation_error
#     137
#     138         # Update attrs.

# ValidationError: {'standard_deduction': ['Not a valid number: higher.']}

Errors on input that's out of range:

adjustment["standard_deduction"] = -1
params.adjust(adjustment)
params.adjust(adjustment)

# ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
# ValidationError                           Traceback (most recent call last)
# <ipython-input-8-8ea95339bb9b> in <module>
#       1 adjustment["standard_deduction"] = -1
# ----> 2 params.adjust(adjustment)

# ~/Documents/ParamTools/paramtools/parameters.py in adjust(self, params_or_path, raise_errors)
#     134
#     135         if raise_errors and self._errors:
# --> 136             raise self.validation_error
#     137
#     138         # Update attrs.

# ValidationError: {'standard_deduction': ['standard_deduction -1.0 must be greater than 0.']}

How to install ParamTools

Install with conda:

conda install -c conda-forge paramtools

Install from source:

git clone https://github.com/PSLmodels/ParamTools
cd ParamTools
conda env create
conda activate paramtools-dev
pip install -e .

# optionally run tests:
py.test -v

Documentation

Full documentation available at paramtools.org.

Contributing

Contributions are welcome! Checkout CONTRIBUTING.md to get started.

Credits

ParamTools is built on top of the excellent marshmallow JSON schema and validation framework. I encourage everyone to check out their repo and documentation. ParamTools was modeled off of Tax-Calculator's parameter processing and validation engine due to its maturity and sophisticated capabilities.