tf.data.TFRecordDataset

A Dataset comprising records from one or more TFRecord files.

Inherits From: Dataset

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filenames A tf.string tensor or tf.data.Dataset containing one or more filenames.
compression_type (Optional.) A tf.string scalar evaluating to one of "" (no compression), "ZLIB", or "GZIP".
buffer_size (Optional.) A tf.int64 scalar representing the number of bytes in the read buffer. If your input pipeline is I/O bottlenecked, consider setting this parameter to a value 1-100 MBs. If None, a sensible default for both local and remote file systems is used.
num_parallel_reads (Optional.) A tf.int64 scalar representing the number of files to read in parallel. If greater than one, the records of files read in parallel are outputted in an interleaved order. If your input pipeline is I/O bottlenecked, consider setting this parameter to a value greater than one to parallelize the I/O. If None, files will be read sequentially.

TypeError If any argument does not have the expected type.
ValueError If any argument does not have the expected shape.

element_spec The type specification of an element of this dataset.

dataset = tf.data.Dataset.from_tensor_slices([1, 2, 3])
dataset.element_spec
TensorSpec(shape=(), dtype=tf.int32, name=None)

Methods

apply

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Applies a transformation function to this dataset.

apply enables chaining of custom Dataset transformations, which are represented as functions that take one Dataset argument and return a transformed Dataset.

dataset = tf.data.Dataset.range(100)
def dataset_fn(ds):
  return ds.filter(lambda x: x < 5)
dataset = dataset.apply(dataset_fn)
list(dataset.as_numpy_iterator())
[0, 1, 2, 3, 4]

Args
transformation_func A function that takes one Dataset argument and returns a Dataset.

Returns
Dataset The Dataset returned by applying transformation_func to this dataset.

as_numpy_iterator

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Returns an iterator which converts all elements of the dataset to numpy.

Use as_numpy_iterator to inspect the content of your dataset. To see element shapes and types, print dataset elements directly instead of using as_numpy_iterator.

dataset = tf.data.Dataset.from_tensor_slices([1, 2, 3])
for element in dataset:
  print(element)
tf.Tensor(1, shape=(), dtype=int32)
tf.Tensor(2, shape=(), dtype=int32)
tf.Tensor(3, shape=(), dtype=int32)

This method requires that you are running in eager mode and the dataset's element_spec contains only TensorSpec components.

dataset = tf.data.Dataset.from_tensor_slices([1, 2, 3])
for element in dataset.as_numpy_iterator():
  print(element)
1
2
3
dataset = tf.data.Dataset.from_tensor_slices([1, 2, 3])
print(list(dataset.as_numpy_iterator()))
[1, 2, 3]

as_numpy_iterator() will preserve the nested structure of dataset elements.

dataset = tf.data.Dataset.from_tensor_slices({'a': ([1, 2], [3, 4]),
                                              'b': [5, 6]})
list(dataset.as_numpy_iterator()) == [{'a': (1, 3), 'b': 5},
                                      {'a': (2, 4), 'b': 6}]
True

Returns
An iterable over the elements of the dataset, with their tensors converted to numpy arrays.

Raises
TypeError if an element contains a non-Tensor value.
RuntimeError if eager execution is not enabled.

batch

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Combines consecutive elements of this dataset into batches.

dataset = tf.data.Dataset.range(8)
dataset = dataset.batch(3)
list(dataset.as_numpy_iterator())
[array([0, 1, 2]), array([3, 4, 5]), array([6, 7])]
dataset = tf.data.Dataset.range(8)
dataset = dataset.batch(3, drop_remainder=True)
list(dataset.as_numpy_iterator())
[array([0, 1, 2]), array([3, 4, 5])]

The components of the resulting element will have an additional outer dimension, which will be batch_size (or N % batch_size for the last element if batch_size does not divide the number of input elements N evenly and drop_remainder is False). If your program depends on the batches having the same outer dimension, you should set the drop_remainder argument to True to prevent the smaller batch from being produced.

Args
batch_size A tf.int64 scalar tf.Tensor, representing the number of consecutive elements of this dataset to combine in a single batch.
drop_remainder (Optional.) A tf.bool scalar tf.Tenso