tfp.bijectors.SoftClip

Bijector that approximates clipping as a continuous, differentiable map.

Inherits From: AutoCompositeTensorBijector, Bijector, AutoCompositeTensor

The forward method takes unconstrained scalar x to a value y in [low, high]. For values within the interval and far from the bounds (low << x << high), this mapping is approximately the identity mapping.

b = tfb.SoftClip(low=-10., high=10.)
b.forward([-15., -7., 1., 9., 20.])
  # => [-9.993284, -6.951412,  0.9998932,  8.686738,  9.999954 ]

The softness of the clipping can be adjusted via the hinge_softness parameter. A sharp constraint (hinge_softness < 1.0) will approximate the identity mapping very well across almost all of its range, but may be numerically ill-conditioned at the boundaries. A soft constraint (hinge_softness > 1.0) corresponds to a smoother, better-conditioned mapping, but creates a larger distortion of its inputs.

b_hard = SoftClip(low=-5, high=5., hinge_softness=0.1)
b_soft.forward([-15., -7., 1., 9., 20.])
  # => [-10., -7., 1., 8.999995,  10.]

b_soft = SoftClip(low=-5, high=5., hinge_softness=10.0)
b_soft.forward([-15., -7., 1., 9., 20.])
  # => [-6.1985435, -3.369276,  0.16719627,  3.6655345,  7.1750355]

Note that the outputs are always in the interval [low, high], regardless of the hinge_softness.

Example use

A trivial application of this bijector is to constrain the values sampled from a distribution:

dist = tfd.TransformedDistribution(
  distribution=tfd.Normal(loc=0., scale=1.),
  bijector=tfb.SoftClip(low=-5., high=5.))
samples = dist.sample(100)  # => samples guaranteed in [-10., 10.]

A more useful application is to constrain the values considered during inference, preventing an inference algorithm from proposing values that cause numerical issues. For example, this model will return a log_prob of NaN when z is outside of the range [-5., 5.]:

dist = tfd.JointDistributionNamed({
  'z': tfd.Normal(0., 1.0)
  'x': lambda z: tfd.Normal(
                   loc=tf.log(25 - z**2), # Breaks if z >= 5 or z <= -5.
                   scale=1.)})

Using SoftClip allows us to keep an inference algorithm in the feasible region without distorting the inference geometry by very much:

target_log_prob_fn = lambda z: dist.log_prob(z=z, x=3.)  # Condition on x==3.

# Use SoftClip to ensure sampler stays within the numerically valid region.
mcmc_samples = tfp.mcmc.sample_chain(
  kernel=tfp.mcmc.TransformedTransitionKernel(
    tfp.mcmc.HamiltonianMonteCarlo(
      target_log_prob_fn=target_log_prob_fn,
      num_leapfrog_steps=2,
      step_size=0.1),
    bijector=tfb.SoftClip(-5., 5.)),
  trace_fn=None,
  current_state=0.,
  num_results=100)

Mathematical Details

The constraint is built by using softplus(x) = log(1 + exp(x)) as a smooth approximation to max(x, 0). In combination with affine transformations, this can implement a constraint to any scalar interval.

In particular, translating softplus gives a generic lower bound constraint:

max(x, low) =  max(x - low, 0) + low
            ~= softplus(x - low) + low
            := softlower(x)

Note that this quantity is always greater than low because softplus is positive-valued. We can also implement a soft upper bound:

min(x, high) =  min(x - high, 0) + high
             = -max(high - x, 0) + high
            ~= -softplus(high - x) + high
            := softupper(x)

which, similarly, is always less than high.

Composing these bounds as softupper(softlower(x)) gives a quantity bounded above by high, and bounded below by softupper(low) (because softupper is monotonic and its input is bounded below by low). In general, we will have softupper(low) < low, so we need to shrink the interval slightly (by (high - low) / (high - softupper(low))) to preserve the lower bound. The two-sided constraint is therefore:

softclip(x) := (softupper(softlower(x)) - high) *
                 (high - low) / (high - softupper(low)) + high
             = -softplus(high - low - softplus(x - low)) *
                 (high - low) / (softplus(high-low)) + high

Due to this rescaling, the bijector can be mildly asymmetric. Values of equal distance from the endpoints are mapped to values with slightly unequal distance from the endpoints; for example,

b = SoftConstrain(-1., 1.)
b.forward([-0.5., 0.5.])
  # => [-0.2527727 ,  0.19739306]

The degree of the asymmetry is proportional to the size of the rescaling correction, i.e., the extent to which softupper fails to be the identity map at the lower end of the interval. This is maximized when the upper and lower bounds are very close together relative to the hinge softness, as in the example above. Conversely, when the interval is wide, the required correction and asymmetry are very small.

low Optional float Tensor lower bound. If None, the lower-bound constraint is omitted. Default value: None.
high Optional float Tensor upper bound. If None, the upper-bound constraint is omitted. Default value: None.
hinge_softness Optional nonzero float Tensor. Controls the softness of the constraint at the boundaries; values outside of the constraint set are mapped into intervals of width approximately log(2) * hinge_softness on the interior of each boundary. High softness reserves more space for values outside of the constraint set, leading to greater distortion of inputs within the constraint set, but improved numerical stability near the boundaries. Default value: None (1.0).
validate_args Python bool indicating whether arguments should be checked for correctness.
name Python str name given to ops managed by this object.

dtype

forward_min_event_ndims Returns the minimal number of dimensions bijector.forward operates on.

Multipart bijectors return structured ndims, which indicates the expected structure of their inputs. Some multipart bijectors, notably Composites, may return structures of None.

graph_parents Returns this Bijector's graph_parents as a Python list.
has_static_min_event_ndims Returns True if the bijector has statically-known min_event_ndims. (deprecated)

high

hinge_softness

inverse_min_event_ndims Returns the minimal number of dimensions bijector.inverse operates on.

Multipart bijectors return structured event_ndims, which indicates the expected structure of their outputs. Some multipart bijectors, notably Composites, may return structures of None.

is_constant_jacobian Returns true iff the Jacobian matrix is not a function of x.

low

name Returns the string name of this Bijector.
name_scope Returns a tf.name_scope instance for this class.
non_trainable_variables Sequence of non-trainable variables owned by this module and its submodules.

parameters Dictionary of parameters used to instantiate this Bijector.
submodules Sequence of all sub-modules.

Submodules are modules which are properties of this module, or found as properties of modules which are properties of this module (and so on).

a = tf.Module()
b = tf.Module()
c = tf.Module()
a.b = b
b.c = c
list(a.submodules) == [b, c]
True
list(b.submodules) == [c]
True
list(c.submodules) == []
True

trainable_variables Sequence of trainable variables owned by this module and its submodules.

validate_args Returns True if Tensor arguments will be validated.
variables Sequence of variables owned by this module and its submodules.

Methods

copy

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Creates a copy of the bijector.

Args
**override_parameters_kwargs String/value dictionary of initialization arguments to override with new values.

Returns
bijector A new instance of type(self) initialized from the union of self.parameters and override_parameters_kwargs, i.e., dict(self.parameters, **override_parameters_kwargs).

experimental_batch_shape

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Returns the batch shape of this bijector for inputs of the given rank.

The batch shape of a bijector decribes the set of distinct transformations it represents on events of a given size. For example: the bijector tfb.Scale([1., 2.]) has batch shape [2] for scalar events (event_ndims = 0), because applying it to a scalar event produces two scalar outputs, the result of two different scaling transformations. The same bijector has batch shape [] for vector events, because applying it to a vector produces (via elementwise multiplication) a single vector output.

Bijectors that operate independently on multiple state parts, such as tfb.JointMap, must broadcast to a coherent batch shape. Some events may not be valid: for example, the bijector tfd.JointMap([tfb.Scale([1., 2.]), tfb.Scale([1., 2., 3.])]) does not produce a valid batch shape when event_ndims = [0, 0], since the batch shapes of the two parts are inconsistent. The same bijector does define valid batch shapes of [], [2], and [3] if event_ndims is [1, 1], [0, 1], or [1, 0], respectively.

Since transforming a single event produces a scalar log-det-Jacobian, the batch shape of a bijector with non-constant Jacobian is expected to equal the shape of forward_log_det_jacobian(x, event_ndims=x_event_ndims) or inverse_log_det_jacobian(y, event_ndims=y_event_ndims), for x or y of the specified ndims.

Args
x_event_ndims Optional Python int (structure) number of dimensions in a probabilistic event passed to forward; this must be greater than or equal to self.forward_min_event_ndims. If None, defaults to self.forward_min_event_ndims. Mutually exclusive with y_event_ndims. Default value: None.
y_event_ndims Optional Python int (structure) number of dimensions in a probabilistic event passed to inverse; this must be greater than or equal to self.inverse_min_event_ndims. Mutually exclusive with x_event_ndims. Default value: None.

Returns
batch_shape TensorShape batch shape of this bijector for a value with the given event rank. May be unknown or partially defined.

experimental_batch_shape_tensor

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Returns the batch shape of this bijector for inputs of the given rank.

The batch shape of a bijector decribes the set of distinct transformations it represents on events of a given size. For example: the bijector tfb.Scale([1., 2.]) has batch shape [2] for scalar events (event_ndims = 0), because applying it to a scalar event produces two scalar outputs, the result of two different scaling transformations. The same bijector has batch shape [] for vector events, because applying it to a vector produces (via elementwise multiplication) a single vector output.

Bijectors that operate independently on multiple state parts, such as tfb.JointMap, must broadcast to a coherent batch shape. Some events may not be valid: for example, the bijector tfd.JointMap([tfb.Scale([1., 2.]), tfb.Scale([1., 2., 3.])]) does not produce a valid batch shape when event_ndims = [0, 0], since the batch shapes of the two parts are inconsistent. The same bijector does define valid batch shapes of [], [2], and [3] if event_ndims is [1, 1], [0, 1], or [1, 0], respectively.

Since transforming a single event produces a scalar log-det-Jacobian, the batch shape of a bijector with non-constant Jacobian is expected to equal the shape of forward_log_det_jacobian(x, event_ndims=x_event_ndims) or inverse_log_det_jacobian(y, event_ndims=y_event_ndims), for x or y of the specified ndims.

Args
x_event_ndims Optional Python int (structure) number of dimensions in a probabilistic event passed to forward; this must be greater than or equal to self.forward_min_event_ndims. If None, defaults to self.forward_min_event_ndims. Mutually exclusive with y_event_ndims. Default value: None.
y_event_ndims Optional Python int (structure) number of dimensions in a probabilistic event passed to inverse; this must be greater than or equal to self.inverse_min_event_ndims. Mutually exclusive with x_event_ndims. Default value: None.

Returns
batch_shape_tensor integer Tensor batch shape of this bijector for a value with the given event rank.

forward

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Returns the forward Bijector evaluation, i.e., X = g(Y).

Args
x Tensor (structure). The input to the 'forward' evaluation.
name The name to give this op.
**kwargs Named arguments forwarded to subclass implementation.

Returns
Tensor (structure).

Raises
TypeError if self.dtype is specified and x.dtype is not self.dtype.
NotImplementedError if _forward is not implemented.

forward_dtype

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Returns the dtype returned by forward for the provided input.

forward_event_ndims

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Returns the number of event dimensions produced by forward.

Args
event_ndims Structure of Python and/or Tensor ints, and/or None values. The structure should match that of self.forward_min_event_ndims, and all non-None values must be greater than or equal to the corresponding value in self.forward_min_event_ndims.
**kwargs Optional keyword arguments forwarded to nested bijectors.

Returns
forward_event_ndims Structure of integers and/or None values matching self.inverse_min_event_ndims. These are computed using 'prefer static' semantics: if any inputs are None, some or all of the outputs may be None, indicating that the output dimension could not be inferred (conversely, if all inputs are non-None, all outputs will be non-None). If all input event_ndims are Python ints, all of the (non-None) outputs will be Python ints; otherwise, some or all of the outputs may be Tensor ints.

forward_event_shape

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Shape of a single sample from a single batch as a TensorShape.

Same meaning as forward_event_shape_tensor. May be only partially defined.

Args
input_shape TensorShape (structure) indicating event-portion shape passed into forward function.

Returns
forward_event_shape_tensor TensorShape (structure) indicating event-portion shape after applying forward. Possibly unknown.

forward_event_shape_tensor

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Shape of a single sample from a single batch as an int32 1D Tensor.

Args
input_shape Tensor, int32 vector (structure) indicating event-portion shape passed into forward function.
name name to give to the op

Returns
forward_event_shape_tensor Tensor, int32 vector (structure) indicating event-portion shape after applying forward.

forward_log_det_jacobian

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Returns both the forward_log_det_jacobian.

Args
x Tensor (structure). The input to the 'forward' Jacobian determinant evaluation.
event_ndims Optional number of dimensions in the probabilistic events being transformed; this must be greater than or equal to self.forward_min_event_ndims. If event_ndims is specified, the log Jacobian determinant is summed to produce a scalar log-determinant for each event. Otherwise (if event_ndims is None), no reduction is performed. Multipart bijectors require structured event_ndims, such that the batch rank rank(y[i]) - event_ndims[i] is the same for all elements i of the structured input. In most cases (with the exception of tfb.JointMap) they further require that event_ndims[i] - self.inverse_min_event_ndims[i] is the same for all elements i of the structured input. Default value: None (equivalent to self.forward_min_event_ndims).
name The name to give this op.
**kwargs Named arguments forwarded to subclass implementation.

Returns
Tensor (structure), if this bijector is injective. If not injective this is not implemented.

Raises
TypeError if y's dtype is incompatible with the expected output dtype.
NotImplementedError if neither _forward_log_det_jacobian nor {_inverse, _inverse_log_det_jacobian} are implemented, or this is a non-injective bijector.
ValueError if the value of event_ndims is not valid for this bijector.

inverse

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Returns the inverse Bijector evaluation, i.e., X = g^{-1}(Y).

Args
y Tensor (structure). The input to the 'inverse' evaluation.
name The name to give this op.
**kwargs Named arguments forwarded to subclass implementation.

Returns
Tensor (structure), if this bijector is injective. If not injective, returns the k-tuple containing the unique k points (x1, ..., xk) such that g(xi) = y.

Raises
TypeError if y's structured dtype is incompatible with the expected output dtype.
NotImplementedError if _inverse is not implemented.

inverse_dtype

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Returns the dtype returned by inverse for the provided input.

inverse_event_ndims

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Returns the number of event dimensions produced by inverse.

Args
event_ndims Structure of Python and/or Tensor ints, and/or None values. The structure should match that of self.inverse_min_event_ndims, and all non-None values must be greater than or equal to the corresponding value in self.inverse_min_event_ndims.
**kwargs Optional keyword arguments forwarded to nested bijectors.

Returns
inverse_event_ndims Structure of integers and/or None values matching self.forward_min_event_ndims. These are computed using 'prefer static' semantics: if any inputs are None, some or all of the outputs may be None, indicating that the output dimension could not be inferred (conversely, if all inputs are non-None, all outputs will be non-None). If all input event_ndims are Python ints, all of the (non-None) outputs will be Python ints; otherwise, some or all of the outputs may be Tensor ints.

inverse_event_shape

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Shape of a single sample from a single batch as a TensorShape.

Same meaning as inverse_event_shape_tensor. May be only partially defined.

Args
output_shape TensorShape (structure) indicating event-portion shape passed into inverse function.

Returns
inverse_event_shape_tensor TensorShape (structure) indicating event-portion shape after applying inverse. Possibly unknown.

inverse_event_shape_tensor

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Shape of a single sample from a single batch as an int32 1D Tensor.

Args
output_shape Tensor, int32 vector (structure) indicating event-portion shape passed into inverse function.
name name to give to the op

Returns
inverse_event_shape_tensor Tensor, int32 vector (structure) indicating event-portion shape after applying inverse.

inverse_log_det_jacobian

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Returns the (log o det o Jacobian o inverse)(y).

Mathematically, returns: log(det(dX/dY))(Y). (Recall that: X=g^{-1}(Y).)

Note that forward_log_det_jacobian is the negative of this function, evaluated at g^{-1}(y).

Args
y Tensor (structure). The input to the 'inverse' Jacobian determinant evaluation.
event_ndims Optional number of dimensions in the probabilistic events being transformed; this must be greater than or equal to self.inverse_min_event_ndims. If event_ndims is specified, the log Jacobian determinant is summed to produce a scalar log-determinant for each event. Otherwise (if event_ndims is None), no reduction is performed. Multipart bijectors require structured event_ndims, such that the batch rank rank(y[i]) - event_ndims[i] is the same for all elements i of the structured input. In most cases (with the exception of tfb.JointMap) they further require that event_ndims[i] - self.inverse_min_event_ndims[i] is the same for all elements i of the structured input. Default value: None (equivalent to self.inverse_min_event_ndims).
name The name to give this op.
**kwargs Named arguments forwarded to subclass implementation.

Returns
ildj Tensor, if this bijector is injective. If not injective, returns the tuple of local log det Jacobians, log(det(Dg_i^{-1}(y))), where g_i is the restriction of g to the ith partition Di.

Raises
TypeError if x's dtype is incompatible with the expected inverse-dtype.
NotImplementedError if _inverse_log_det_jacobian is not implemented.
ValueError if the value of event_ndims is not valid for this bijector.

parameter_properties

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Returns a dict mapping constructor arg names to property annotations.

This dict should include an entry for each of the bijector's Tensor-valued constructor arguments.

Args
dtype Optional float dtype to assume for continuous-valued parameters. Some constraining bijectors require advance knowledge of the dtype because certain constants (e.g., tfb.Softplus.low) must be instantiated with the same dtype as the values to be transformed.

Returns
parameter_properties A str ->tfp.python.internal.parameter_properties.ParameterPropertiesdict mapping constructor argument names toParameterProperties` instances.

with_name_scope

Decorator to automatically enter the module name scope.

class MyModule(tf.Module):
  @tf.Module.with_name_scope
  def __call__(self, x):
    if not hasattr(self, 'w'):
      self.w = tf.Variable(tf.random.normal([x.shape[1], 3]))
    return tf.matmul(x, self.w)

Using the above module would produce tf.Variables and tf.Tensors whose names included the module name:

mod = MyModule()
mod(tf.ones([1, 2]))
<tf.Tensor: shape=(1, 3), dtype=float32, numpy=..., dtype=float32)>
mod.w
<tf.Variable 'my_module/Variable:0' shape=(2, 3) dtype=float32,
numpy=..., dtype=float32)>

Args
method The method to wrap.

Returns
The original method wrapped such that it enters the module's name scope.

__call__

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Applies or composes the Bijector, depending on input type.

This is a convenience function which applies the Bijector instance in three different ways, depending on the input:

  1. If the input is a tfd.Distribution instance, return tfd.TransformedDistribution(distribution=input, bijector=self).
  2. If the input is a tfb.Bijector instance, return tfb.Chain([self, input]).
  3. Otherwise, return self.forward(input)

Args
value A tfd.Distribution, tfb.Bijector, or a (structure of) Tensor.
name Python str name given to ops created by this function.
**kwargs Additional keyword arguments passed into the created tfd.TransformedDistribution, tfb.Bijector, or self.forward.

Returns
composition A tfd.TransformedDistribution if the input was a tfd.Distribution, a tfb.Chain if the input was a tfb.Bijector, or a (structure of) Tensor computed by self.forward.

Examples

sigmoid = tfb.Reciprocal()(
    tfb.Shift(shift=1.)(
      tfb.Exp()(
        tfb.Scale(scale=-1.))))
# ==> `tfb.Chain([
#         tfb.Reciprocal(),
#         tfb.Shift(shift=1.),
#         tfb.Exp(),
#         tfb.Scale(scale=-1.),
#      ])`  # ie, `tfb.Sigmoid()`

log_normal = tfb.Exp()(tfd.Normal(0, 1))
# ==> `tfd.TransformedDistribution(tfd.Normal(0, 1), tfb.Exp())`

tfb.Exp()([-1., 0., 1.])
# ==> tf.exp([-1., 0., 1.])

__eq__

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Return self==value.