Return true_fn() if the predicate pred is true else false_fn().

Used in the notebooks

Used in the tutorials

true_fn and false_fn both return lists of output tensors. true_fn and false_fn must have the same non-zero number and type of outputs.

Although this behavior is consistent with the dataflow model of TensorFlow, it has frequently surprised users who expected a lazier semantics. Consider the following simple program:

z = tf.multiply(a, b)
result = tf.cond(x < y, lambda: tf.add(x, z), lambda: tf.square(y))

If x < y, the tf.add operation will be executed and tf.square operation will not be executed. Since z is needed for at least one branch of the cond, the tf.multiply operation is always executed, unconditionally.

Note that cond calls true_fn and false_fn exactly once (inside the call to cond, and not at all during cond stitches together the graph fragments