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## Introduction

When you're doing supervised learning, you can use `fit()`

and everything works
smoothly.

When you need to write your own training loop from scratch, you can use the
`GradientTape`

and take control of every little detail.

But what if you need a custom training algorithm, but you still want to benefit from
the convenient features of `fit()`

, such as callbacks, built-in distribution support,
or step fusing?

A core principle of Keras is **progressive disclosure of complexity**. You should
always be able to get into lower-level workflows in a gradual way. You shouldn't fall
off a cliff if the high-level functionality doesn't exactly match your use case. You
should be able to gain more control over the small details while retaining a
commensurate amount of high-level convenience.

When you need to customize what `fit()`

does, you should **override the training step
function of the Model class**. This is the function that is called by

`fit()`

for
every batch of data. You will then be able to call `fit()`

as usual -- and it will be
running your own learning algorithm.Note that this pattern does not prevent you from building models with the Functional
API. You can do this whether you're building `Sequential`

models, Functional API
models, or subclassed models.

Let's see how that works.

## Setup

Requires TensorFlow 2.2 or later.

```
import tensorflow as tf
from tensorflow import keras
```

## A first simple example

Let's start from a simple example:

- We create a new class that subclasses
`keras.Model`

. - We just override the method
`train_step(self, data)`

. - We return a dictionary mapping metric names (including the loss) to their current value.

The input argument `data`

is what gets passed to fit as training data:

- If you pass Numpy arrays, by calling
`fit(x, y, ...)`

, then`data`

will be the tuple`(x, y)`

- If you pass a
`tf.data.Dataset`

, by calling`fit(dataset, ...)`

, then`data`

will be what gets yielded by`dataset`

at each batch.

In the body of the `train_step`

method, we implement a regular training update,
similar to what you are already familiar with. Importantly, **we compute the loss via
self.compiled_loss**, which wraps the loss(es) function(s) that were passed to

`compile()`

.Similarly, we call `self.compiled_metrics.update_state(y, y_pred)`

to update the state
of the metrics that were passed in `compile()`

, and we query results from
`self.metrics`

at the end to retrieve their current value.

```
class CustomModel(keras.Model):
def train_step(self, data):
# Unpack the data. Its structure depends on your model and
# on what you pass to `fit()`.
x, y = data
with tf.GradientTape() as tape:
y_pred = self(x, training=True) # Forward pass
# Compute the loss value
# (the loss function is configured in `compile()`)
loss = self.compiled_loss(y, y_pred, regularization_losses=self.losses)
# Compute gradients
trainable_vars = self.trainable_variables
gradients = tape.gradient(loss, trainable_vars)
# Update weights
self.optimizer.apply_gradients(zip(gradients, trainable_vars))
# Update metrics (includes the metric that tracks the loss)
self.compiled_metrics.update_state(y, y_pred)
# Return a dict mapping metric names to current value
return {m.name: m.result() for m in self.metrics}
```

Let's try this out:

```
import numpy as np
# Construct and compile an instance of CustomModel
inputs = keras.Input(shape=(32,))
outputs = keras.layers.Dense(1)(inputs)
model = CustomModel(inputs, outputs)
model.compile(optimizer="adam", loss="mse", metrics=["mae"])
# Just use `fit` as usual
x = np.random.random((1000, 32))
y = np.random.random((1000, 1))
model.fit(x, y, epochs=3)
```

Epoch 1/3 32/32 [==============================] - 1s 2ms/step - loss: 0.2686 - mae: 0.4175 Epoch 2/3 32/32 [==============================] - 0s 2ms/step - loss: 0.2447 - mae: 0.3849 Epoch 3/3 32/32 [==============================] - 0s 1ms/step - loss: 0.2110 - mae: 0.3703 <tensorflow.python.keras.callbacks.History at 0x7fc0bc3355c0>

## Going lower-level

Naturally, you could just skip passing a loss function in `compile()`

, and instead do
everything *manually* in `train_step`

. Likewise for metrics.

Here's a lower-level
example, that only uses `compile()`

to configure the optimizer:

- We start by creating
`Metric`

instances to track our loss and a MAE score. - We implement a custom
`train_step()`

that updates the state of these metrics (by calling`update_state()`

on them), then query them (via`result()`

) to return their current average value, to be displayed by the progress bar and to be pass to any callback. - Note that we would need to call
`reset_states()`

on our metrics between each epoch! Otherwise calling`result()`

would return an average since the start of training, whereas we usually work with per-epoch averages. Thankfully, the framework can do that for us: just list any metric you want to reset in the`metrics`

property of the model. The model will call`reset_states()`

on any object listed here at the begining of each`fit()`

epoch or at the begining of a call to`evaluate()`

.

```
loss_tracker = keras.metrics.Mean(name="loss")
mae_metric = keras.metrics.MeanAbsoluteError(name="mae")
class CustomModel(keras.Model):
def train_step(self, data):
x, y = data
with tf.GradientTape() as tape:
y_pred = self(x, training=True) # Forward pass
# Compute our own loss
loss = keras.losses.mean_squared_error(y, y_pred)
# Compute gradients
trainable_vars = self.trainable_variables
gradients = tape.gradient(loss, trainable_vars)
# Update weights
self.optimizer.apply_gradients(zip(gradients, trainable_vars))
# Compute our own metrics
loss_tracker.update_state(loss)
mae_metric.update_state(y, y_pred)
return {"loss": loss_tracker.result(), "mae": mae_metric.result()}
@property
def metrics(self):
# We list our `Metric` objects here so that `reset_states()` can be
# called automatically at the start of each epoch
# or at the start of `evaluate()`.
# If you don't implement this property, you have to call
# `reset_states()` yourself at the time of your choosing.
return [loss_tracker, mae_metric]
# Construct an instance of CustomModel
inputs = keras.Input(shape=(32,))
outputs = keras.layers.Dense(1)(inputs)
model = CustomModel(inputs, outputs)
# We don't passs a loss or metrics here.
model.compile(optimizer="adam")
# Just use `fit` as usual -- you can use callbacks, etc.
x = np.random.random((1000, 32))
y = np.random.random((1000, 1))
model.fit(x, y, epochs=5)
```

Epoch 1/5 32/32 [==============================] - 0s 1ms/step - loss: 1.7601 - mae: 1.2365 Epoch 2/5 32/32 [==============================] - 0s 1ms/step - loss: 0.8057 - mae: 0.7847 Epoch 3/5 32/32 [==============================] - 0s 1ms/step - loss: 0.3824 - mae: 0.5099 Epoch 4/5 32/32 [==============================] - 0s 2ms/step - loss: 0.2435 - mae: 0.3970 Epoch 5/5 32/32 [==============================] - 0s 1ms/step - loss: 0.2078 - mae: 0.3660 <tensorflow.python.keras.callbacks.History at 0x7fc0bc1be470>

## Supporting `sample_weight`

& `class_weight`

You may have noticed that our first basic example didn't make any mention of sample
weighting. If you want to support the `fit()`

arguments `sample_weight`

and
`class_weight`

, you'd simply do the following:

- Unpack
`sample_weight`

from the`data`

argument - Pass it to
`compiled_loss`

&`compiled_metrics`

(of course, you could also just apply it manually if you don't rely on`compile()`

for losses & metrics) - That's it. That's the list.

```
class CustomModel(keras.Model):
def train_step(self, data):
# Unpack the data. Its structure depends on your model and
# on what you pass to `fit()`.
if len(data) == 3:
x, y, sample_weight = data
else:
sample_weight = None
x, y = data
with tf.GradientTape() as tape:
y_pred = self(x, training=True) # Forward pass
# Compute the loss value.
# The loss function is configured in `compile()`.
loss = self.compiled_loss(
y,
y_pred,
sample_weight=sample_weight,
regularization_losses=self.losses,
)
# Compute gradients
trainable_vars = self.trainable_variables
gradients = tape.gradient(loss, trainable_vars)
# Update weights
self.optimizer.apply_gradients(zip(gradients, trainable_vars))
# Update the metrics.
# Metrics are configured in `compile()`.
self.compiled_metrics.update_state(y, y_pred, sample_weight=sample_weight)
# Return a dict mapping metric names to current value.
# Note that it will include the loss (tracked in self.metrics).
return {m.name: m.result() for m in self.metrics}
# Construct and compile an instance of CustomModel
inputs = keras.Input(shape=(32,))
outputs = keras.layers.Dense(1)(inputs)
model = CustomModel(inputs, outputs)
model.compile(optimizer="adam", loss="mse", metrics=["mae"])
# You can now use sample_weight argument
x = np.random.random((1000, 32))
y = np.random.random((1000, 1))
sw = np.random.random((1000, 1))
model.fit(x, y, sample_weight=sw, epochs=3)
```

Epoch 1/3 32/32 [==============================] - 0s 2ms/step - loss: 0.4465 - mae: 0.8506 Epoch 2/3 32/32 [==============================] - 0s 2ms/step - loss: 0.1995 - mae: 0.5142 Epoch 3/3 32/32 [==============================] - 0s 2ms/step - loss: 0.1206 - mae: 0.4091 <tensorflow.python.keras.callbacks.History at 0x7fc0bc1514a8>

## Providing your own evaluation step

What if you want to do the same for calls to `model.evaluate()`

? Then you would
override `test_step`

in exactly the same way. Here's what it looks like:

```
class CustomModel(keras.Model):
def test_step(self, data):
# Unpack the data
x, y = data
# Compute predictions
y_pred = self(x, training=False)
# Updates the metrics tracking the loss
self.compiled_loss(y, y_pred, regularization_losses=self.losses)
# Update the metrics.
self.compiled_metrics.update_state(y, y_pred)
# Return a dict mapping metric names to current value.
# Note that it will include the loss (tracked in self.metrics).
return {m.name: m.result() for m in self.metrics}
# Construct an instance of CustomModel
inputs = keras.Input(shape=(32,))
outputs = keras.layers.Dense(1)(inputs)
model = CustomModel(inputs, outputs)
model.compile(loss="mse", metrics=["mae"])
# Evaluate with our custom test_step
x = np.random.random((1000, 32))
y = np.random.random((1000, 1))
model.evaluate(x, y)
```

32/32 [==============================] - 0s 1ms/step - loss: 0.8310 - mae: 0.7860 [0.8263401985168457, 0.7800500392913818]

## Wrapping up: an end-to-end GAN example

Let's walk through an end-to-end example that leverages everything you just learned.

Let's consider:

- A generator network meant to generate 28x28x1 images.
- A discriminator network meant to classify 28x28x1 images into two classes ("fake" and "real").
- One optimizer for each.
- A loss function to train the discriminator.

```
from tensorflow.keras import layers
# Create the discriminator
discriminator = keras.Sequential(
[
keras.Input(shape=(28, 28, 1)),
layers.Conv2D(64, (3, 3), strides=(2, 2), padding="same"),
layers.LeakyReLU(alpha=0.2),
layers.Conv2D(128, (3, 3), strides=(2, 2), padding="same"),
layers.LeakyReLU(alpha=0.2),
layers.GlobalMaxPooling2D(),
layers.Dense(1),
],
name="discriminator",
)
# Create the generator
latent_dim = 128
generator = keras.Sequential(
[
keras.Input(shape=(latent_dim,)),
# We want to generate 128 coefficients to reshape into a 7x7x128 map
layers.Dense(7 * 7 * 128),
layers.LeakyReLU(alpha=0.2),
layers.Reshape((7, 7, 128)),
layers.Conv2DTranspose(128, (4, 4), strides=(2, 2), padding="same"),
layers.LeakyReLU(alpha=0.2),
layers.Conv2DTranspose(128, (4, 4), strides=(2, 2), padding="same"),
layers.LeakyReLU(alpha=0.2),
layers.Conv2D(1, (7, 7), padding="same", activation="sigmoid"),
],
name="generator",
)
```

Here's a feature-complete GAN class, overriding `compile()`

to use its own signature,
and implementing the entire GAN algorithm in 17 lines in `train_step`

:

```
class GAN(keras.Model):
def __init__(self, discriminator, generator, latent_dim):
super(GAN, self).__init__()
self.discriminator = discriminator
self.generator = generator
self.latent_dim = latent_dim
def compile(self, d_optimizer, g_optimizer, loss_fn):
super(GAN, self).compile()
self.d_optimizer = d_optimizer
self.g_optimizer = g_optimizer
self.loss_fn = loss_fn
def train_step(self, real_images):
if isinstance(real_images, tuple):
real_images = real_images[0]
# Sample random points in the latent space
batch_size = tf.shape(real_images)[0]
random_latent_vectors = tf.random.normal(shape=(batch_size, self.latent_dim))
# Decode them to fake images
generated_images = self.generator(random_latent_vectors)
# Combine them with real images
combined_images = tf.concat([generated_images, real_images], axis=0)
# Assemble labels discriminating real from fake images
labels = tf.concat(
[tf.ones((batch_size, 1)), tf.zeros((batch_size, 1))], axis=0
)
# Add random noise to the labels - important trick!
labels += 0.05 * tf.random.uniform(tf.shape(labels))
# Train the discriminator
with tf.GradientTape() as tape:
predictions = self.discriminator(combined_images)
d_loss = self.loss_fn(labels, predictions)
grads = tape.gradient(d_loss, self.discriminator.trainable_weights)
self.d_optimizer.apply_gradients(
zip(grads, self.discriminator.trainable_weights)
)
# Sample random points in the latent space
random_latent_vectors = tf.random.normal(shape=(batch_size, self.latent_dim))
# Assemble labels that say "all real images"
misleading_labels = tf.zeros((batch_size, 1))
# Train the generator (note that we should *not* update the weights
# of the discriminator)!
with tf.GradientTape() as tape:
predictions = self.discriminator(self.generator(random_latent_vectors))
g_loss = self.loss_fn(misleading_labels, predictions)
grads = tape.gradient(g_loss, self.generator.trainable_weights)
self.g_optimizer.apply_gradients(zip(grads, self.generator.trainable_weights))
return {"d_loss": d_loss, "g_loss": g_loss}
```

Let's test-drive it:

```
# Prepare the dataset. We use both the training & test MNIST digits.
batch_size = 64
(x_train, _), (x_test, _) = keras.datasets.mnist.load_data()
all_digits = np.concatenate([x_train, x_test])
all_digits = all_digits.astype("float32") / 255.0
all_digits = np.reshape(all_digits, (-1, 28, 28, 1))
dataset = tf.data.Dataset.from_tensor_slices(all_digits)
dataset = dataset.shuffle(buffer_size=1024).batch(batch_size)
gan = GAN(discriminator=discriminator, generator=generator, latent_dim=latent_dim)
gan.compile(
d_optimizer=keras.optimizers.Adam(learning_rate=0.0003),
g_optimizer=keras.optimizers.Adam(learning_rate=0.0003),
loss_fn=keras.losses.BinaryCrossentropy(from_logits=True),
)
# To limit the execution time, we only train on 100 batches. You can train on
# the entire dataset. You will need about 20 epochs to get nice results.
gan.fit(dataset.take(100), epochs=1)
```

100/100 [==============================] - 13s 11ms/step - d_loss: 0.4098 - g_loss: 0.8678 <tensorflow.python.keras.callbacks.History at 0x7fc0b07faef0>

The ideas behind deep learning are simple, so why should their implementation be painful?