tf.keras.layers.LSTM

Long Short-Term Memory layer - Hochreiter 1997.

Inherits From: LSTM, RNN, Layer, Module

Used in the notebooks

Used in the guide Used in the tutorials

See the Keras RNN API guide for details about the usage of RNN API.

Based on available runtime hardware and constraints, this layer will choose different implementations (cuDNN-based or pure-TensorFlow) to maximize the performance. If a GPU is available and all the arguments to the layer meet the requirement of the CuDNN kernel (see below for details), the layer will use a fast cuDNN implementation.

The requirements to use the cuDNN implementation are:

  1. activation == tanh
  2. recurrent_activation == sigmoid
  3. recurrent_dropout == 0
  4. unroll is False
  5. use_bias is True
  6. Inputs, if use masking, are strictly right-padded.
  7. Eager execution is enabled in the outermost context.

For example:

inputs = tf.random.normal([32, 10, 8])
lstm = tf.keras.layers.LSTM(4)
output = lstm(inputs)
print(output.shape)
(32, 4)
lstm = tf.keras.layers.LSTM(4, return_sequences=True, return_state=True)
whole_seq_output, final_memory_state, final_carry_state = lstm(inputs)
print(whole_seq_output.shape)
(32, 10, 4)
print(final_memory_state.shape)
(32, 4)
print(final_carry_state.shape)
(32, 4)

units Positive integer, dimensionality of the output space.
activation Activation function to use. Default: hyperbolic tangent (tanh). If you pass None, no activation is applied (ie. "linear" activation: a(x) = x).
recurrent_activation Activation function to use for the recurrent step. Default: sigmoid (sigmoid). If you pass None, no activation is applied (ie. "linear" activation: a(x) = x).
use_bias Boolean (default True), whether the layer uses a bias vector.
kernel_initializer Initializer for the kernel weights matrix, used for the linear transformation of the inputs. Default: glorot_uniform.
recurrent_initializer Initializer for the recurrent_kernel weights matrix, used for the linear transformation of the recurrent state. Default: orthogonal.
bias_initializer Initializer for the bias vector. Default: zeros.
unit_forget_bias Boolean (default True). If True, add 1 to the bias of the forget gate at initialization. Setting it to true will also force bias_initializer="zeros". This is recommended in Jozefowicz et al..
kernel_regularizer Regularizer function applied to the kernel weights matrix. Default: None.
recurrent_regularizer Regularizer function applied to the recurrent_kernel weights matrix. Default: None.
bias_regularizer Regularizer function applied to the bias vector. Default: None.
activity_regularizer Regularizer function applied to the output of the layer (its "activation"). Default: None.
kernel_constraint Constraint function applied to the kernel weights matrix. Default: None.
recurrent_constraint Constraint function applied to the recurrent_kernel weights matrix. Default: None.
bias_constraint Constraint function applied to the bias vector. Default: None.
dropout Float between 0 and 1. Fraction of the units to drop for the linear transformation of the inputs. Default: 0.
recurrent_dropout Float between 0 and 1. Fraction of the units to drop for the linear transformation of the recurrent state. Default: 0.
return_sequences Boolean. Whether to return the last output. in the output sequence, or the full sequence. Default: False.
return_state Boolean. Whether to return the last state in addition to the output. Default: False.
go_backwards Boolean (default False). If True, process the input sequence backwards and return the reversed sequence.
stateful Boolean (default False). If True, the last state for each sample at index i in a batch will be used as initial state for the sample of index i in the following batch.
time_major The shape format of the inputs and outputs tensors. If True, the inputs and outputs will be in shape [timesteps, batch, feature], whereas in the False case, it will be [batch, timesteps, feature]. Using time_major = True is a bit more efficient because it avoids transposes at the beginning and end of the RNN calculation. However, most TensorFlow data is batch-major, so by default this function accepts input and emits output in batch-major form.