Population Shift Monitoring

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popmon is a package that allows one to check the stability of a dataset. popmon works with both pandas and spark datasets.

popmon creates histograms of features binned in time-slices, and compares the stability of the profiles and distributions of those histograms using statistical tests, both over time and with respect to a reference. It works with numerical, ordinal, categorical features, and the histograms can be higher-dimensional, e.g. it can also track correlations between any two features. popmon can automatically flag and alert on changes observed over time, such as trends, shifts, peaks, outliers, anomalies, changing correlations, etc, using monitoring business rules.

Traffic Light Overview

Histogram inspector


Spark 3.0

With Spark 3.0, based on Scala 2.12, make sure to pick up the correct histogrammar jar files:

spark = SparkSession.builder.config(

For Spark 2.X compiled against scala 2.11, in the string above simply replace 2.12 with 2.11.


The entire popmon documentation including tutorials can be found at read-the-docs.

Check it out

The popmon library requires Python 3.6+ and is pip friendly. To get started, simply do:

$ pip install popmon

or check out the code from our GitHub repository:

$ git clone https://github.com/ing-bank/popmon.git
$ pip install -e popmon

where in this example the code is installed in edit mode (option -e).

You can now use the package in Python with:

import popmon

Congratulations, you are now ready to use the popmon library!

Quick run

As a quick example, you can do:

import pandas as pd
import popmon
from popmon import resources

# open synthetic data
df = pd.read_csv(resources.data("test.csv.gz"), parse_dates=["date"])

# generate stability report using automatic binning of all encountered features
# (importing popmon automatically adds this functionality to a dataframe)
report = df.pm_stability_report(time_axis="date", features=["date:age", "date:gender"])

# to show the output of the report in a Jupyter notebook you can simply run:

# or save the report to file

To specify your own binning specifications and features you want to report on, you do:

# time-axis specifications alone; all other features are auto-binned.
report = df.pm_stability_report(
    time_axis="date", time_width="1w", time_offset="2020-1-6"

# histogram selections. Here 'date' is the first axis of each histogram.
features = [

# Specify your own binning specifications for individual features or combinations thereof.
# This bin specification uses open-ended ("sparse") histograms; unspecified features get
# auto-binned. The time-axis binning, when specified here, needs to be in nanoseconds.
bin_specs = {
    "longitude": {"bin_width": 5.0, "bin_offset": 0.0},
    "latitude": {"bin_width": 5.0, "bin_offset": 0.0},
    "age": {"bin_width": 10.0, "bin_offset": 0.0},
    "date": {
        "bin_width": pd.Timedelta("4w").value,
        "bin_offset": pd.Timestamp("2015-1-1").value,

# generate stability report
report = df.pm_stability_report(features=features, bin_specs=bin_specs, time_axis=True)

These examples also work with spark dataframes. You can see the output of such example notebook code here. For all available examples, please see the tutorials at read-the-docs.

Pipelines for monitoring dataset shift

Advanced users can leverage popmon’s modular data pipeline to customize their workflow. Visualization of the pipeline can be useful when debugging, or for didactic purposes. There is a script included with the package that you can use. The plotting is configurable, and depending on the options you will obtain a result that can be used for understanding the data flow, the high-level components and the (re)use of datasets.

Pipeline Visualization

Example pipeline visualization (click to enlarge)

Reports and integrations

The data shift computations that popmon performs, are by default displayed in a self-contained HTML report. This format is favourable in many real-world environments, where access may be restricted. Moreover, reports can be easily shared with others.

Access to the datastore means that its possible to integrate popmon in almost any workflow. To give an example, one could store the histogram data in a PostgreSQL database and load that from Grafana and benefit from their visualisation and alert handling features (e.g. send an email or slack message upon alert). This may be interesting to teams that are already invested in particular choice of dashboarding tool.

Possible integrations are:

Grafana logo

Kibana logo



Resources on how to integrate popmon are available in the examples directory. Contributions of additional or improved integrations are welcome!

Comparison and profile extensions

External libraries or custom functionality can be easily added to Profiles and Comparisons. If you developed an extension that could be generically used, then please consider contributing it to the package.

Popmon currently integrates:

A Python/C++ implementation of Hartigan & Hartigan’s dip test for unimodality. The dip test tests for multimodality in a sample by taking the maximum difference, over all sample points, between the empirical distribution function, and the unimodal distribution function that minimizes that maximum difference. Other than unimodality, it makes no further assumptions about the form of the null distribution.

To enable this extension install diptest using pip install diptest or pip install popmon[diptest].







popmon: Analysis Package for Dataset Shift Detection

SciPy Conference 2022

July 13, 2022

Simon Brugman

Popmon - population monitoring made easy

Big Data Technology Warsaw Summit 2021

February 25, 2021

Simon Brugman

Popmon - population monitoring made easy

Data Lunch @ Eneco

October 29, 2020

Max Baak, Simon Brugman

Popmon - population monitoring made easy

Data Science Summit 2020

October 16, 2020

Max Baak

Population Shift Monitoring Made Easy: the popmon package

Online Data Science Meetup @ ING WBAA

July 8 2020

Tomas Sostak

Popmon: Population Shift Monitoring Made Easy

PyData Fest Amsterdam 2020

June 16, 2020

Tomas Sostak

Popmon: Population Shift Monitoring Made Easy

Amundsen Community Meetup

June 4, 2020

Max Baak





POPMON v1.0.0: The Dataset-Shift Pokémon

Aug 3, 2022

Pradyot Patil

Monitoring Model Drift with Python

April 16, 2022

Jeanine Schoonemann

The Statistics Underlying the Popmon Hood

April 15, 2022

Jurriaan Nagelkerke and Jeanine Schoonemann

popmon: code breakfast session

November 9, 2022

Simon Brugman

Population Shift Analysis: Monitoring Data Quality with Popmon

May 21, 2021

Vito Gentile

Popmon Open Source Package — Population Shift Monitoring Made Easy

May 20, 2020

Nicole Mpozika


  • Kedro-popmon is a plugin to integrate popmon reporting with kedro. This plugin allows you to automate the process of popmon feature and output stability monitoring. Package created by Marian Dabrowski and Stephane Collot.

Project contributors

This package was authored by ING Analytics Wholesale Banking (INGA WB). Special thanks to the following people who have contributed to the development of this package: Ahmet Erdem, Fabian Jansen, Nanne Aben, Mathieu Grimal.

Citing popmon

If popmon has been relevant in your work, and you would like to acknowledge the project in your publication, we suggest citing the following paper:

  • Brugman, S., Sostak, T., Patil, P., Baak, M. popmon: Analysis Package for Dataset Shift Detection. Proceedings of the 21st Python in Science Conference. 161-168 (2022). (link)

In BibTeX format:

@InProceedings{ popmon-proc-scipy-2022,
  author    = { {S}imon {B}rugman and {T}omas {S}ostak and {P}radyot {P}atil and {M}ax {B}aak },
  title     = { popmon: {A}nalysis {P}ackage for {D}ataset {S}hift {D}etection },
  booktitle = { {P}roceedings of the 21st {P}ython in {S}cience {C}onference },
  pages     = { 161 - 168 },
  year      = { 2022 },
  editor    = { {M}eghann {A}garwal and {C}hris {C}alloway and {D}illon {N}iederhut and {D}avid {S}hupe },

Contact and support

Please note that INGA WB provides support only on a best-effort basis.


Copyright INGA WB. popmon is completely free, open-source and licensed under the MIT license.