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tfp.distributions.MultivariateNormalLinearOperator

Class MultivariateNormalLinearOperator

The multivariate normal distribution on R^k.

Inherits From: TransformedDistribution

Defined in python/distributions/mvn_linear_operator.py.

The Multivariate Normal distribution is defined over R^k and parameterized by a (batch of) length-k loc vector (aka "mu") and a (batch of) k x k scale matrix; covariance = scale @ scale.T, where @ denotes matrix-multiplication.

Mathematical Details

The probability density function (pdf) is,

pdf(x; loc, scale) = exp(-0.5 ||y||**2) / Z,
y = inv(scale) @ (x - loc),
Z = (2 pi)**(0.5 k) |det(scale)|,

where:

  • loc is a vector in R^k,
  • scale is a linear operator in R^{k x k}, cov = scale @ scale.T,
  • Z denotes the normalization constant, and,
  • ||y||**2 denotes the squared Euclidean norm of y.

The MultivariateNormal distribution is a member of the location-scale family, i.e., it can be constructed as,

X ~ MultivariateNormal(loc=0, scale=1)   # Identity scale, zero shift.
Y = scale @ X + loc

Examples

tfd = tfp.distributions

# Initialize a single 3-variate Gaussian.
mu = [1., 2, 3]
cov = [[ 0.36,  0.12,  0.06],
       [ 0.12,  0.29, -0.13],
       [ 0.06, -0.13,  0.26]]
scale = tf.cholesky(cov)
# ==> [[ 0.6,  0. ,  0. ],
#      [ 0.2,  0.5,  0. ],
#      [ 0.1, -0.3,  0.4]])

mvn = tfd.MultivariateNormalLinearOperator(
    loc=mu,
    scale=tf.linalg.LinearOperatorLowerTriangular(scale))

# Covariance agrees with cholesky(cov) parameterization.
mvn.covariance().eval()
# ==> [[ 0.36,  0.12,  0.06],
#      [ 0.12,  0.29, -0.13],
#      [ 0.06, -0.13,  0.26]]

# Compute the pdf of an`R^3` observation; return a scalar.
mvn.prob([-1., 0, 1]).eval()  # shape: []

# Initialize a 2-batch of 3-variate Gaussians.
mu = [[1., 2, 3],
      [11, 22, 33]]              # shape: [2, 3]
scale_diag = [[1., 2, 3],
              [0.5, 1, 1.5]]     # shape: [2, 3]

mvn = tfd.MultivariateNormalLinearOperator(
    loc=mu,
    scale=tf.linalg.LinearOperatorDiag(scale_diag))

# Compute the pdf of two `R^3` observations; return a length-2 vector.
x = [[-0.9, 0, 0.1],
     [-10, 0, 9]]     # shape: [2, 3]
mvn.prob(x).eval()    # shape: [2]

__init__

__init__(
    loc=None,
    scale=None,
    validate_args=False,
    allow_nan_stats=True,
    name='MultivariateNormalLinearOperator'
)

Construct Multivariate Normal distribution on R^k.

The batch_shape is the broadcast shape between loc and scale arguments.

The event_shape is given by last dimension of the matrix implied by scale. The last dimension of loc (if provided) must broadcast with this.

Recall that covariance = scale @ scale.T.

Additional leading dimensions (if any) will index batches.

Args:

  • loc: Floating-point Tensor. If this is set to None, loc is implicitly 0. When specified, may have shape [B1, ..., Bb, k] where b >= 0 and k is the event size.
  • scale: Instance of LinearOperator with same dtype as loc and shape [B1, ..., Bb, k, k].
  • validate_args: Python bool, default False. Whether to validate input with asserts. If validate_args is False, and the inputs are invalid, correct behavior is not guaranteed.
  • allow_nan_stats: Python bool, default True. If False, raise an exception if a statistic (e.g. mean/mode/etc...) is undefined for any batch member If True, batch members with valid parameters leading to undefined statistics will return NaN for this statistic.
  • name: The name to give Ops created by the initializer.

Raises:

  • ValueError: if scale is unspecified.
  • TypeError: if not scale.dtype.is_floating

Properties

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.

Returns:

  • allow_nan_stats: Python bool.

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.

Returns:

  • batch_shape: TensorShape, possibly unknown.

bijector

Function transforming x => y.

distribution

Base distribution, p(x).

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.

Returns:

  • event_shape: TensorShape, possibly unknown.

loc

The loc Tensor in Y = scale @ X + loc.

name

Name prepended to all ops created by this Distribution.

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.

Returns:

An instance of ReparameterizationType.

scale

The scale LinearOperator in Y = scale @ X + loc.

validate_args

Python bool indicating possibly expensive checks are enabled.

Methods

__getitem__

__getitem__(slices)

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__

__iter__()

batch_shape_tensor

batch_shape_tensor(name='batch_shape_tensor')

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

cdf(
    value,
    name='cdf',
    **kwargs
)

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

copy(**override_parameters_kwargs)

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

covariance(
    name='covariance',
    **kwargs
)

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

cross_entropy(
    other,
    name='cross_entropy'
)

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.

other types with built-in registrations: GaussianProcess, GaussianProcessRegressionModel, MultivariateNormalDiag, MultivariateNormalDiagPlusLowRank, MultivariateNormalDiagWithSoftplusScale, MultivariateNormalFullCovariance, MultivariateNormalLinearOperator, MultivariateNormalTriL, VariationalGaussianProcess

Args:

Returns:

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

entropy

entropy(
    name='entropy',
    **kwargs
)

Shannon entropy in nats.

event_shape_tensor

event_shape_tensor(name='event_shape_tensor')

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.

is_scalar_batch

is_scalar_batch(name='is_scalar_batch')

Indicates that batch_shape == [].

Args:

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

Returns:

  • is_scalar_batch: bool scalar Tensor.

is_scalar_event

is_scalar_event(name='is_scalar_event')

Indicates that event_shape == [].

Args:

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

Returns:

  • is_scalar_event: bool scalar Tensor.

kl_divergence

kl_divergence(
    other,
    name='kl_divergence'
)

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.

other types with built-in registrations: GaussianProcess, GaussianProcessRegressionModel, MultivariateNormalDiag, MultivariateNormalDiagPlusLowRank, MultivariateNormalDiagWithSoftplusScale, MultivariateNormalFullCovariance, MultivariateNormalLinearOperator, MultivariateNormalTriL, VariationalGaussianProcess

Args:

Returns:

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

log_cdf

log_cdf(
    value,
    name='log_cdf',
    **kwargs
)

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

log_prob(
    value,
    name='log_prob',
    **kwargs
)

Log probability density/mass function.

Additional documentation from MultivariateNormalLinearOperator:

value is a batch vector with compatible shape if value is a Tensor whose shape can be broadcast up to either:

self.batch_shape + self.event_shape

or

[M1, ..., Mm] + self.batch_shape + self.event_shape

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:

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

log_survival_function

log_survival_function(
    value,
    name='log_survival_function',
    **kwargs
)

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

mean(
    name='mean',
    **kwargs
)

Mean.

mode

mode(
    name='mode',
    **kwargs
)

Mode.

param_shapes

param_shapes(
    cls,
    sample_shape,
    name='DistributionParamShapes'
)

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

param_static_shapes(
    cls,
    sample_shape
)

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

prob(
    value,
    name='prob',
    **kwargs
)

Probability density/mass function.

Additional documentation from MultivariateNormalLinearOperator:

value is a batch vector with compatible shape if value is a Tensor whose shape can be broadcast up to either:

self.batch_shape + self.event_shape

or

[M1, ..., Mm] + self.batch_shape + self.event_shape

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:

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

quantile

quantile(
    value,
    name='quantile',
    **kwargs
)

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

sample(
    sample_shape=(),
    seed=None,
    name='sample',
    **kwargs
)

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 seed for RNG
  • name: name to give to the op.
  • **kwargs: Named arguments forwarded to subclass implementation.

Returns:

  • samples: a Tensor with prepended dimensions sample_shape.

stddev

stddev(
    name='stddev',
    **kwargs
)

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

survival_function(
    value,
    name='survival_function',
    **kwargs
)

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

variance(
    name='variance',
    **kwargs
)

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().