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Non-core alias for the deprecated tf.X_summary ops.

For TensorFlow 1.0, we have reorganized the TensorFlow summary ops into a submodule, and made some semantic tweaks. The first thing to note is that we moved the APIs around as follows:

tf.scalar_summary -> tf.compat.v1.summary.scalar
tf.histogram_summary -> tf.compat.v1.summary.histogram
tf.audio_summary ->
tf.image_summary -> tf.compat.v1.summary.image
tf.merge_summary -> tf.compat.v1.summary.merge
tf.merge_all_summaries -> tf.compat.v1.summary.merge_all

We think this API is cleaner and will improve long-term discoverability and clarity of the TensorFlow API. But we also took the opportunity to make an important change to how summary "tags" work. The "tag" of a summary is the string that is associated with the output data, i.e. the key for organizing the generated protobufs.

Previously, the tag was allowed to be any unique string; it had no relation to the summary op generating it, and no relation to the TensorFlow name system. This behavior made it very difficult to write reusable that would add summary ops to the graph. If you had a function to add summary ops, you would need to pass in a tf.name_scope, manually, to that function to create deduplicated tags. Otherwise your program would fail with a runtime error due to tag collision.

The new summary APIs under tf.summary throw away the "tag" as an independent concept; instead, the first argument is the node name. So summary tags now automatically inherit the surrounding tf.name_scope, and automatically are deduplicated if there is a conflict. Now however, the only allowed characters are alphanumerics, underscores, and forward slashes. To make migration easier, the new APIs automatically convert illegal characters to underscores.

Just as an example, consider the following "before" and "after" code snippets:

# Before
def add_activation_summaries(v, scope):
  tf.scalar_summary("%s/fraction_of_zero" % scope, tf.nn.fraction_of_zero(v))
  tf.histogram_summary("%s/activations" % scope, v)

# After
def add_activation_summaries(v):
  tf.compat.v1.summary.scalar("fraction_of_zero", tf.nn.fraction_of_zero(v))
  tf.compat.v1.summary.histogram("activations", v)

Now, so long as the add_activation_summaries function is called from within the right tf.name_scope, the behavior is the same.

Because this change does modify the behavior and could break tests, we can't automatically migrate usage to the new APIs. That is why we are making the old APIs temporarily available here at tf.contrib.deprecated.

In addition to the name change described above, there are two further changes to the new summary ops:

As before, TensorBoard groups charts by the top-level tf.name_scope which may be inconvenient, for in the new summary ops, the summary will inherit that tf.name_scope without user control. We plan to add more grouping mechanisms to TensorBoard, so it will be possible to specify the TensorBoard group for each summary via the summary API.


audio_summary(...): Outputs a Summary protocol buffer with audio. (deprecated)

histogram_summary(...): Outputs a Summary protocol buffer with a histogram. (deprecated)

image_summary(...): Outputs a Summary protocol buffer with images. (deprecated)

merge_all_summaries(...): Merges all summaries collected in the default graph. (deprecated)

merge_summary(...): Merges summaries. (deprecated)

scalar_summary(...): Outputs a Summary protocol buffer with scalar values. (deprecated)