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# tf.nn.log_poisson_loss

Computes log Poisson loss given `log_input`.

Gives the log-likelihood loss between the prediction and the target under the assumption that the target has a Poisson distribution. Caveat: By default, this is not the exact loss, but the loss minus a constant term [log(z!)]. That has no effect for optimization, but does not play well with relative loss comparisons. To compute an approximation of the log factorial term, specify compute_full_loss=True to enable Stirling's Approximation.

For brevity, let `c = log(x) = log_input`, `z = targets`. The log Poisson loss is

``````  -log(exp(-x) * (x^z) / z!)
= -log(exp(-x) * (x^z)) + log(z!)
~ -log(exp(-x)) - log(x^z) [+ z * log(z) - z + 0.5 * log(2 * pi * z)]
[ Note the second term is the Stirling's Approximation for log(z!).
It is invariant to x and does not affect optimization, though
important for correct relative loss comparisons. It is only
computed when compute_full_loss == True. ]
= x - z * log(x) [+ z * log(z) - z + 0.5 * log(2 * pi * z)]
= exp(c) - z * c [+ z * log(z) - z + 0.5 * log(2 * pi * z)]
``````

`targets` A `Tensor` of the same type and shape as `log_input`.
`log_input` A `Tensor` of type `float32` or `float64`.
`compute_full_loss` whether to compute the full loss. If false, a constant term is dropped in favor of more efficient optimization.
`name` A name for the operation (optional).

A `Tensor` of the same shape as `log_input` with the componentwise logistic losses.

`ValueError` If `log_input` and `targets` do not have the same shape.

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