A generic probability distribution base class.
oryx.distributions.Distribution(
dtype,
reparameterization_type,
validate_args,
allow_nan_stats,
parameters=None,
graph_parents=None,
name=None
)
Distribution
is a base class for constructing and organizing properties
(e.g., mean, variance) of random variables (e.g, Bernoulli, Gaussian).
Subclassing
Subclasses are expected to implement a leadingunderscore version of the
samenamed function. The argument signature should be identical except for
the omission of name='...'
. For example, to enable log_prob(value,
name='log_prob')
a subclass should implement _log_prob(value)
.
Subclasses can append to publiclevel docstrings by providing docstrings for their method specializations. For example:
@distribution_util.AppendDocstring('Some other details.')
def _log_prob(self, value):
...
would add the string "Some other details." to the log_prob
function
docstring. This is implemented as a simple decorator to avoid python
linter complaining about missing Args/Returns/Raises sections in the
partial docstrings.
TFP methods generally assume that Distribution subclasses implement at least the following methods:
_sample_n
._log_prob
or_prob
._event_shape
and_event_shape_tensor
._parameter_properties
OR_batch_shape
and_batch_shape_tensor
.
Batch shape methods can be automatically derived from parameter_properties
in most cases, so it's usually not necessary to implement them directly.
Exceptions include Distributions that accept nonTensor parameters (for
example, a distribution parameterized by a callable), or that have nonstandard
batch semantics (for example, BatchReshape
).
Some functionality may depend on implementing additional methods. It is common for Distribution subclasses to implement:
 Relevant statistics, such as
_mean
,_mode
,_variance
and/or_stddev
.  At least one of
_log_cdf
,_cdf
,_survival_function
, or_log_survival_function
. _quantile
._entropy
._default_event_space_bijector
._parameter_properties
(to support automatic batch shape derivation, batch slicing and other features)._sample_and_log_prob
,_maximum_likelihood_parameters
.
Note that subclasses of existing Distributions that redefine __init__
do
not automatically inherit
_parameter_properties
annotations from their parent: the subclass must
explicitly implement its own _parameter_properties
method to support the
features, such as batch slicing, that this enables.
Broadcasting, batching, and shapes
All distributions support batches of independent distributions of that type. The batch shape is determined by broadcasting together the parameters.
The shape of arguments to __init__
, cdf
, log_cdf
, prob
, and
log_prob
reflect this broadcasting, as does the return value of sample
.
sample_n_shape = [n] + batch_shape + event_shape
, where sample_n_shape
is
the shape of the Tensor
returned from sample(n)
, n
is the number of
samples, batch_shape
defines how many independent distributions there are,
and event_shape
defines the shape of samples from each of those independent
distributions. Samples are independent along the batch_shape
dimensions, but
not necessarily so along the event_shape
dimensions (depending on the
particulars of the underlying distribution).
Using the Uniform
distribution as an example:
minval = 3.0
maxval = [[4.0, 6.0],
[10.0, 12.0]]
# Broadcasting:
# This instance represents 4 Uniform distributions. Each has a lower bound at
# 3.0 as the `minval` parameter was broadcasted to match `maxval`'s shape.
u = Uniform(minval, maxval)
# `event_shape` is `TensorShape([])`.
event_shape = u.event_shape
# `event_shape_t` is a `Tensor` which will evaluate to [].
event_shape_t = u.event_shape_tensor()
# Sampling returns a sample per distribution. `samples` has shape
# [5, 2, 2], which is [n] + batch_shape + event_shape, where n=5,
# batch_shape=[2, 2], and event_shape=[].
samples = u.sample(5)
# The broadcasting holds across methods. Here we use `cdf` as an example. The
# same holds for `log_cdf` and the likelihood functions.
# `cum_prob` has shape [2, 2] as the `value` argument was broadcasted to the
# shape of the `Uniform` instance.
cum_prob_broadcast = u.cdf(4.0)
# `cum_prob`'s shape is [2, 2], one per distribution. No broadcasting
# occurred.
cum_prob_per_dist = u.cdf([[4.0, 5.0],
[6.0, 7.0]])
# INVALID as the `value` argument is not broadcastable to the distribution's
# shape.
cum_prob_invalid = u.cdf([4.0, 5.0, 6.0])
Shapes
There are three important concepts associated with TensorFlow Distributions shapes:
 Event shape describes the shape of a single draw from the distribution;
it may be dependent across dimensions. For scalar distributions, the event
shape is
[]
. For a 5dimensional MultivariateNormal, the event shape is[5]
.  Batch shape describes independent, not identically distributed draws, aka a "collection" or "bunch" of distributions.
 Sample shape describes independent, identically distributed draws of batches from the distribution family.
The event shape and the batch shape are properties of a Distribution object,
whereas the sample shape is associated with a specific call to sample
or
log_prob
.
For detailed usage examples of TensorFlow Distributions shapes, see this tutorial
Parameter values leading to undefined statistics or distributions.
Some distributions do not have welldefined statistics for all initialization
parameter values. For example, the beta distribution is parameterized by
positive real numbers concentration1
and concentration0
, and does not have
welldefined mode if concentration1 < 1
or concentration0 < 1
.
The user is given the option of raising an exception or returning NaN
.
a = tf.exp(tf.matmul(logits, weights_a))
b = tf.exp(tf.matmul(logits, weights_b))
# Will raise exception if ANY batch member has a < 1 or b < 1.
dist = distributions.beta(a, b, allow_nan_stats=False)
mode = dist.mode()
# Will return NaN for batch members with either a < 1 or b < 1.
dist = distributions.beta(a, b, allow_nan_stats=True) # Default behavior
mode = dist.mode()
In all cases, an exception is raised if invalid parameters are passed, e.g.
# Will raise an exception if any Op is run.
negative_a = 1.0 * a # beta distribution by definition has a > 0.
dist = distributions.beta(negative_a, b, allow_nan_stats=True)
dist.mean()
Raises  

ValueError

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

Methods
batch_shape_tensor
batch_shape_tensor(
name='batch_shape_tensor'
)
Shape of a single sample from a single event index as a 1D Tensor
.
The batch dimensions are indexes into independent, nonidentical 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 nonscalarevent distributions.
For example, for a lengthk
, vectorvalued 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 nonvector, multivariate distributions (e.g.,
matrixvalued, 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
lengthk'
vector.
Args  

name

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

**kwargs

Named arguments forwarded to subclass implementation. 
Returns  

covariance

Floatingpoint 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
.
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
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 1D int32 Tensor
.
Args  

name

name to give to the op 
Returns  

event_shape

Tensor .

experimental_default_event_space_bijector
experimental_default_event_space_bijector(
*args, **kwargs
)
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 * (k1) // 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
@classmethod
experimental_fit( value, sample_ndims=1, validate_args=False, **init_kwargs )
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
experimental_local_measure(
value, backward_compat=False, **kwargs
)
Returns a log probability density together with a TangentSpace
.
A TangentSpace
allows us to calculate the correct pushforward
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_sample_and_log_prob
experimental_sample_and_log_prob(
sample_shape=(), seed=None, name='sample_and_log_prob', **kwargs
)
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 Tensor s, 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
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 KullbackLeibler 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 KullbackLeibler
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.
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
@classmethod
param_shapes( 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
@classmethod
param_static_shapes( 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
constantvalued 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
@classmethod
parameter_properties( dtype=tf.float32, num_classes=None )
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 continuousvalued 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 categoricallike distributions.
Otherwise ignored.

Returns  

parameter_properties

A
str > tfp.python.internal.parameter_properties.ParameterPropertiesdict mapping constructor argument names to ParameterProperties`
instances.

Raises  

NotImplementedError

if the distribution class does not implement
_parameter_properties .

prob
prob(
value, name='prob', **kwargs
)
Probability density/mass function.
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

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 .

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

Floatingpoint 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 .

unnormalized_log_prob
unnormalized_log_prob(
value, name='unnormalized_log_prob', **kwargs
)
Potentially unnormalized log probability density/mass function.
This function is similar to log_prob
, but does not require that the
return value be normalized. (Normalization here refers to the total
integral of probability being one, as it should be by definition for any
probability distribution.) This is useful, for example, for distributions
where the normalization constant is difficult or expensive to compute. By
default, this simply calls log_prob
.
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  

unnormalized_log_prob

a 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

Floatingpoint Tensor with shape identical to
batch_shape + event_shape , i.e., the same shape as self.mean() .

__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.stateless_normal([5, 3, 2, 2])
cov = tf.matmul(x, x, transpose_b=True)
chol = tf.linalg.cholesky(cov)
loc = tf.random.stateless_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__()