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Clips tensor values to a specified min and max.

    t, clip_value_min, clip_value_max, name=None

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Used in the tutorials

Given a tensor t, this operation returns a tensor of the same type and shape as t with its values clipped to clip_value_min and clip_value_max. Any values less than clip_value_min are set to clip_value_min. Any values greater than clip_value_max are set to clip_value_max.

For example:

Basic usage passes a scalar as the min and max value.

t = tf.constant([[-10., -1., 0.], [0., 2., 10.]]) 
t2 = tf.clip_by_value(t, clip_value_min=-1, clip_value_max=1) 
array([[-1., -1.,  0.], 
       [ 0.,  1.,  1.]], dtype=float32) 

The min and max can be the same size as t, or broadcastable to that size.

t = tf.constant([[-1, 0., 10.], [-1, 0, 10]]) 
clip_min = [[2],[1]] 
t3 = tf.clip_by_value(t, clip_value_min=clip_min, clip_value_max=100) 
array([[ 2.,  2., 10.], 
       [ 1.,  1., 10.]], dtype=float32) 

Broadcasting fails, intentionally, if you would expand the dimensions of t

t = tf.constant([[-1, 0., 10.], [-1, 0, 10]]) 
clip_min = [[[2, 1]]] # Has a third axis 
t4 = tf.clip_by_value(t, clip_value_min=clip_min, clip_value_max=100) 
Traceback (most recent call last): 
InvalidArgumentError: Incompatible shapes: [2,3] vs. [1,1,2] 

It throws a TypeError if you try to clip an int to a float value (tf.cast the input to float first).

t = tf.constant([[1, 2], [3, 4]], dtype=tf.int32) 
t5 = tf.clip_by_value(t, clip_value_min=-3.1, clip_value_max=3.1) 
Traceback (most recent call last): 
TypeError: Cannot convert ... 


  • t: A Tensor or IndexedSlices.
  • clip_value_min: The minimum value to clip to. A scalar Tensor or one that is broadcastable to the shape of t.
  • clip_value_max: The minimum value to clip to. A scalar Tensor or one that is broadcastable to the shape of t.
  • name: A name for the operation (optional).


A clipped Tensor or IndexedSlices.


tf.errors.InvalidArgumentError: If the clip tensors would trigger array broadcasting that would make the returned tensor larger than the input.

  • TypeError: If dtype of the input is int32 and dtype of the clip_value_min or clip_value_max is float32