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# tfp.distributions.JointDistributionCoroutine

Joint distribution parameterized by a distribution-making generator.

Inherits From: JointDistribution, 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. The JointDistributionCoroutine is specified by a generator that generates the elements of this collection.

#### Mathematical Details

The JointDistributionCoroutine implements the chain rule of probability. That is, the probability function of a length-d vector x is,

p(x) = prod{ p(x[i] | x[:i]) : i = 0, ..., (d - 1) }

The JointDistributionCoroutine is parameterized by a generator that yields tfp.distributions.Distribution-like instances.

Each element yielded implements the i-th full conditional distribution, p(x[i] | x[:i]). Within the generator, the return value from the yield is a sample from the distribution that may be used to construct subsequent yielded Distribution-like instances. This allows later instances to be conditional on earlier ones.

Name resolution: The names of JointDistributionCoroutine components may be specified by passing name arguments to distribution constructors ( `tfd.Normal(0., 1., name='x')). Components without an explicit name will be assigned a dummy name.

#### Vectorized sampling and model evaluation

When a joint distribution's sample method is called with a sample_shape (or the log_prob method is called on an input with multiple sample dimensions) the model must be equipped to handle additional batch dimensions. This may be done manually, or automatically by passing use_vectorized_map=True. Manual vectorization has historically been the default, but we now recommend that most users enable automatic vectorization unless they are affected by a specific issue; some known issues are listed below.

When using manually-vectorized joint distributions, each operation in the model must account for the possibility of batch dimensions in Distributions and their samples. By contrast, auto-vectorized models need only describe a single sample from the joint distribution; any batch evaluation is automated as required using tf.vectorized_map (vmap in JAX). In many cases this allows for significant simplications. For example, the following manually-vectorized tfd.JointDistributionCoroutine model:

def model_fn():
x = yield tfd.JointDistributionCoroutine.Root(
tfd.Normal(0., tf.ones([3])))
y = yield tfd.JointDistributionCoroutine.Root(
tfd.Normal(0., 1.))
z = yield tfd.Normal(x[..., :2] + y[..., tf.newaxis], 1.)

can be written in auto-vectorized form as

```python
def model_fn():
x = yield tfd.Normal(0., tf.ones([3]))
y = yield tfd.Normal(0., 1.)
z = yield tfd.Normal(x[:2] + y, 1.)

in which we were able to drop the specification of Root nodes and to avoid explicitly accounting for batch dimensions when indexing and slicing computed quantities in the third line.

Root annotations: When the sample method for a manually-vectorized JointDistributionCoroutine is called with a sample_shape, the sample method for each of the yielded distributions is called. The distributions that have been wrapped in the JointDistributionCoroutine.Root class will be called with sample_shape as the sample_shape argument, and the unwrapped distributions will be called with () as the sample_shape argument. It is the user's responsibility to ensure that each of the distributions generates samples with the specified sample size; generally this means applying Root wrappers around any distributions whose parameters are not already a function of other random variables. The Root annotation can be omitted if you never intend to use a sample_shape other than ().

Known limitations of automatic vectorization:

• A small fraction of TensorFlow ops are unsupported; models that use an unsupported op will raise an error and must be manually vectorized.
• Sampling large batches may be slow under automatic vectorization because TensorFlow's stateless samplers are currently converted using a non-vectorized while_loop. This limitation applies only in TensorFlow; vectorized samplers in JAX should be approximately as fast as manually vectorized code.
• Calling sample_distributions with nontrivial sample_shape will raise an error if the model contains any distributions that are not registered as CompositeTensors (TFP's basic distributions are usually fine, but support for wrapper distributions like tfd.Sample is a work in progress).

#### Batch semantics and (log-)densities

tl;dr: pass batch_ndims=0 unless you have a good reason not to.

Joint distributions now support 'auto-batching' semantics, in which the distribution's batch shape is derived by broadcasting the leftmost batch_ndims dimensions of its components' batch shapes. All remaining dimensions are considered to form a single 'event' of the joint distribution. If batch_ndims==0, then the joint distribution has batch shape [], and all component dimensions are treated as event shape. For example, the model

def model_fn():
x = yield tfd.Normal(0., tf.ones([3]))
y = yield tfd.Normal(x[..., tf.newaxis], tf.ones([3, 2]))
jd = tfd.JointDistributionCoroutine(model_fn, batch_ndims=0)

creates a joint distribution with batch shape [] and event shape ([3], [3, 2]). The log-density of a sample always has shape batch_shape, so this guarantees that jd.log_prob(jd.sample()) will evaluate to a scalar value. We could alternately construct a joint distribution with batch shape [3] and event shape ([], [2]) by setting batch_ndims=1, in which case jd.log_prob(jd.sample()) would evaluate to a value of shape [3].

Setting batch_ndims=None recovers the 'classic' batch semantics (currently still the default for backwards-compatibility reasons), in which the joint distribution's log_prob is computed by naively summing log densities from the component distributions. Since these component densities have shapes equal to the batch shapes of the individual components, to avoid broadcasting errors it is usually necessary to construct the components with identical batch shapes. For example, the component distributions in the model above have batch shapes of [3] and [3, 2] respectively, which would raise an error if summed directly, but can be aligned by wrapping with tfd.Independent, as in this model:

def model_fn():
x = yield tfd.Normal(0., tf.ones([3]))
y = yield tfd.Independent(tfd.Normal(x[..., tf.newaxis], tf.ones([3, 2])),
reinterpreted_batch_ndims=1)
jd = tfd.JointDistributionCoroutine(model_fn, batch_ndims=None)

Here the components both have batch shape [3], so jd.log_prob(jd.sample()) returns a value of shape [3], just as in the batch_ndims=1 case above. In fact, auto-batching semantics are equivalent to implicitly wrapping each component dist as tfd.Independent(dist, reinterpreted_batch_ndim=(dist.batch_shape.ndims - jd.batch_ndims)); the only vestigial difference is that under auto-batching semantics, the joint distribution has a single batch shape [3], while under the classic semantics the value of jd.batch_shape is a structure of the component batch shapes ([3], [3]). Such structured batch shapes will be deprecated in the future, since they are inconsistent with the definition of batch shapes used elsewhere in TFP.

#### Examples

tfd = tfp.distributions
def model():
global_log_rate = yield tfd.Normal(loc=0., scale=1.)
local_log_rates = yield tfd.Normal(loc=0., scale=tf.ones([20]))
observed_counts = yield tfd.Poisson(
rate=tf.exp(global_log_rate + local_log_rates))
joint = tfd.JointDistributionCoroutine(model,
use_vectorized_map=True,
batch_ndims=0)

print(joint.event_shape)
# ==> [[], [20], [20]]
print(joint.batch_shape)
# ==> []
xs = joint.sample()
print([x.shape for x in xs])
# ==> [[], [20], [20]]
lp = joint.log_prob(xs)
print(lp.shape)
# ==> []

Note that the component distributions of this model would, by themselves, return batches of log-densities (because they are constructed with batch shape); the joint model implicitly sums over these to compute the single joint log-density.

ds, xs = joint.sample_distributions()
print([d.event_shape for d in ds])
# ==> [[], [], []] != model.event_shape
print([d.batch_shape for d in ds])
# ==> [[], [20], [20]] != model.batch_shape
print([d.log_prob(x).shape for (d, x) in zip(ds, xs)])
# ==> [[], [20], [20]]

For improved readability of sampled values, the yielded distributions can also be named:

tfd = tfp.distributions
def model():
global_log_rate = yield tfd.Normal(
loc=0., scale=1., name='global_log_rate')
local_log_rates = yield tfd.Normal(
loc=0., scale=tf.ones([20]), name='local_log_rates')
observed_counts = yield tfd.Poisson(
rate=tf.exp(global_log_rate + local_log_rates), name='observed_counts')
joint = tfd.JointDistributionCoroutine(model,
use_vectorized_map=True,
batch_ndims=0)

print(joint.event_shape)
# ==> StructTuple(global_log_rate=[], local_log_rates=[20],
#      observed_counts=[20])
print(joint.batch_shape)
# ==> []
xs = joint.sample()
print(['{}: {}'.format(k, x.shape) for k, x in xs._asdict().items()])
# ==> global_log_scale: []
#     local_log_rates: [20]
#     observed_counts: [20]
lp = joint.log_prob(xs)
print(lp.shape)
# ==> []

# Passing via `kwargs` also works.
lp = joint.log_prob(**xs._asdict())
# Or:
lp = joint.log_prob(
global_log_scale=...,
local_log_rates=...,
observed_counts=...,
)

If any of the yielded distributions are not explicitly named, they will automatically be given a name of the form var# where # is the index of the associated distribution. E.g. the first yielded distribution will have a default name of var0.

#### References

[1] Dan Piponi, Dave Moore, and Joshua V. Dillon. Joint distributions for TensorFlow Probability. arXiv preprint arXiv:2001.11819_, 2020. https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.11819

model A generator that yields a sequence of tfd.Distribution-like instances.
sample_dtype Samples from this distribution will be structured like tf.nest.pack_sequence_as(sample_dtype, list_). sample_dtype is only used for tf.nest.pack_sequence_as structuring of outputs, never casting (which is the responsibility of the component distributions). Default value: None (i.e. namedtuple).
batch_ndims int Tensor number of batch dimensions. The batch_shapes of all component distributions must be such that the prefixes of length batch_ndims broadcast to a consistent joint batch shape. Default value: None.
use_vectorized_map Python bool. Whether to use tf.vectorized_map to automatically vectorize evaluation of the model. This allows the model specification to focus on drawing a single sample, which is often simpler, but some ops may not be supported. Default value: False.
validate_args Python bool. Whether to validate input with asserts. If validate_args is False, and the inputs are invalid, correct behavior is not guaranteed. Default value: False.
experimental_use_kahan_sum Python bool. When True, we use Kahan summation to aggregate independent underlying log_prob values, which improves against the precision of a naive float32 sum. This can be noticeable in particular for large dimensions in float32. See CPU caveat on tfp.math.reduce_kahan_sum. This argument has no effect if batch_ndims is None. Default value: False.
name The name for ops managed by the distribution. Default value: None (i.e., JointDistributionCoroutine).

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_ndims

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.

experimental_shard_axis_names Indicates whether part distributions have active shard axis names.
model

name Name prepended to all ops created by this Distribution.
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 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.

use_vectorized_map

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

class Root

## 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
name name to give to the op

Returns
batch_shape Tensor.

### 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
name name to give to the op

Returns
event_shape Tensor.

### experimental_default_event_space_bijector

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Bijector mapping the reals (R**n) to the event space of the distribution.

Distributions with continuous support may implement _default_event_space_bijector which returns a subclass of tfp.bijectors.Bijector that maps R**n to the distribution's event space. For example, the default bijector for the Beta distribution is tfp.bijectors.Sigmoid(), which maps the real line to [0, 1], the support of the Beta distribution. The default bijector for the CholeskyLKJ distribution is tfp.bijectors.CorrelationCholesky, which maps R^(k * (k-1) // 2) to the submanifold of k x k lower triangular matrices with ones along the diagonal.

The purpose of experimental_default_event_space_bijector is to enable gradient descent in an unconstrained space for Variational Inference and Hamiltonian Monte Carlo methods. Some effort has been made to choose bijectors such that the tails of the distribution in the unconstrained space are between Gaussian and Exponential.

For distributions with discrete event space, or for which TFP currently lacks a suitable bijector, this function returns None.

Args
*args Passed to implementation _default_event_space_bijector.
**kwargs Passed to implementation _default_event_space_bijector.

Returns
event_space_bijector Bijector instance or None.

### experimental_fit

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Instantiates a distribution that maximizes the likelihood of x.

Args
value a Tensor valid sample from this distribution family.
sample_ndims Positive int Tensor number of leftmost dimensions of value that index i.i.d. samples. Default value: 1.
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. Default value: False.
**init_kwargs Additional keyword arguments passed through to cls.__init__. These take precedence in case of collision with the fitted parameters; for example, tfd.Normal.experimental_fit([1., 1.], scale=20.) returns a Normal distribution with scale=20. rather than the maximum likelihood parameter scale=0..

Returns
maximum_likelihood_instance instance of cls with parameters that maximize the likelihood of value.

### experimental_local_measure

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Returns a log probability density together with a TangentSpace.

A TangentSpace allows us to calculate the correct push-forward density when we apply a transformation to a Distribution on a strict submanifold of R^n (typically via a Bijector in the TransformedDistribution subclass). The density correction uses the basis of the tangent space.

Args
value float or double Tensor.
backward_compat bool specifying whether to fall back to returning FullSpace as the tangent space, and representing R^n with the standard basis.
**kwargs Named arguments forwarded to subclass implementation.

Returns
log_prob a Tensor representing the log probability density, of shape sample_shape(x) + self.batch_shape with values of type self.dtype.
tangent_space a TangentSpace object (by default FullSpace) representing the tangent space to the manifold at value.

Raises
UnspecifiedTangentSpaceError if backward_compat is False and the _experimental_tangent_space attribute has not been defined.

### experimental_pin

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Pins some parts, returning an unnormalized distribution object.

The calling convention is much like other JointDistribution methods (e.g. log_prob), but with the difference that not all parts are required. In this respect, the behavior is similar to that of the sample function's value argument.

### Examples:

# Given the following joint distribution:
jd = tfd.JointDistributionSequential([
tfd.Normal(0., 1., name='z'),
tfd.Normal(0., 1., name='y'),
lambda y, z: tfd.Normal(y + z, 1., name='x')
], validate_args=True)

# The following calls are all permissible and produce
# `JointDistributionPinned` objects behaving identically.
PartialXY = collections.namedtuple('PartialXY', 'x,y')
PartialX = collections.namedtuple('PartialX', 'x')
assert (jd.experimental_pin(x=2.).pins ==
jd.experimental_pin(x=2., z=None).pins ==
jd.experimental_pin(dict(x=2.)).pins ==
jd.experimental_pin(dict(x=2., y=None)).pins ==
jd.experimental_pin(PartialXY(x=2., y=None)).pins ==
jd.experimental_pin(PartialX(x=2.)).pins ==
jd.experimental_pin(None, None, 2.).pins ==
jd.experimental_pin([None, None, 2.]).pins)

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
pinned a tfp.experimental.distributions.JointDistributionPinned with the given values pinned.

### experimental_sample_and_log_prob

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Samples from this distribution and returns the log density of the sample.

The default implementation simply calls sample and log_prob:

def _sample_and_log_prob(self, sample_shape, seed, **kwargs):
x = self.sample(sample_shape=sample_shape, seed=seed, **kwargs)
return x, self.log_prob(x, **kwargs)

However, some subclasses may provide more efficient and/or numerically stable implementations.

Args
sample_shape integer Tensor desired shape of samples to draw. Default value: ().
seed PRNG seed; see tfp.random.sanitize_seed for details. Default value: None.
name name to give to the op. Default value: 'sample_and_log_prob'.
**kwargs Named arguments forwarded to subclass implementation.

Returns
samples a Tensor, or structure of Tensors, with prepended dimensions sample_shape.
log_prob a Tensor of shape sample_shape(x) + self.batch_shape with values of type self.dtype.

### 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.

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_probs---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.

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Mean.

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Mode.

### param_shapes

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

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. (deprecated)

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.

### 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 distribution's Tensor-valued constructor arguments.

Distribution subclasses are not required to implement _parameter_properties, so this method may raise NotImplementedError. Providing a _parameter_properties implementation enables several advanced features, including:

• Distribution batch slicing (sliced_distribution = distribution[i:j]).
• Automatic inference of _batch_shape and _batch_shape_tensor, which must otherwise be computed explicitly.
• Automatic instantiation of the distribution within TFP's internal property tests.
• Automatic construction of 'trainable' instances of the distribution using appropriate bijectors to avoid violating parameter constraints. This enables the distribution family to be used easily as a surrogate posterior in variational inference.

In the future, parameter property annotations may enable additional functionality; for example, returning Distribution instances from tf.vectorized_map.

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.
num_classes Optional int Tensor number of classes to assume when inferring the shape of parameters for categorical-like distributions. Otherwise ignored.

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

Raises
NotImplementedError if the distribution class does not implement _parameter_properties.

### 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.

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 probs---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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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.

Additional documentation from JointDistribution:

##### kwargs:
• value: Tensors structured like type(model) used to parameterize other dependent ("downstream") distribution-making functions. Using None for any element will trigger a sample from the corresponding distribution. Default value: None (i.e., draw a sample from each distribution).

Args
sample_shape 0D or 1D int32 Tensor. Shape of the generated samples.
seed PRNG seed; see tfp.random.sanitize_seed for details.
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 PRNG seed; see tfp.random.sanitize_seed for details.
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.

### unnormalized_log_prob

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Unnormalized 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.unnormalized_log_prob(sample) ==
jd.unnormalized_log_prob(value=sample) ==
jd.unnormalized_log_prob(z, x) ==
jd.unnormalized_log_prob(z=z, x=x) ==
jd.unnormalized_log_prob(z, x=x))

# These calling possibilities also imply that one can also use `*`
# expansion, if `sample` is a sequence:
jd.unnormalized_log_prob(*sample)
# and similarly, if `sample` is a map, one can use `**` expansion:
jd.unnormalized_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.

trivial_jd = tfd.JointDistributionSequential([tfd.Exponential(1.)])
trivial_jd.dtype  # => [tf.float32]
trivial_jd.unnormalized_log_prob([4.])
# ==> Tensor with shape `[]`.
lp = trivial_jd.unnormalized_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 unnormalized_log_probs---we could instead write trivial_jd.unnormalized_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.

### unnormalized_log_prob_parts

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Unnormalized log probability density/mass function.

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

Returns
unnormalized_log_prob_parts a tuple of Tensors representing the unnormalized_log_prob for each distribution_fn evaluated at each corresponding value.

### unnormalized_prob_parts

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Unnormalized probability density/mass function.

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

Returns
unnormalized_prob_parts a tuple of Tensors representing the unnormalized_prob for each distribution_fn evaluated at each corresponding value.

### 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.linalg.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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