tf.estimator.LinearEstimator

An estimator for TensorFlow linear models with user-specified head.

Inherits From: Estimator

Example:

categorical_column_a = categorical_column_with_hash_bucket(...)
categorical_column_b = categorical_column_with_hash_bucket(...)

categorical_feature_a_x_categorical_feature_b = crossed_column(...)

# Estimator using the default optimizer.
estimator = tf.estimator.LinearEstimator(
    head=tf.estimator.MultiLabelHead(n_classes=3),
    feature_columns=[categorical_column_a,
                     categorical_feature_a_x_categorical_feature_b])

# Or estimator using an optimizer with a learning rate decay.
estimator = tf.estimator.LinearEstimator(
    head=tf.estimator.MultiLabelHead(n_classes=3),
    feature_columns=[categorical_column_a,
                     categorical_feature_a_x_categorical_feature_b],
    optimizer=lambda: tf.keras.optimizers.Ftrl(
        learning_rate=tf.compat.v1.train.exponential_decay(
            learning_rate=0.1,
            global_step=tf.compat.v1.train.get_global_step(),
            decay_steps=10000,
            decay_rate=0.96))

# Or estimator using the FTRL optimizer with regularization.
estimator = tf.estimator.LinearEstimator(
    head=tf.estimator.MultiLabelHead(n_classes=3),
    feature_columns=[categorical_column_a,
                     categorical_feature_a_x_categorical_feature_b])
    optimizer=tf.keras.optimizers.Ftrl(
        learning_rate=0.1,
        l1_regularization_strength=0.001
    ))

def input_fn_train:
  # Returns tf.data.Dataset of (x, y) tuple where y represents label's class
  # index.
  pass
def input_fn_eval:
  # Returns tf.data.Dataset of (x, y) tuple where y represents label's class
  # index.
  pass
def input_fn_predict:
  # Returns tf.data.Dataset of (x, None) tuple.
  pass
estimator.train(input_fn=input_fn_train, steps=100)
metrics = estimator.evaluate(input_fn=input_fn_eval, steps=10)
predictions = estimator.predict(input_fn=input_fn_predict)

Input of train and evaluate should have following features, otherwise there will be a KeyError:

  • if weight_column is not None, a feature with key=weight_column whose value is a Tensor.
  • for each column in feature_columns:
    • if column is a CategoricalColumn, a feature with key=column.name whose value is a SparseTensor.
    • if column is a WeightedCategoricalColumn, two features: the first with key the id column name, the second with key the weight column name. Both features' value must be a SparseTensor.
    • if column is a DenseColumn, a feature with key=column.name whose value is a Tensor.

Loss and predicted output are determined by the specified head.