What is the W&B sdk "Step" counter logging?


On my W&B sweep workspace, there is a variable called “Step” that is the default x-axis for several graph panels.
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This has caused me several issues in understanding my data, until I realized that the step I log from my code has a different name. I saw in Stable Baslines3: step vs global_step vs tensorboard step - #2 by mohammadbakir that W&B logs a custom step, which I assume this is. But my question is: What is this step? It’s intervals do not seem to correspond to anything in my code so what is the meaning of this variable?


Hey @adamits, the step variable in the W&B UI is the internal step counter that is incremented every time a wandb.log call is made. This means that there is a possibility that the wandb log counter is not aligned with the training step in your training loop. More details abut this can be found in our documentation here.

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