When running CAVE via the commandline you can use the following arguments to control it’s behaviour:


  • (--folders): path(s) to folder(s) containing the (parallel) configurator-output (works with glob-like output/run_*). while the explicit call with –folders is still supported, CAVE will interpret all positional arguments as folders


  • --output: where to save the CAVE-output

  • (--file_format): (deprecated, should be detected automatically) only use this if automatic file format detection fails. choose from SMAC3, SMAC2, CSV or BOHB.

  • --validation_format: (deprecated, should be detected automatically) of (optional) validation data (to enhance epm-quality where appropriate), choose from SMAC3, SMAC2, CSV or None.

  • --ta_exec_dir: only relevant when using scenario-files that redirect to relative files. path to the execution-directory of the configurator run. ta_exec_dir is the path from which the scenario is loaded, so the instance-/pcs-files specified in the scenario, so they are relative to this path (e.g. ‘ta_exec_dir/path_to_train_inst_specified_in_scenario.txt’).

Analysis-control (what methods to use in what way):

  • --parameter_importance: calculating parameter importance is expensive, so you can specify which plots you desire: ablation, forward_selection, fanova and/or lpi. either provide a combination of those or use all or none

  • --feature_analysis: analysis of features is expensive, so you can specify which algorithm to run: box_violin, clustering, importance and/or correlation. either provide a combination of those or use all or none

  • --no_performance_table: toggles the tabular analysis

  • --no_ecdf, --no_scatter_plots: toggle ecdf- and scatter-plots

  • --no_cost_over_time: toggles the cost-over-time plot

  • --no_parallel_coordinates: toggles the parallel-coordinates plot

  • --no_configurator_footprint: toggles the configurator-footprints

  • --no_algorithm_footprints: toggles the algorithm-footprints

  • --cfp_time_slider: how to display the over-time development of the configurator footprint, choose from off (which yields only the final interactive plot), static (which yields a number of .png`s to click through), `online (which generates a time-slider-widget - might be slow interaction on big data) and prerender (which also generates time-slider, but large file with low interaction time)

  • --cfp_number_quantiles: if time-slider for configurator footprints is not off, determines the number of different quantiles to look at

For a full view of the currently supported flags, see cave –help.


If you analyze BOHB-results, you can only provide one folder.