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# tf.compat.v1.distributions.Normal

The Normal distribution with location `loc` and `scale` parameters.

Inherits From: `Distribution`

``````tf.compat.v1.distributions.Normal(
loc, scale, validate_args=False, allow_nan_stats=True, name='Normal'
)
``````

#### Mathematical details

The probability density function (pdf) is,

``````pdf(x; mu, sigma) = exp(-0.5 (x - mu)**2 / sigma**2) / Z
Z = (2 pi sigma**2)**0.5
``````

where `loc = mu` is the mean, `scale = sigma` is the std. deviation, and, `Z` is the normalization constant.

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

``````X ~ Normal(loc=0, scale=1)
Y = loc + scale * X
``````

#### Examples

Examples of initialization of one or a batch of distributions.

``````import tensorflow_probability as tfp
tfd = tfp.distributions

# Define a single scalar Normal distribution.
dist = tfd.Normal(loc=0., scale=3.)

# Evaluate the cdf at 1, returning a scalar.
dist.cdf(1.)

# Define a batch of two scalar valued Normals.
# The first has mean 1 and standard deviation 11, the second 2 and 22.
dist = tfd.Normal(loc=[1, 2.], scale=[11, 22.])

# Evaluate the pdf of the first distribution on 0, and the second on 1.5,
# returning a length two tensor.
dist.prob([0, 1.5])

# Get 3 samples, returning a 3 x 2 tensor.
dist.sample([3])
``````

``````# Define a batch of two scalar valued Normals.
# Both have mean 1, but different standard deviations.
dist = tfd.Normal(loc=1., scale=[11, 22.])

# Evaluate the pdf of both distributions on the same point, 3.0,
# returning a length 2 tensor.
dist.prob(3.0)
``````

#### Args:

• `loc`: Floating point tensor; the means of the distribution(s).
• `scale`: Floating point tensor; the stddevs of the distribution(s). Must contain only positive values.
• `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.
• `allow_nan_stats`: Python `bool`, default `True`. When `True`, statistics (e.g., mean, mode, variance) use the value "`NaN`" to indicate the result is undefined. When `False`, an exception is raised if one or more of the statistic's batch members are undefined.
• `name`: Python `str` name prefixed to Ops created by this class.

#### Attributes:

• `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.

• `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.

• `dtype`: The `DType` of `Tensor`s handled by this `Distribution`.

• `event_shape`: Shape of a single sample from a single batch as a `TensorShape`.

May be partially defined or unknown.

• `loc`: Distribution parameter for the mean.

• `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 `distributions.FULLY_REPARAMETERIZED` or `distributions.NOT_REPARAMETERIZED`.

• `scale`: Distribution parameter for standard deviation.

• `validate_args`: Python `bool` indicating possibly expensive checks are enabled.

#### Raises:

• `TypeError`: if `loc` and `scale` have different `dtype`.

## Methods

### `batch_shape_tensor`

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``````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`

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``````cdf(
value, name='cdf'
)
``````

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.

#### Returns:

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

### `copy`

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``````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`

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``````covariance(
name='covariance'
)
``````

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.

#### 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`

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``````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)`, (Shanon) 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`.

#### Returns:

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

### `entropy`

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``````entropy(
name='entropy'
)
``````

Shannon entropy in nats.

### `event_shape_tensor`

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``````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`

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``````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`

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``````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`

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``````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 (Shanon) cross entropy, and `H[.]` denotes (Shanon) entropy.

#### Returns:

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

### `log_cdf`

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``````log_cdf(
value, name='log_cdf'
)
``````

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.

#### Returns:

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

### `log_prob`

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``````log_prob(
value, name='log_prob'
)
``````

Log probability density/mass function.

#### Args:

• `value`: `float` or `double` `Tensor`.
• `name`: Python `str` prepended to names of ops created by this function.

#### Returns:

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

### `log_survival_function`

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``````log_survival_function(
value, name='log_survival_function'
)
``````

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.

#### Returns:

`Tensor` of shape `sample_shape(x) + self.batch_shape` with values of type `self.dtype`.

### `mean`

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``````mean(
name='mean'
)
``````

Mean.

### `mode`

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``````mode(
name='mode'
)
``````

Mode.

### `param_shapes`

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``````@classmethod
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`

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``````@classmethod
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`

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``````prob(
value, name='prob'
)
``````

Probability density/mass function.

#### Args:

• `value`: `float` or `double` `Tensor`.
• `name`: Python `str` prepended to names of ops created by this function.

#### Returns:

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

### `quantile`

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``````quantile(
value, name='quantile'
)
``````

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.

#### Returns:

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

### `sample`

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``````sample(
sample_shape=(), seed=None, name='sample'
)
``````

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.

#### Returns:

• `samples`: a `Tensor` with prepended dimensions `sample_shape`.

### `stddev`

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``````stddev(
name='stddev'
)
``````

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.

#### Returns:

• `stddev`: Floating-point `Tensor` with shape identical to `batch_shape + event_shape`, i.e., the same shape as `self.mean()`.

### `survival_function`

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``````survival_function(
value, name='survival_function'
)
``````

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.

#### Returns:

`Tensor` of shape `sample_shape(x) + self.batch_shape` with values of type `self.dtype`.

### `variance`

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``````variance(
name='variance'
)
``````

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.

#### Returns:

• `variance`: Floating-point `Tensor` with shape identical to `batch_shape + event_shape`, i.e., the same shape as `self.mean()`.