tfp.distributions.JointDistribution

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Joint distribution over one or more component distributions.

Inherits From: Distribution

This distribution enables both sampling and joint probability computation from a single model specification.

A joint distribution is a collection of possibly interdependent distributions.

Subclass Requirements

Subclasses implement:

  • _flat_sample_distributions: returns two list-likes: the first being a sequence of Distribution-like instances the second being a sequence of Tensor samples, each one drawn from its corresponding Distribution-like instance. The optional value argument is either None or a list-like with the same len as either of the results.

  • _model_flatten: takes a structured input and returns a sequence.

  • _model_unflatten: takes a sequence and returns a structure matching the semantics of the JointDistribution subclass.

Subclasses initialize:

  • _single_sample_distributions: an empty dictionary, which will hold a mapping from graph id to a prototypical list of component distributions sampled from the model.

dtype The type of the event samples. None implies no type-enforcement.
reparameterization_type Instance of ReparameterizationType. If tfd.FULLY_REPARAMETERIZED, then samples from the distribution are fully reparameterized, and straight-through gradients are supported. If tfd.NOT_REPARAMETERIZED, then samples from the distribution are not fully reparameterized, and straight-through gradients are either partially unsupported or are not supported at all.
validate_args Python bool, default False. When True distribution parameters are checked for validity despite possibly degrading runtime performance. When False invalid inputs may silently render incorrect outputs.
allow_nan_stats Python bool, default True. When True, statistics (e.g., mean, mode, variance) use the value "NaN" to indicate the result is undefined. When False, an exception is raised if one or more of the statistic's batch members are undefined.
parameters Python dict of parameters used to instantiate this Distribution.
graph_parents Python list of graph prerequisites of this Distribution.
name Python str name prefixed to Ops created by this class. Default: subclass name.

ValueError if any member of graph_parents is None or not a Tensor.

allow_nan_stats Python bool describing behavior when a stat is undefined.

Stats return +/- infinity when it makes sense. E.g., the variance of a Cauchy distribution is infinity. However, sometimes the statistic is undefined, e.g., if a distribution's pdf does not achieve a maximum within the support of the distribution, the mode is undefined. If the mean is undefined, then by definition the variance is undefined. E.g. the mean for Student's T for df = 1 is undefined (no clear way to say it is either + or - infinity), so the variance = E[(X - mean)**2] is also undefined.

batch_shape Shape of a single sample from a single event index as a TensorShape.

May be partially defined or unknown.

The batch dimensions are indexes into independent, non-identical parameterizations of this distribution.

dtype The DType of Tensors handled by this Distribution.
event_shape Shape of a single sample from a single batch as a TensorShape.

May be partially defined or unknown.

name Name prepended to all ops created by this Distribution.
name_scope Returns a tf.name_scope instance for this class.
parameters Dictionary of parameters used to instantiate this Distribution.
reparameterization_type Describes how samples from the distribution are reparameterized.

Currently this is one of the static instances tfd.FULLY_REPARAMETERIZED or tfd.NOT_REPARAMETERIZED.

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 Python bool indicating possibly expensive checks are enabled.
variables Sequence of variables owned by this module and its submodules.

Methods

batch_shape_tensor

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Shape of a single sample from a single event index as a 1-D Tensor.

The batch dimensions are indexes into independent, non-identical parameterizations of this distribution.

Args
sample_shape The sample shape under which to evaluate the joint distribution. Sample shape at root (toplevel) nodes may affect the batch or event shapes of child nodes.
name name to give to the op

Returns
batch_shape Tensor representing batch shape of each distribution in model.

cdf

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Cumulative distribution function.

Given random variable X, the cumulative distribution function cdf is:

cdf(x) := P[X <= x]

Args
value float or double Tensor.
name Python str prepended to names of ops created by this function.
**kwargs Named arguments forwarded to subclass implementation.

Returns
cdf a Tensor of shape sample_shape(x) + self.batch_shape with values of type self.dtype.

copy

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Creates a deep copy of the distribution.

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

Returns
distribution 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).

covariance

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Covariance.

Covariance is (possibly) defined only for non-scalar-event distributions.

For example, for a length-k, vector-valued distribution, it is calculated as,

Cov[i, j] = Covariance(X_i, X_j) = E[(X_i - E[X_i]) (X_j - E[X_j])]

where Cov is a (batch of) k x k matrix, 0 <= (i, j) < k, and E denotes expectation.

Alternatively, for non-vector, multivariate distributions (e.g., matrix-valued, Wishart), Covariance shall return a (batch of) matrices under some vectorization of the events, i.e.,

Cov[i, j] = Covariance(Vec(X)_i, Vec(X)_j) = [as above]

where Cov is a (batch of) k' x k' matrices, 0 <= (i, j) < k' = reduce_prod(event_shape), and Vec is some function mapping indices of this distribution's event dimensions to indices of a length-k' vector.

Args
name Python str prepended to names of ops created by this function.
**kwargs Named arguments forwarded to subclass implementation.

Returns
covariance Floating-point Tensor with shape [B1, ..., Bn, k', k'] where the first n dimensions are batch coordinates and k' = reduce_prod(self.event_shape).

cross_entropy

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Computes the (Shannon) cross entropy.

Denote this distribution (self) by P and the other distribution by Q. Assuming P, Q are absolutely continuous with respect to one another and permit densities p(x) dr(x) and q(x) dr(x), (Shannon) cross entropy is defined as:

H[P, Q] = E_p[-log q(X)] = -int_F p(x) log q(x) dr(x)

where F denotes the support of the random variable X ~ P.

Args
other tfp.distributions.Distribution instance.
name Python str prepended to names of ops created by this function.

Returns
cross_entropy self.dtype Tensor with shape [B1, ..., Bn] representing n different calculations of (Shannon) cross entropy.

entropy

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Shannon entropy in nats.

event_shape_tensor

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

Args
sample_shape The sample shape under which to evaluate the joint distribution. Sample shape at root (toplevel) nodes may affect the batch or event shapes of child nodes.
name name to give to the op

Returns
event_shape tuple of Tensors representing the event_shape for each distribution in model.

is_scalar_batch

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Indicates that batch_shape == [].

Args
name Python str prepended to names of ops created by this function.

Returns
is_scalar_batch bool scalar Tensor for each distribution in model.

is_scalar_event

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Indicates that event_shape == [].

Args
name Python str prepended to names of ops created by this function.

Returns
is_scalar_event bool scalar Tensor for each distribution in model.

kl_divergence

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Computes the Kullback--Leibler divergence.

Denote this distribution (self) by p and the other distribution by q. Assuming p, q are absolutely continuous with respect to reference measure r, the KL divergence is defined as:

KL[p, q] = E_p[log(p(X)/q(X))]
         = -int_F p(x) log q(x) dr(x) + int_F p(x) log p(x) dr(x)
         = H[p, q] - H[p]

where F denotes the support of the random variable X ~ p, H[., .] denotes (Shannon) cross entropy, and H[.] denotes (Shannon) entropy.

Args
other tfp.distributions.Distribution instance.
name Python str prepended to names of ops created by this function.

Returns
kl_divergence self.dtype Tensor with shape [B1, ..., Bn] representing n different calculations of the Kullback-Leibler divergence.

log_cdf

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Log cumulative distribution function.

Given random variable X, the cumulative distribution function cdf is:

log_cdf(x) := Log[ P[X <= x] ]

Often, a numerical approximation can be used for log_cdf(x) that yields a more accurate answer than simply taking the logarithm of the cdf when x << -1.

Args
value float or double Tensor.
name Python str prepended to names of ops created by this function.
**kwargs Named arguments forwarded to subclass implementation.

Returns
logcdf a Tensor of shape sample_shape(x) + self.batch_shape with values of type self.dtype.

log_prob

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Log probability density/mass function.

The measure methods of `JointDistribution` (`log_prob`, `prob`, etc.)
can be called either by passing a single structure of tensors or by using
named args for each part of the joint distribution state. For example,
jd = tfd.JointDistributionSequential([
    tfd.Normal(0., 1.),
    lambda z: tfd.Normal(z, 1.)
], validate_args=True)
jd.dtype
# ==> [tf.float32, tf.float32]
z, x = sample = jd.sample()
# The following calling styles are all permissable and produce the exactly
# the same output.
assert (jd.log_prob(sample) ==
        jd.log_prob(value=sample) ==
        jd.log_prob(z, x) ==
        jd.log_prob(z=z, x=x) ==
        jd.log_prob(z, x=x))

# These calling possibilities also imply that one can also use `*`
# expansion, if `sample` is a sequence:
jd.log_prob(*sample)
# and similarly, if `sample` is a map, one can use `**` expansion:
jd.log_prob(**sample)
`JointDistribution` component distributions names are resolved via
`jd._flat_resolve_names()`, which is implemented by each `JointDistribution`
subclass (see subclass documentation for details). Generally, for components
where a name was provided---
either explicitly as the `name` argument to a distribution or as a key in a
dict-valued JointDistribution, or implicitly, e.g., by the argument name of
a `JointDistributionSequential` distribution-making function---the provided
name will be used. Otherwise the component will receive a dummy name; these
may change without warning and should not be relied upon.

Note: not all `JointDistribution` subclasses support all calling styles;
for example, `JointDistributionNamed` does not support positional arguments
(aka "unnamed arguments") unless the provided model specifies an ordering of
variables (i.e., is an `collections.OrderedDict` or `collections.namedtuple`
rather than a plain `dict`).

Note: care is taken to resolve any potential ambiguity---this is generally
possible by inspecting the structure of the provided argument and "aligning"
it to the joint distribution output structure (defined by `jd.dtype`). For
example,
trivial_jd = tfd.JointDistributionSequential([tfd.Exponential(1.)])
trivial_jd.dtype  # => [tf.float32]
trivial_jd.log_prob([4.])
# ==> Tensor with shape `[]`.
lp = trivial_jd.log_prob(4.)
# ==> Tensor with shape `[]`.
Notice that in the first call, `[4.]` is interpreted as a list of one
scalar while in the second call the input is a scalar. Hence both inputs
result in identical scalar outputs. If we wanted to pass an explicit
vector to the `Exponential` component---creating a vector-shaped batch
of `log_prob`s---we could instead write
`trivial_jd.log_prob(np.array([4]))`.

Args:
  *args: Positional arguments: a `value` structure or component values
    (see above).
  **kwargs: Keyword arguments: a `value` structure or component values
    (see above). May also include `name`, specifying a Python string name
    for ops generated by this method.

Returns
log_prob a Tensor of shape sample_shape(x) + self.batch_shape with values of type self.dtype.

log_prob_parts

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Log probability density/mass function.

Args
value list of Tensors in distribution_fn order for which we compute the log_prob_parts and to parameterize other ("downstream") distributions.
name name prepended to ops created by this function. Default value: "log_prob_parts".

Returns
log_prob_parts a tuple of Tensors representing the log_prob for each distribution_fn evaluated at each corresponding value.

log_survival_function

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Log survival function.

Given random variable X, the survival function is defined:

log_survival_function(x) = Log[ P[X > x] ]
                         = Log[ 1 - P[X <= x] ]
                         = Log[ 1 - cdf(x) ]

Typically, different numerical approximations can be used for the log survival function, which are more accurate than 1 - cdf(x) when x >> 1.

Args
value float or double Tensor.
name Python str prepended to names of ops created by this function.
**kwargs Named arguments forwarded to subclass implementation.

Returns
Tensor of shape sample_shape(x) + self.batch_shape with values of type self.dtype.

mean

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Mean.

mode

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Mode.

param_shapes

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Shapes of parameters given the desired shape of a call to sample().

This is a class method that describes what key/value arguments are required to instantiate the given Distribution so that a particular shape is returned for that instance's call to sample().

Subclasses should override class method _param_shapes.

Args
sample_shape Tensor or python list/tuple. Desired shape of a call to sample().
name name to prepend ops with.

Returns
dict of parameter name to Tensor shapes.

param_static_shapes

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param_shapes with static (i.e. TensorShape) shapes.

This is a class method that describes what key/value arguments are required to instantiate the given Distribution so that a particular shape is returned for that instance's call to sample(). Assumes that the sample's shape is known statically.

Subclasses should override class method _param_shapes to return constant-valued tensors when constant values are fed.

Args
sample_shape TensorShape or python list/tuple. Desired shape of a call to sample().

Returns
dict of parameter name to TensorShape.

Raises
ValueError if sample_shape is a TensorShape and is not fully defined.

prob

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Probability density/mass function.

The measure methods of `JointDistribution` (`log_prob`, `prob`, etc.)
can be called either by passing a single structure of tensors or by using
named args for each part of the joint distribution state. For example,
jd = tfd.JointDistributionSequential([
    tfd.Normal(0., 1.),
    lambda z: tfd.Normal(z, 1.)
], validate_args=True)
jd.dtype
# ==> [tf.float32, tf.float32]
z, x = sample = jd.sample()
# The following calling styles are all permissable and produce the exactly
# the same output.
assert (jd.prob(sample) ==
        jd.prob(value=sample) ==
        jd.prob(z, x) ==
        jd.prob(z=z, x=x) ==
        jd.prob(z, x=x))

# These calling possibilities also imply that one can also use `*`
# expansion, if `sample` is a sequence:
jd.prob(*sample)
# and similarly, if `sample` is a map, one can use `**` expansion:
jd.prob(**sample)
`JointDistribution` component distributions names are resolved via
`jd._flat_resolve_names()`, which is implemented by each `JointDistribution`
subclass (see subclass documentation for details). Generally, for components
where a name was provided---
either explicitly as the `name` argument to a distribution or as a key in a
dict-valued JointDistribution, or implicitly, e.g., by the argument name of
a `JointDistributionSequential` distribution-making function---the provided
name will be used. Otherwise the component will receive a dummy name; these
may change without warning and should not be relied upon.

Note: not all `JointDistribution` subclasses support all calling styles;
for example, `JointDistributionNamed` does not support positional arguments
(aka "unnamed arguments") unless the provided model specifies an ordering of
variables (i.e., is an `collections.OrderedDict` or `collections.namedtuple`
rather than a plain `dict`).

Note: care is taken to resolve any potential ambiguity---this is generally
possible by inspecting the structure of the provided argument and "aligning"
it to the joint distribution output structure (defined by `jd.dtype`). For
example,
trivial_jd = tfd.JointDistributionSequential([tfd.Exponential(1.)])
trivial_jd.dtype  # => [tf.float32]
trivial_jd.prob([4.])
# ==> Tensor with shape `[]`.
prob = trivial_jd.prob(4.)
# ==> Tensor with shape `[]`.
Notice that in the first call, `[4.]` is interpreted as a list of one
scalar while in the second call the input is a scalar. Hence both inputs
result in identical scalar outputs. If we wanted to pass an explicit
vector to the `Exponential` component---creating a vector-shaped batch
of `prob`s---we could instead write
`trivial_jd.prob(np.array([4]))`.

Args:
  *args: Positional arguments: a `value` structure or component values
    (see above).
  **kwargs: Keyword arguments: a `value` structure or component values
    (see above). May also include `name`, specifying a Python string name
    for ops generated by this method.

Returns
prob a Tensor of shape sample_shape(x) + self.batch_shape with values of type self.dtype.

prob_parts

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Log probability density/mass function.

Args
value list of Tensors in distribution_fn order for which we compute the prob_parts and to parameterize other ("downstream") distributions.
name name prepended to ops created by this function. Default value: "prob_parts".

Returns
prob_parts a tuple of Tensors representing the prob for each distribution_fn evaluated at each corresponding value.

quantile

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Quantile function. Aka 'inverse cdf' or 'percent point function'.

Given random variable X and p in [0, 1], the quantile is:

quantile(p) := x such that P[X <= x] == p

Args
value float or double Tensor.
name Python str prepended to names of ops created by this function.
**kwargs Named arguments forwarded to subclass implementation.

Returns
quantile a Tensor of shape sample_shape(x) + self.batch_shape with values of type self.dtype.

sample

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Generate samples of the specified shape.

Note that a call to sample() without arguments will generate a single sample.

Args
sample_shape 0D or 1D int32 Tensor. Shape of the generated samples.
seed Python integer or tfp.util.SeedStream instance, for seeding PRNG.
name name to give to the op.
**kwargs Named arguments forwarded to subclass implementation.

Returns
samples a Tensor with prepended dimensions sample_shape.

sample_distributions

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Generate samples and the (random) distributions.

Note that a call to sample() without arguments will generate a single sample.

Args
sample_shape 0D or 1D int32 Tensor. Shape of the generated samples.
seed Python integer seed for generating random numbers.
value list of Tensors in distribution_fn order to use to parameterize other ("downstream") distribution makers. Default value: None (i.e., draw a sample from each distribution).
name name prepended to ops created by this function. Default value: "sample_distributions".
**kwargs This is an alternative to passing a value, and achieves the same effect. Named arguments will be used to parameterize other dependent ("downstream") distribution-making functions. If a value argument is also provided, raises a ValueError.

Returns
distributions a tuple of Distribution instances for each of distribution_fn.
samples a tuple of Tensors with prepended dimensions sample_shape for each of distribution_fn.

stddev

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Standard deviation.

Standard deviation is defined as,

stddev = E[(X - E[X])**2]**0.5

where X is the random variable associated with this distribution, E denotes expectation, and stddev.shape = batch_shape + event_shape.

Args
name Python str prepended to names of ops created by this function.
**kwargs Named arguments forwarded to subclass implementation.

Returns
stddev Floating-point Tensor with shape identical to batch_shape + event_shape, i.e., the same shape as self.mean().

survival_function

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Survival function.

Given random variable X, the survival function is defined:

survival_function(x) = P[X > x]
                     = 1 - P[X <= x]
                     = 1 - cdf(x).

Args
value float or double Tensor.
name Python str prepended to names of ops created by this function.
**kwargs Named arguments forwarded to subclass implementation.

Returns
Tensor of shape sample_shape(x) + self.batch_shape with values of type self.dtype.

variance

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Variance.

Variance is defined as,

Var = E[(X - E[X])**2]

where X is the random variable associated with this distribution, E denotes expectation, and Var.shape = batch_shape + event_shape.

Args
name Python str prepended to names of ops created by this function.
**kwargs Named arguments forwarded to subclass implementation.

Returns
variance Floating-point Tensor with shape identical to batch_shape + event_shape, i.e., the same shape as self.mean().

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.

__getitem__

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Slices the batch axes of this distribution, returning a new instance.

b = tfd.Bernoulli(logits=tf.zeros([3, 5, 7, 9]))
b.batch_shape  # => [3, 5, 7, 9]
b2 = b[:, tf.newaxis, ..., -2:, 1::2]
b2.batch_shape  # => [3, 1, 5, 2, 4]

x = tf.random.normal([5, 3, 2, 2])
cov = tf.matmul(x, x, transpose_b=True)
chol = tf.cholesky(cov)
loc = tf.random.normal([4, 1, 3, 1])
mvn = tfd.MultivariateNormalTriL(loc, chol)
mvn.batch_shape  # => [4, 5, 3]
mvn.event_shape  # => [2]
mvn2 = mvn[:, 3:, ..., ::-1, tf.newaxis]
mvn2.batch_shape  # => [4, 2, 3, 1]
mvn2.event_shape  # => [2]

Args
slices slices from the [] operator

Returns
dist A new tfd.Distribution instance with sliced parameters.

__iter__

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