layers¶
control_flow¶
split_lod_tensor¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
split_lod_tensor
(input, mask, level=0) split_lod_tensor
This function takes in an input that contains the complete lod information, and takes in a mask which is used to mask certain parts of the input. The output is the true branch and the false branch with the mask applied to the input at a certain level in the tensor.
Parameters:  input (tuplelistNone) – The input tensor that contains complete lod information needed to construct the output.
 mask (list) – A bool column vector which masks the input.
 level (int) – The specific lod level to rank.
Returns: The true branch of tensor as per the mask applied to input. Variable: The false branch of tensor as per the mask applied to input.
Return type: Variable
Examples
x = layers.data(name='x', shape=[1]) x.persistable = True y = layers.data(name='y', shape=[1]) y.persistable = True out_true, out_false = layers.split_lod_tensor( input=x, mask=y, level=level)
merge_lod_tensor¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
merge_lod_tensor
(in_true, in_false, x, mask, level=0) merge_lod_tensor
This function takes in an input \(x\), the True branch, the False branch and a binary \(mask\). Using this information, this function merges the True and False branches of the tensor into a single Output at a certain lod level indiacted by \(level\).
Parameters:  in_true (tuplelistNone) – The True branch to be merged.
 in_false (tuplelistNone) – The False branch to be merged.
 x (tuplelistNone) – The input tensor that contains complete lod information needed to construct the output.
 mask (list) – A bool column vector which masks the input.
 level (int) – The specific lod level to rank.
Returns: The merged output tensor.
Return type: Variable
Examples
x = layers.data( name='x', shape=[1], dtype='float32', stop_gradient=False) y = layers.data( name='y', shape=[1], dtype='bool', stop_gradient=False) level = 0 out_true, out_false = layers.split_lod_tensor( input=x, mask=y, level=level) out = layers.merge_lod_tensor( in_true=out_true, in_false=out_false, mask=y, x=x, level=level)
BlockGuard¶

class
paddle.fluid.layers.
BlockGuard
(main_program) BlockGuard class.
BlockGuard class is used to create a subblock in a program by using the Python with keyword.
BlockGuardWithCompletion¶

class
paddle.fluid.layers.
BlockGuardWithCompletion
(rnn) BlockGuardWithCompletion class.
BlockGuardWithCompletion class is used to create an op with a block in a program.
StaticRNNMemoryLink¶

class
paddle.fluid.layers.
StaticRNNMemoryLink
(init, pre_mem, mem=None) StaticRNNMemoryLink class.
Parameters:  init – the initial variable for Memory
 init – Variable
 pre_mem – the memory variable in previous time step
 pre_mem – Variable
 mem – the memory variable in current time step
 mem – Variable
StaticRNNMemoryLink class is used to create a link between two memory cells of a StaticRNN.
WhileGuard¶

class
paddle.fluid.layers.
WhileGuard
(while_op)
While¶

class
paddle.fluid.layers.
While
(cond, name=None)
lod_rank_table¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
lod_rank_table
(x, level=0) LoD Rank Table Operator. Given an input variable x and a level number of LoD, this layer creates a LodRankTable object. A LoDRankTable object contains a list of bielement tuples. Each tuple consists of an index and a length, both of which are int type. Refering to specified level of LoD, the index is the sequence index number and the length representes the sequence length. Please note that the list is ranked in descending order by the length. The following is an example:
x is a LoDTensor: x.lod = [[0, 2, 3], [0, 5, 6, 7]] x.data = [a, b, c, d, e, f, g] 1. set level to 0: Create lod rank table: lod_rank_table_obj = lod_rank_table(x, level=0) Get: lod_rank_table_obj.items() = [(0, 2), (1, 1)] 2. set level to 1: Create lod rank table: lod_rank_table_obj = lod_rank_table(x, level=1) Get: lod_rank_table_obj.items() = [(0, 5), (1, 1), (2, 1)]
Parameters:  x (Variable) – Input variable, a LoDTensor based which to create the lod rank table.
 level (int) – Specify the LoD level, on which to create the lod rank table.
Returns: The created LoDRankTable object.
Return type: Variable
Examples
x = fluid.layers.data(name='x', shape=[10], dtype='float32', lod_level=1) out = layers.lod_rank_table(x=x, level=0)
max_sequence_len¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
max_sequence_len
(rank_table) Max Sequence Len Operator. Given a LoDRankTable object, this layer returns the max length of a batch of sequences. In fact, a LoDRankTable object contains a list of tuples(<sequence index, sequence length>) and the list is already sorted by sequence length in descending order, so the operator just returns the sequence length of the first tuple element.
Parameters: rank_table (Variable) – Input variable which is a LoDRankTable object. Returns: The max length of sequence. Return type: Variable Examples
x = fluid.layers.data(name='x', shape=[10], dtype='float32', lod_level=1) rank_table = layers.lod_rank_table(x=x, level=0) max_seq_len = layers.max_sequence_len(rank_table)
topk¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
topk
(input, k) This operator is used to find values and indices of the k largest entries for the last dimension.
If the input is a vector (rank=1), finds the k largest entries in the vector and outputs their values and indices as vectors. Thus values[j] is the jth largest entry in input, and its index is indices[j].
If the input is a Tensor with higher rank, this operator computes the top k entries along the last dimension.
Parameters:  input (Variable) – The input variable which can be a vector or Tensor with higher rank.
 k (int) – An integer value to specify the top k largest elements.
Returns:  The k largest elements along each last dimensional
slice.
 indices(Variable): The indices of values within the last dimension of
input.
Return type: values(Variable)
Examples
top5_values, top5_indices = layers.topk(input, k=5)
lod_tensor_to_array¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
lod_tensor_to_array
(x, table) Convert a LOD_TENSOR to an LOD_TENSOR_ARRAY.
Parameters:  x (Variablelist) – The LOD tensor to be converted to a LOD tensor array.
 table (ParamAttrlist) – The variable that stores the level of lod which is ordered by sequence length in descending order.
Returns:  The variable of type array that has been converted from a
tensor.
Return type: Variable
Examples
x = fluid.layers.data(name='x', shape=[10]) table = fluid.layers.lod_rank_table(x, level=0) array = fluid.layers.lod_tensor_to_array(x, table)
array_to_lod_tensor¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
array_to_lod_tensor
(x, table) Convert a LoD_Tensor_Aarry to an LoDTensor.
Parameters:  x (Variablelist) – The lod tensor array to be converted to a tensor.
 table (ParamAttrlist) – The variable that stores the level of lod which is ordered by sequence length in descending order.
Returns:  The variable of type tensor that has been converted
from an array.
Return type: Variable
Examples
x = fluid.layers.data(name='x', shape=[10]) table = fluid.layers.lod_rank_table(x, level=0) array = fluid.layers.lod_tensor_to_array(x, table) lod_tensor = fluid.layers.array_to_lod_tensor(array, table)
increment¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
increment
(x, value=1.0, in_place=True) This function performs an operation that increments each value in the input \(x\) by an amount: \(value\) as mentioned in the input parameter. This operation is performed inplace by default.
Parameters:  x (Variablelist) – The tensor that has the input values.
 value (float) – The amount by which the values should be incremented.
 in_place (bool) – If the increment should be performed inplace.
Returns:  The tensor variable storing the transformation of
elementwise increment of each value in the input.
Return type: Variable
Examples
data = fluid.layers.data(name='data', shape=[32, 32], dtype='float32') data = fluid.layers.increment(x=data, value=3.0, in_place=True)
array_write¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
array_write
(x, i, array=None) This function writes the given input variable to the specified position indicating by the arrary index to an output LOD_TENSOR_ARRAY. If the output LOD_TENSOR_ARRAY is not given(None), a new one will be created and returned.
Parameters:  x (Variablelist) – The input tensor from which the data will be read.
 i (Variablelist) – The index of the output LOD_TENSOR_ARRAY, pointing to the position to which the input tensor will be written.
 array (Variablelist) – The output LOD_TENSOR_ARRAY to which the input tensor will be written. If this parameter is NONE, a new LOD_TENSOR_ARRAY will be created and returned.
Returns: The output LOD_TENSOR_ARRAY where the input tensor is written.
Return type: Variable
Examples
create_array¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
create_array
(dtype) This function creates an array of type \(LOD_TENSOR_ARRAY\) using the LayerHelper.
Parameters: dtype (intfloat) – The data type of the elements in the array. Returns: The tensor variable storing the elements of data type. Return type: Variable Examples
data = fluid.layers.create_array(dtype='float32')
less_than¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
less_than
(x, y, force_cpu=True, cond=None, **ignored) Less than
This layer returns the truth value of \(x < y\) elementwise.
Parameters:  x (Variable) – First operand of less_than
 y (Variable) – Second operand of less_than
 force_cpu (BoolTrue) – The output data will be on CPU if set true.
 cond (VariableNone) – Optional output variable to store the result of less_than
Returns: The tensor variable storing the output of less_than.
Return type: Variable
Examples
less = fluid.layers.less_than(x=label, y=limit)
array_read¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
array_read
(array, i) This function performs the operation to read the data in as an LOD_TENSOR_ARRAY. :param array: The input tensor that will be written to an array. :type array: Variablelist :param i: The subscript index in tensor array, that points the
place where data will be written to.Returns: The tensor type variable that has the data written to it. Return type: Variable Examples
shrink_memory¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
shrink_memory
(x, i, table) This function creates an operator to shrink_rnn_memory using the RankTable as mentioned in the input parameter.
array_length¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
array_length
(array) This function performs the operation to find the length of the input LOD_TENSOR_ARRAY.
Parameters: array (LOD_TENSOR_ARRAY) – The input array that will be used to compute the length. Returns: The length of the input LoDTensorArray. Return type: Variable Examples
IfElse¶

class
paddle.fluid.layers.
IfElse
(cond, name=None)
DynamicRNN¶

class
paddle.fluid.layers.
DynamicRNN
(name=None)
ConditionalBlock¶

class
paddle.fluid.layers.
ConditionalBlock
(inputs, is_scalar_condition=False, name=None)
StaticRNN¶

class
paddle.fluid.layers.
StaticRNN
(name=None) StaticRNN class.
StaticRNN class is used to create a StaticRNN. The RNN will have its own parameters like inputs, outputs, memories, status and length.

memory
(init=None, shape=None, batch_ref=None, init_value=0.0, init_batch_dim_idx=0, ref_batch_dim_idx=1) Parameters:  init – boot memory, if not set, a shape, batch_ref must be provided
 shape – shape of the boot memory
 batch_ref – batch size reference variable
 init_value – the init value of boot memory
 init_batch_dim_idx – the index of batch size in init’s dimension
 ref_batch_dim_idx – the index of batch size in batch_ref’s dimension

reorder_lod_tensor_by_rank¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
reorder_lod_tensor_by_rank
(x, rank_table) ReorderLoDTensorByRankTable operator.
Input(X) is a batch of sequences. Input(RankTable) stores new orders of the input sequence batch. The reorder_lod_tensor_by_rank operator reorders the Input(X) according to the information provided by Input(RankTable).
For example:
If the indices stored in the Input(RankTable) are [3, 0, 2, 1], the Input(X) will be reordered that the fourth sequence in Input(X) will become the first one, and then followed by the original first, third, and the second one.
This is: X = [Seq0, Seq1, Seq2, Seq3]. The indices in RankTable are [3, 0, 2, 1]. Out = [Seq3, Seq0, Seq2, Seq1] with a new LoD information.
If the LoD information of Input(X) is empty, this means Input(X) is not sequence data. This is also identical to a batch of sequences where each sequence has a fixed length 1. In this case, the reorder_lod_tensor_by_rank operator reorders each slice of Input(X) along the first axis according to Input(RankTable).
This is: X = [Slice0, Slice1, Slice2, Slice3] and its LoD information is empty. The indices in RankTable are [3, 0, 2, 1]. Out = [Slice3, Slice0, Slice2, Slice1] with no LoD information is appended.
NOTE: This operator sorts Input(X) according to a given LoDRankTable which does not need to be calculated according to Input(X). It can be calculated according to another different sequence, and then this operator sorts Input(X) according to the given LoDRankTable.
Parameters:  x – (LoDTensor), the input lod tensor to be reordered according to Input(RankTable). Duplicable: False Optional: False
 rank_table – (LoDRankTable), the rank table according to which Input(X) is reordered. Duplicable: False Optional: False
Returns: (LoDTensor), the reordered lod tensor.
ParallelDo¶

class
paddle.fluid.layers.
ParallelDo
(places, use_nccl=False, name=None) ParallelDo class.
ParallelDo class is used to create a ParallelDo.
Print¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
Print
(input, first_n=1, message=None, summarize=1, print_tensor_name=True, print_tensor_type=True, print_tensor_shape=True, print_tensor_lod=True, print_phase='both') Print operator
This creates a print op that will print when a tensor is accessed.
Wraps the tensor passed in so that whenever that a tensor is accessed, the message message is printed, along with the current value of the tensor t.
Parameters:  input (Variable) – A Tensor to print.
 summarize (int) – Print this number of elements in the tensor, will print all if left is negative.
 message (str) – A string message to print as a prefix.
 first_n (int) – Only log first_n number of times.
 print_tensor_name (bool) – Print the tensor name.
 print_tensor_type (bool) – Print the tensor type.
 print_tensor_shape (bool) – Print the tensor shape.
 print_tensor_lod (bool) – Print the tensor lod.
 print_phase (str) – Which phase to displace, including ‘forward’, ‘backward’ and ‘both’. If set to ‘backward’ or ‘both’, will print the gradients of input tensor.
Returns: Output tensor, same data with input tensor.
Return type: Variable
Examples
value = some_layer(...) Print(value, summarize=10,
message=”The content of some_layer: ”)
device¶
get_places¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
get_places
(device_count=None, device_type=None) Returns a list of places based on flags. The list will be used for parallel execution.
Parameters:  device_count (INT) – device count
 device_type (STRING) – device type
Returns: vector of Place
io¶
data¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
data
(name, shape, append_batch_size=True, dtype='float32', lod_level=0, type=VarType.LOD_TENSOR, stop_gradient=True) Data Layer
This function takes in the input and based on whether data has to be returned back as a minibatch, it creates the global variable by using the helper functions. The global variables can be accessed by all the following operators in the graph.
All the input variables of this function are passed in as local variables to the LayerHelper constructor.
Parameters:  name (str) – The name/alias of the function
 shape (list) – Tuple declaring the shape.
 append_batch_size (bool) – Whether or not to append the data as a batch.
 dtype (intfloat) – The type of data : float32, float_16, int etc
 type (VarType) – The output type. By default it is LOD_TENSOR.
 lod_level (int) – The LoD Level. 0 means the input data is not a sequence.
 main_program (Program) – Name of the main program that calls this
 startup_program (Program) – Name of the startup program
 stop_gradient (bool) – A boolean that mentions whether gradient should flow.
Returns: The global variable that gives access to the data.
Return type: Variable
Examples
data = fluid.layers.data(name='x', shape=[784], dtype='float32')
BlockGuardServ¶

class
paddle.fluid.layers.
BlockGuardServ
(server) BlockGuardServ class.
BlockGuardServ class is used to create an op with a block in a program.
ListenAndServ¶

class
paddle.fluid.layers.
ListenAndServ
(endpoint, inputs, fan_in=1, optimizer_mode=True) ListenAndServ class.
ListenAndServ class is used to wrap listen_and_serv op to create a server which can receive variables from clients and run a block.
Send¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
Send
(endpoints, send_vars, get_vars=None) Send layer
Parameters:  endpoints – comma seperated IP:PORT pairs in the order of send_vars to send
 send_vars – vars to send
 get_vars – vars to get from server after send completes.
Send variables to the server side, and get vars from server side when server have finished running server side program.
nn¶
fc¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
fc
(input, size, num_flatten_dims=1, param_attr=None, bias_attr=None, use_mkldnn=False, act=None, is_test=False, name=None) Fully Connected Layer
The fully connected layer can take multiple tensors as its inputs. It creates a variable called weights for each input tensor, which represents a fully connected weight matrix from each input unit to each output unit. The fully connected layer multiplies each input tensor with its coresponding weight to produce an output Tensor. If multiple input tensors are given, the results of multiple multiplications will be sumed up. If bias_attr is not None, a bias variable will be created and added to the output. Finally, if activation is not None, it will be applied to the output as well.
This process can be formulated as follows:
\[Out = Act({\sum_{i=0}^{N1}X_iW_i + b})\]In the above equation:
 \(N\): Number of the input.
 \(X_i\): The input tensor.
 \(W\): The weights created by this layer.
 \(b\): The bias parameter created by this layer (if needed).
 \(Act\): The activation function.
 \(Out\): The output tensor.
Parameters:  input (Variablelist of Variable) – The input tensor(s) of this layer, and the dimension of the input tensor(s) is at least 2.
 size (int) – The number of output units in this layer.
 num_flatten_dims (int, default 1) – The fc layer can accept an input tensor with more than two dimensions. If this happens, the multidimensional tensor will first be flattened into a 2dimensional matrix. The parameter num_flatten_dims determines how the input tensor is flattened: the first num_flatten_dims (inclusive, index starts from 1) dimensions will be flatten to form the first dimension of the final matrix (height of the matrix), and the rest rank(X)  num_flatten_dims dimensions are flattened to form the second dimension of the final matrix (width of the matrix). For example, suppose X is a 6dimensional tensor with a shape [2, 3, 4, 5, 6], and num_flatten_dims = 3. Then, the flattened matrix will have a shape [2 x 3 x 4, 5 x 6] = [24, 30].
 param_attr (ParamAttrlist of ParamAttr, default None) – The parameter attribute for learnable parameters/weights of this layer.
 bias_attr (ParamAttrlist of ParamAttr, default None) – The parameter attribute for the bias of this layer. If it is set to None, no bias will be added to the output units.
 act (str, default None) – Activation to be applied to the output of this layer.
 is_test (bool) – A flag indicating whether execution is in test phase.
 use_mkldnn (bool) – Use mkldnn kernel or not, it is valid only when the mkldnn library is installed. Default: False
 name (str, default None) – The name of this layer.
Returns: A tensor variable storing the transformation result.
Raises: ValueError
– If rank of the input tensor is less than 2.Examples
data = fluid.layers.data(name="data", shape=[32, 32], dtype="float32") fc = fluid.layers.fc(input=data, size=1000, act="tanh")
embedding¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
embedding
(input, size, is_sparse=False, is_distributed=False, padding_idx=None, param_attr=None, dtype='float32') Embedding Layer
This layer is used to lookup embeddings of IDs, provided by
input
, in a lookup table. The result of this lookup is the embedding of each ID in theinput
.All the input variables are passed in as local variables to the LayerHelper constructor.
Parameters:  input (Variable) – The tensor variable containing the IDs.
 size (tuplelist) – The shape of the look up table parameter. It should have two elements which indicate the size of the dictionary of embeddings and the size of each embedding vector respectively.
 is_sparse (bool) – The flag indicating whether to use sparse update.
 padding_idx (intlongNone) – If
None
, it makes no effect to lookup. Otherwise the givenpadding_idx
indicates padding the output with zeros whenever lookup encounters it ininput
. If \(padding_idx < 0\), the padding_idx to use in lookup is \(size[0] + dim\).  param_attr (ParamAttr) – Parameters for this layer
 dtype (np.dtypecore.VarDesc.VarTypestr) – The type of data : float32, float_16, int etc
Returns: The tensor variable storing the embeddings of the supplied inputs.
Return type: Variable
Examples
dict_size = len(dataset.ids) data = fluid.layers.data(name='ids', shape=[32, 32], dtype='float32') fc = fluid.layers.embedding(input=data, size=[dict_size, 16])
dynamic_lstm¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
dynamic_lstm
(input, size, param_attr=None, bias_attr=None, use_peepholes=True, is_reverse=False, gate_activation='sigmoid', cell_activation='tanh', candidate_activation='tanh', dtype='float32', name=None) Dynamic LSTM Layer
The defalut implementation is diagonal/peephole connection (https://arxiv.org/pdf/1402.1128.pdf), the formula is as follows:
\[ \begin{align}\begin{aligned}i_t & = \sigma(W_{ix}x_{t} + W_{ih}h_{t1} + W_{ic}c_{t1} + b_i)\\f_t & = \sigma(W_{fx}x_{t} + W_{fh}h_{t1} + W_{fc}c_{t1} + b_f)\\\tilde{c_t} & = act_g(W_{cx}x_t + W_{ch}h_{t1} + b_c)\\o_t & = \sigma(W_{ox}x_{t} + W_{oh}h_{t1} + W_{oc}c_t + b_o)\\c_t & = f_t \odot c_{t1} + i_t \odot \tilde{c_t}\\h_t & = o_t \odot act_h(c_t)\end{aligned}\end{align} \]where the \(W\) terms denote weight matrices (e.g. \(W_{xi}\) is the matrix of weights from the input gate to the input), \(W_{ic}, W_{fc}, W_{oc}\) are diagonal weight matrices for peephole connections. In our implementation, we use vectors to reprenset these diagonal weight matrices. The \(b\) terms denote bias vectors (\(b_i\) is the input gate bias vector), \(\sigma\) is the nonlinear activations, such as logistic sigmoid function, and \(i, f, o\) and \(c\) are the input gate, forget gate, output gate, and cell activation vectors, respectively, all of which have the same size as the cell output activation vector \(h\).
The \(\odot\) is the elementwise product of the vectors. \(act_g\) and \(act_h\) are the cell input and cell output activation functions and tanh is usually used for them. \(\tilde{c_t}\) is also called candidate hidden state, which is computed based on the current input and the previous hidden state.
Set use_peepholes to False to disable peephole connection. The formula is omitted here, please refer to the paper http://www.bioinf.jku.at/publications/older/2604.pdf for details.
Note that these \(W_{xi}x_{t}, W_{xf}x_{t}, W_{xc}x_{t}, W_{xo}x_{t}\) operations on the input \(x_{t}\) are NOT included in this operator. Users can choose to use fullyconnect layer before LSTM layer.
Parameters:  input (Variable) – The input of dynamic_lstm layer, which supports variabletime length input sequence. The underlying tensor in this Variable is a matrix with shape (T X 4D), where T is the total time steps in this minibatch, D is the hidden size.
 size (int) – 4 * hidden size.
 param_attr (ParamAttrNone) –
The parameter attribute for the learnable hiddenhidden weights.
 Weights = {\(W_{ch}, W_{ih}, W_{fh}, W_{oh}\)}
 The shape is (D x 4D), where D is the hidden size.
 bias_attr (ParamAttrNone) –
The bias attribute for the learnable bias weights, which contains two parts, inputhidden bias weights and peephole connections weights if setting use_peepholes to True.
 use_peepholes = False
 Biases = {\(b_c, b_i, b_f, b_o\)}.
 The shape is (1 x 4D).
 use_peepholes = True
 Biases = { \(b_c, b_i, b_f, b_o, W_{ic}, W_{fc}, W_{oc}\)}.
 The shape is (1 x 7D).
 use_peepholes (bool) – Whether to enable diagonal/peephole connections, default True.
 is_reverse (bool) – Whether to compute reversed LSTM, default False.
 gate_activation (str) – The activation for input gate, forget gate and output gate. Choices = [“sigmoid”, “tanh”, “relu”, “identity”], default “sigmoid”.
 cell_activation (str) – The activation for cell output. Choices = [“sigmoid”, “tanh”, “relu”, “identity”], default “tanh”.
 candidate_activation (str) – The activation for candidate hidden state. Choices = [“sigmoid”, “tanh”, “relu”, “identity”], default “tanh”.
 dtype (str) – Data type. Choices = [“float32”, “float64”], default “float32”.
 name (strNone) – A name for this layer(optional). If set None, the layer will be named automatically.
Returns: The hidden state, and cell state of LSTM. The shape of both is (T x D), and lod is the same with the input.
Return type: tuple
Examples
hidden_dim = 512 forward_proj = fluid.layers.fc(input=input_seq, size=hidden_dim * 4, act=None, bias_attr=None) forward, _ = fluid.layers.dynamic_lstm( input=forward_proj, size=hidden_dim * 4, use_peepholes=False)
dynamic_lstmp¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
dynamic_lstmp
(input, size, proj_size, param_attr=None, bias_attr=None, use_peepholes=True, is_reverse=False, gate_activation='sigmoid', cell_activation='tanh', candidate_activation='tanh', proj_activation='tanh', dtype='float32', name=None) Dynamic LSTMP Layer
LSTMP (LSTM with recurrent projection) layer has a separate projection layer after the LSTM layer, projecting the original hidden state to a lowerdimensional one, which is proposed to reduce the number of total parameters and furthermore computational complexity for the LSTM, espeacially for the case that the size of output units is relative large (https://research.google.com/pubs/archive/43905.pdf).
The formula is as follows:
\[ \begin{align}\begin{aligned}i_t & = \sigma(W_{ix}x_{t} + W_{ir}r_{t1} + W_{ic}c_{t1} + b_i)\\f_t & = \sigma(W_{fx}x_{t} + W_{fr}r_{t1} + W_{fc}c_{t1} + b_f)\\\tilde{c_t} & = act_g(W_{cx}x_t + W_{cr}r_{t1} + b_c)\\o_t & = \sigma(W_{ox}x_{t} + W_{or}r_{t1} + W_{oc}c_t + b_o)\\c_t & = f_t \odot c_{t1} + i_t \odot \tilde{c_t}\\h_t & = o_t \odot act_h(c_t)\\r_t & = \overline{act_h}(W_{rh}h_t)\end{aligned}\end{align} \]In the above formula:
 \(W\): Denotes weight matrices (e.g. \(W_{xi}\) is the matrix of weights from the input gate to the input).
 \(W_{ic}\), \(W_{fc}\), \(W_{oc}\): Diagonal weight matrices for peephole connections. In our implementation, we use vectors to reprenset these diagonal weight matrices.
 \(b\): Denotes bias vectors (e.g. \(b_i\) is the input gate bias vector).
 \(\sigma\): The activation, such as logistic sigmoid function.
 \(i, f, o\) and \(c\): The input gate, forget gate, output gate, and cell activation vectors, respectively, all of which have the same size as the cell output activation vector \(h\).
 \(h\): The hidden state.
 \(r\): The recurrent projection of the hidden state.
 \(\tilde{c_t}\): The candidate hidden state, whose computation is based on the current input and previous hidden state.
 \(\odot\): The elementwise product of the vectors.
 \(act_g\) and \(act_h\): The cell input and cell output activation functions and tanh is usually used for them.
 \(\overline{act_h}\): The activation function for the projection output, usually using identity or same as \(act_h\).
Set use_peepholes to False to disable peephole connection. The formula is omitted here, please refer to the paper http://www.bioinf.jku.at/publications/older/2604.pdf for details.
Note that these \(W_{xi}x_{t}, W_{xf}x_{t}, W_{xc}x_{t}, W_{xo}x_{t}\) operations on the input \(x_{t}\) are NOT included in this operator. Users can choose to use fullyconnected layer before LSTMP layer.
Parameters:  input (Variable) – The input of dynamic_lstmp layer, which supports variabletime length input sequence. The underlying tensor in this Variable is a matrix with shape (T X 4D), where T is the total time steps in this minibatch, D is the hidden size.
 size (int) – 4 * hidden size.
 proj_size (int) – The size of projection output.
 param_attr (ParamAttrNone) –
The parameter attribute for the learnable hiddenhidden weight and projection weight.
 Hiddenhidden weight = {\(W_{ch}, W_{ih}, W_{fh}, W_{oh}\)}.
 The shape of hiddenhidden weight is (P x 4D), where P is the projection size and D the hidden size.
 Projection weight = {\(W_{rh}\)}.
 The shape of projection weight is (D x P).
 bias_attr (ParamAttrNone) –
The bias attribute for the learnable bias weights, which contains two parts, inputhidden bias weights and peephole connections weights if setting use_peepholes to True.
 use_peepholes = False
 Biases = {\(b_c, b_i, b_f, b_o\)}.
 The shape is (1 x 4D).
 use_peepholes = True
 Biases = { \(b_c, b_i, b_f, b_o, W_{ic}, W_{fc}, W_{oc}\)}.
 The shape is (1 x 7D).
 use_peepholes (bool) – Whether to enable diagonal/peephole connections, default True.
 is_reverse (bool) – Whether to compute reversed LSTM, default False.
 gate_activation (str) – The activation for input gate, forget gate and output gate. Choices = [“sigmoid”, “tanh”, “relu”, “identity”], default “sigmoid”.
 cell_activation (str) – The activation for cell output. Choices = [“sigmoid”, “tanh”, “relu”, “identity”], default “tanh”.
 candidate_activation (str) – The activation for candidate hidden state. Choices = [“sigmoid”, “tanh”, “relu”, “identity”], default “tanh”.
 proj_activation (str) – The activation for projection output. Choices = [“sigmoid”, “tanh”, “relu”, “identity”], default “tanh”.
 dtype (str) – Data type. Choices = [“float32”, “float64”], default “float32”.
 name (strNone) – A name for this layer(optional). If set None, the layer will be named automatically.
Returns: The projection of hidden state, and cell state of LSTMP. The shape of projection is (T x P), for the cell state which is (T x D), and both LoD is the same with the input.
Return type: tuple
Examples
hidden_dim, proj_dim = 512, 256 fc_out = fluid.layers.fc(input=input_seq, size=hidden_dim * 4, act=None, bias_attr=None) proj_out, _ = fluid.layers.dynamic_lstmp(input=fc_out, size=hidden_dim * 4, proj_size=proj_dim, use_peepholes=False, is_reverse=True, cell_activation="tanh", proj_activation="tanh")
dynamic_gru¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
dynamic_gru
(input, size, param_attr=None, bias_attr=None, is_reverse=False, gate_activation='sigmoid', candidate_activation='tanh', h_0=None) Dynamic GRU Layer
Refer to Empirical Evaluation of Gated Recurrent Neural Networks on Sequence Modeling
The formula is as follows:
\[ \begin{align}\begin{aligned}u_t & = act_g(W_{ux}x_{t} + W_{uh}h_{t1} + b_u)\\r_t & = act_g(W_{rx}x_{t} + W_{rh}h_{t1} + b_r)\\\tilde{h_t} & = act_c(W_{cx}x_{t} + W_{ch}(r_t \odot h_{t1}) + b_c)\\h_t & = (1u_t) \odot h_{t1} + u_t \odot \tilde{h_t}\end{aligned}\end{align} \]The \(\odot\) is the elementwise product of the vectors. \(act_g\) is the update gate and reset gate activation function and \(sigmoid\) is usually used for it. \(act_c\) is the activation function for candidate hidden state and \(tanh\) is usually used for it.
Note that these \(W_{ux}x_{t}, W_{rx}x_{t}, W_{cx}x_{t}\) operations on the input \(x_{t}\) are NOT included in this operator. Users can choose to use fullyconnect layer before GRU layer.
Parameters:  input (Variable) – The input of dynamic_gru layer, which supports variabletime length input sequence. The underlying tensor in this Variable is a matrix with shape \((T \times 3D)\), where \(T\) is the total time steps in this minibatch, \(D\) is the hidden size.
 size (int) – The dimension of the gru cell.
 param_attr (ParamAttrNone) –
The parameter attribute for the learnable hiddenhidden weight matrix. Note:
 The shape of the weight matrix is \((T \times 3D)\), where \(D\) is the hidden size.
 All elements in the weight matrix can be divided into two parts. The first part are weights of the update gate and reset gate with shape \((D \times 2D)\), and the second part are weights for candidate hidden state with shape \((D \times D)\).
 bias_attr (ParamAttr) – The parameter attribute for learnable the hiddenhidden bias.
 is_reverse (bool) – Whether to compute reversed GRU, default
False
.  gate_activation (str) – The activation for update gate and reset gate. Choices = [“sigmoid”, “tanh”, “relu”, “identity”], default “sigmoid”.
 activation (str) – The activation for candidate hidden state. Choices = [“sigmoid”, “tanh”, “relu”, “identity”], default “tanh”.
Returns: The hidden state of GRU. The shape is \((T \times D)\), and lod is the same with the input.
Return type: Variable
Examples
hidden_dim = 512 x = fluid.layers.fc(input=data, size=hidden_dim * 3) hidden = fluid.layers.dynamic_gru(input=x, dim=hidden_dim)
gru_unit¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
gru_unit
(input, hidden, size, weight=None, bias=None, activation='tanh', gate_activation='sigmoid') GRU unit layer. The equation of a gru step is:
\[ \begin{align}\begin{aligned}u_t & = actGate(xu_{t} + W_u h_{t1} + b_u)\\r_t & = actGate(xr_{t} + W_r h_{t1} + b_r)\\m_t & = actNode(xm_t + W_c dot(r_t, h_{t1}) + b_m)\\h_t & = dot((1u_t), m_t) + dot(u_t, h_{t1})\end{aligned}\end{align} \]The inputs of gru unit includes \(z_t\), \(h_{t1}\). In terms of the equation above, the \(z_t\) is split into 3 parts  \(xu_t\), \(xr_t\) and \(xm_t\). This means that in order to implement a full GRU unit operator for an input, a fully connected layer has to be applied, such that \(z_t = W_{fc}x_t\).
The terms \(u_t\) and \(r_t\) represent the update and reset gates of the GRU cell. Unlike LSTM, GRU has one lesser gate. However, there is an intermediate candidate hidden output, which is denoted by \(m_t\). This layer has three outputs \(h_t\), \(dot(r_t, h_{t1})\) and concatenation of \(u_t\), \(r_t\) and \(m_t\).
Parameters:  input (Variable) – The fc transformed input value of current step.
 hidden (Variable) – The hidden value of lstm unit from previous step.
 size (integer) – The input dimension value.
 weight (ParamAttr) – The weight parameters for gru unit. Default: None
 bias (ParamAttr) – The bias parameters for gru unit. Default: None
 activation (string) – The activation type for cell (actNode). Default: ‘tanh’
 gate_activation (string) – The activation type for gates (actGate). Default: ‘sigmoid’
Returns: The hidden value, resethidden value and gate values.
Return type: tuple
Examples
# assuming we have x_t_data and prev_hidden of size=10 x_t = fluid.layers.fc(input=x_t_data, size=30) hidden_val, r_h_val, gate_val = fluid.layers.gru_unit(input=x_t, hidden = prev_hidden)
linear_chain_crf¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
linear_chain_crf
(input, label, param_attr=None)
crf_decoding¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
crf_decoding
(input, param_attr, label=None)
cos_sim¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
cos_sim
(X, Y) This function performs the cosine similarity between two tensors X and Y and returns that as the output.
cross_entropy¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
cross_entropy
(input, label, soft_label=False) Cross Entropy Layer
This layer computes the cross entropy between input and label. It supports both standard crossentropy and softlabel crossentropy loss computation.
 Onehot crossentropy:
soft_label = False, Label[i, 0] indicates the class index for sample i:
\[Y[i] = \log(X[i, Label[i]])\]
 Softlabel crossentropy:
soft_label = True, Label[i, j] indicates the soft label of class j for sample i:
\[Y[i] = \sum_j{Label[i, j] * log(X[i, j])}\]
Please make sure that in this case the summation of each row of label equals one.
 Onehot crossentropy with vecterized label:
As a special case of 2), when each row of ‘label’ has only one nonzero element which is equal to 1, softlabel crossentropy degenerates to a onehot crossentropy with onehot label representation.
Parameters:  input (Variablelist) – a 2D tensor with shape [N x D], where N is the batch size and D is the number of classes. This input is a probability computed by the previous operator, which is almost always the result of a softmax operator.
 label (Variablelist) – the ground truth which is a 2D tensor. When soft_label is set to False, label is a tensor<int64> with shape [N x 1]. When soft_label is set to True, label is a tensor<float/double> with shape [N x D].
 soft_label (bool) – a flag indicating whether to interpretate the given labels as soft labels, default False.
Returns: A 2D tensor with shape [N x 1], the cross entropy loss.
Raises: ValueError – 1) the 1st dimension of input and label are not equal. 2) when soft_label == True, and the 2nd dimension of
input and label are not equal.
 when soft_label == False, and the 2nd dimension of label is not 1.
Examples
predict = fluid.layers.fc(input=net, size=classdim, act='softmax') cost = fluid.layers.cross_entropy(input=predict, label=label)
square_error_cost¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
square_error_cost
(input, label) Square error cost layer
This layer accepts input predictions and target label and returns the squared error cost.
For predictions, \(X\), and target labels, \(Y\), the equation is:
\[Out = (X  Y)^2\]In the above equation:
 \(X\): Input predictions, a tensor.
 \(Y\): Input labels, a tensor.
 \(Out\): Output value, same shape with \(X\).
Parameters:  input (Variable) – Input tensor, has predictions.
 label (Variable) – Label tensor, has target labels.
Returns: The tensor variable storing the elementwise squared error difference of input and label.
Return type: Variable
Examples
y = layers.data(name='y', shape=[1], dtype='float32') y_predict = layers.data(name='y_predict', shape=[1], dtype='float32') cost = layers.square_error_cost(input=y_predict, label=y)
accuracy¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
accuracy
(input, label, k=1, correct=None, total=None) This function computes the accuracy using the input and label. The output is the top k inputs and their indices.
chunk_eval¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
chunk_eval
(input, label, chunk_scheme, num_chunk_types, excluded_chunk_types=None) This function computes and outputs the precision, recall and F1score of chunk detection.
sequence_conv¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
sequence_conv
(input, num_filters, filter_size=3, filter_stride=1, padding=None, bias_attr=None, param_attr=None, act=None) This function creates the op for sequence_conv, using the inputs and other convolutional configurations for the filters and stride as given in the input parameters to the function.
conv2d¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
conv2d
(input, num_filters, filter_size, stride=1, padding=0, dilation=1, groups=None, param_attr=None, bias_attr=None, use_cudnn=True, use_mkldnn=False, act=None, name=None) Convlution2D Layer
The convolution2D layer calculates the output based on the input, filter and strides, paddings, dilations, groups parameters. Input(Input) and Output(Output) are in NCHW format. Where N is batch size, C is the number of channels, H is the height of the feature, and W is the width of the feature. The details of convolution layer, please refer UFLDL’s convolution, . If bias attribution and activation type are provided, bias is added to the output of the convolution, and the corresponding activation function is applied to the final result.
For each input \(X\), the equation is:
\[Out = \sigma (W \ast X + b)\]In the above equation:
 \(X\): Input value, a tensor with NCHW format.
 \(W\): Filter value, a tensor with MCHW format.
 \(\ast\): Convolution operation.
 \(b\): Bias value, a 2D tensor with shape [M, 1].
 \(\sigma\): Activation function.
 \(Out\): Output value, the shape of \(Out\) and \(X\) may be
 different.
Example
Input:
Input shape: $(N, C_{in}, H_{in}, W_{in})$
Filter shape: $(C_{out}, C_{in}, H_f, W_f)$
Output: Output shape: $(N, C_{out}, H_{out}, W_{out})$
Where
\[\]H_{out}&= frac{(H_{in} + 2 * paddings[0]  (dilations[0] * (H_f  1) + 1))}{strides[0]} + 1 \ W_{out}&= frac{(W_{in} + 2 * paddings[1]  (dilations[1] * (W_f  1) + 1))}{strides[1]} + 1
Parameters:  input (Variable) – The input image with [N, C, H, W] format.
 num_filters (int) – The number of filter. It is as same as the output image channel.
 filter_size (inttupleNone) – The filter size. If filter_size is a tuple, it must contain two integers, (filter_size_H, filter_size_W). Otherwise, the filter will be a square.
 stride (inttuple) – The stride size. If stride is a tuple, it must contain two integers, (stride_H, stride_W). Otherwise, the stride_H = stride_W = stride. Default: stride = 1.
 padding (inttuple) – The padding size. If padding is a tuple, it must contain two integers, (padding_H, padding_W). Otherwise, the padding_H = padding_W = padding. Default: padding = 0.
 dilation (inttuple) – The dilation size. If dilation is a tuple, it must contain two integers, (dilation_H, dilation_W). Otherwise, the dilation_H = dilation_W = dilation. Default: dilation = 1.
 groups (int) – The groups number of the Conv2d Layer. According to grouped convolution in Alex Krizhevsky’s Deep CNN paper: when group=2, the first half of the filters is only connected to the first half of the input channels, while the second half of the filters is only connected to the second half of the input channels. Default: groups=1
 param_attr (ParamAttr) – The parameters to the Conv2d Layer. Default: None
 bias_attr (ParamAttr) – Bias parameter for the Conv2d layer. Default: None
 use_cudnn (bool) – Use cudnn kernel or not, it is valid only when the cudnn library is installed. Default: True
 act (str) – Activation type. Default: None
 name (strNone) – A name for this layer(optional). If set None, the layer will be named automatically.
Returns: The tensor variable storing the convolution and nonlinearity activation result.
Return type: Variable
Raises: ValueError
– If the shapes of input, filter_size, stride, padding and groups mismatch.Examples
data = fluid.layers.data( name='data', shape=[3, 32, 32], dtype='float32') conv2d = fluid.layers.conv2d( input=data, num_filters=2, filter_size=3, act="relu")
sequence_pool¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
sequence_pool
(input, pool_type) This function add the operator for sequence pooling. It pools features of all timesteps of each instance, and is applied on top of the input using pool_type mentioned in the parameters.
It supports four pool_type:
 average: \(Out[i] = \frac{\sum_i X_i}{N}\)
 sum: \(Out[i] = \sum_jX_{ij}\)
 sqrt: \(Out[i] = \frac{\sum_jX_{ij}}{\sqrt{len(X_i)}}\)
 max: \(Out[i] = max(X_i)\)
x is a 1level LoDTensor: x.lod = [[0, 2, 5, 7]] x.data = [1, 3, 2, 4, 6, 5, 1] x.dims = [7, 1] then output is a Tensor: out.dim = [3, 1] with condition len(x.lod[1])  1 == out.dims[0] for different pool_type: average: out.data = [2, 4, 3], where 2=(1+3)/2, 4=(2+4+6)/3, 3=(5+1)/2 sum : out.data = [4, 12, 6], where 4=1+3, 12=2+4+6, 6=5+1 sqrt : out.data = [2.82, 6.93, 4.24], where 2.82=(1+3)/sqrt(2), 6.93=(2+4+6)/sqrt(3), 4.24=(5+1)/sqrt(2) max : out.data = [3, 6, 5], where 3=max(1,3), 6=max(2,4,6), 5=max(5,1)
Parameters:  input (variable) – The input variable which is a LoDTensor.
 pool_type (string) – The pooling type of sequence_pool. It supports average, sum, sqrt and max.
Returns: The sequence pooling variable which is a Tensor.
Examples
x = fluid.layers.data(name='x', shape=[7, 1], dtype='float32', lod_level=1) avg_x = fluid.layers.sequence_pool(input=x, pool_type='average') sum_x = fluid.layers.sequence_pool(input=x, pool_type='sum') sqrt_x = fluid.layers.sequence_pool(input=x, pool_type='sqrt') max_x = fluid.layers.sequence_pool(input=x, pool_type='max')
pool2d¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
pool2d
(input, pool_size=1, pool_type='max', pool_stride=1, pool_padding=0, global_pooling=False, use_cudnn=True, ceil_mode=False, use_mkldnn=False, name=None) This function adds the operator for pooling in 2 dimensions, using the pooling configurations mentioned in input parameters.
batch_norm¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
batch_norm
(input, act=None, is_test=False, momentum=0.9, epsilon=1e05, param_attr=None, bias_attr=None, data_layout='NCHW', in_place=False, name=None, moving_mean_name=None, moving_variance_name=None, do_model_average_for_mean_and_var=False) This function helps create an operator to implement the BatchNorm layer using the configurations from the input parameters.
layer_norm¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
layer_norm
(input, scale=True, shift=True, begin_norm_axis=1, epsilon=1e05, param_attr=None, bias_attr=None, act=None, name=None) Layer Normalization
Assume feature vectors exist on dimensions
begin_norm_axis ... rank(input)
and calculate the moment statistics along these dimensions for each feature vector \(a\) with size \(H\), then normalize each feature vector using the corresponding statistics. After that, apply learnable gain and bias on the normalized tensor to scale and shift ifscale
andshift
are set.Refer to Layer Normalization
The formula is as follows:
\[ \begin{align}\begin{aligned}\mu & = \frac{1}{H}\sum_{i=1}^{H} a_i\\\sigma & = \sqrt{\frac{1}{H}\sum_{i=1}^{H}(a_i  \mu)^2}\\h & = f(\frac{g}{\sigma}(a  \mu) + b)\end{aligned}\end{align} \]Parameters:  input (Variable) – The input tensor variable.
 scale (bool) – Whether to learn the adaptive gain \(g\) after normalization.
 shift (bool) – Whether to learn the adaptive bias \(b\) after normalization.
 begin_norm_axis (bool) – The normalization will be performed along
dimensions from
begin_norm_axis
torank(input)
.  epsilon (float) – The small value added to the variance to prevent division by zero.
 param_attr (ParamAttrNone) – The parameter attribute for the learnable gain \(g\).
 bias_attr (ParamAttrNone) – The parameter attribute for the learnable bias \(b\).
 act (str) – Activation to be applied to the output of layer normalizaiton.
Returns: A tensor variable with the same shape as the input.
Return type: Variable
Examples
data = fluid.layers.data( name='data', shape=[3, 32, 32], dtype='float32') x = fluid.layers.layer_norm(input=data, begin_norm_axis=1)
beam_search_decode¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
beam_search_decode
(ids, scores, name=None)
conv2d_transpose¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
conv2d_transpose
(input, num_filters, output_size=None, filter_size=None, padding=0, stride=1, dilation=1, param_attr=None, bias_attr=None, use_cudnn=True, act=None, name=None) Convlution2D transpose layer
The convolution2D transpose layer calculates the output based on the input, filter, and dilations, strides, paddings. Input(Input) and output(Output) are in NCHW format. Where N is batch size, C is the number of channels, H is the height of the feature, and W is the width of the feature. Parameters(dilations, strides, paddings) are two elements. These two elements represent height and width, respectively. The details of convolution transpose layer, please refer to the following explanation and references therein.
For each input \(X\), the equation is:
\[Out = W \ast X\]In the above equation:
 \(X\): Input value, a tensor with NCHW format.
 \(W\): Filter value, a tensor with MCHW format.
 \(\ast\) : Convolution transpose operation.
 \(Out\): Output value, the shape of \(Out\) and \(X\) may be
 different.
Example
Input:
Input shape: $(N, C_{in}, H_{in}, W_{in})$
Filter shape: $(C_{in}, C_{out}, H_f, W_f)$
Output:
Output shape: $(N, C_{out}, H_{out}, W_{out})$
Where
\[\begin{split}H_{out} &= (H_{in}  1) * strides[0]  2 * paddings[0] + dilations[0] * (H_f  1) + 1 \\ W_{out} &= (W_{in}  1) * strides[1]  2 * paddings[1] + dilations[1] * (W_f  1) + 1\end{split}\]Parameters:  input (Variable) – The input image with [N, C, H, W] format.
 num_filters (int) – The number of the filter. It is as same as the output image channel.
 output_size (inttupleNone) – The output image size. If output size is a tuple, it must contain two integers, (image_H, image_W). This parameter only works when filter_size is None.
 filter_size (inttupleNone) – The filter size. If filter_size is a tuple, it must contain two integers, (filter_size_H, filter_size_W). Otherwise, the filter will be a square. None if use output size to calculate filter_size.
 padding (inttuple) – The padding size. If padding is a tuple, it must contain two integers, (padding_H, padding_W). Otherwise, the padding_H = padding_W = padding. Default: padding = 0.
 stride (inttuple) – The stride size. If stride is a tuple, it must contain two integers, (stride_H, stride_W). Otherwise, the stride_H = stride_W = stride. Default: stride = 1.
 dilation (inttuple) – The dilation size. If dilation is a tuple, it must contain two integers, (dilation_H, dilation_W). Otherwise, the dilation_H = dilation_W = dilation. Default: dilation = 1.
 param_attr (ParamAttr) – The parameters to the Conv2d_transpose Layer. Default: None
 bias_attr (ParamAttr) – Bias parameter for the Conv2d layer. Default: None
 use_cudnn (bool) – Use cudnn kernel or not, it is valid only when the cudnn library is installed. Default: True
 act (str) – Activation type. Default: None
 name (strNone) – A name for this layer(optional). If set None, the layer will be named automatically.
Returns: The tensor variable storing the convolution transpose result.
Return type: Variable
Raises: ValueError
– If the shapes of input, filter_size, stride, padding and groups mismatch.Examples
data = fluid.layers.data( name='data', shape=[3, 32, 32], dtype='float32') conv2d_transpose = fluid.layers.conv2d_transpose( input=data, num_filters=2, filter_size=3)
sequence_expand¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
sequence_expand
(x, y, ref_level=1, name=None) Sequence Expand Layer. This layer will expand the input variable x according to specified level lod of y. Please note that lod level of x is at most 1 and rank of x is at least 2. When rank of x is greater than 2, then it would be viewed as a 2D tensor. Following examples will explain how sequence_expand works:
* Case 1 x is a LoDTensor: x.lod = [[0, 2, 4]] x.data = [[a], [b], [c], [d]] x.dims = [4, 1] y is a LoDTensor: y.lod = [[0, 2, 4], [0, 3, 6, 7, 8]] ref_level: 0 then output is a 1level LoDTensor: out.lod = [[0, 2, 4, 6, 8]] out.data = [[a], [b], [a], [b], [c], [d], [c], [d]] out.dims = [8, 1] * Case 2 x is a Tensor: x.data = [[a], [b], [c]] x.dims = [3, 1] y is a LoDTensor: y.lod = [[0, 2, 2, 5]] ref_level: 1 then output is a Tensor: out.data = [[a], [a], [c], [c], [c]] out.dims = [5, 1]
Parameters:  x (Variable) – The input variable which is a Tensor or LoDTensor.
 y (Variable) – The input variable which is a LoDTensor.
 ref_level (int) – Lod level of y to be referred by x. If set to 1, refer the last level of lod.
 name (strNone) – A name for this layer(optional). If set None, the layer will be named automatically.
Returns: The expanded variable which is a LoDTensor.
Return type: Variable
Examples
x = fluid.layers.data(name='x', shape=[10], dtype='float32') y = fluid.layers.data(name='y', shape=[10, 20], dtype='float32', lod_level=1) out = layers.sequence_expand(x=x, y=y, ref_level=0)
lstm_unit¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
lstm_unit
(x_t, hidden_t_prev, cell_t_prev, forget_bias=0.0, param_attr=None, bias_attr=None, name=None) Lstm unit layer. The equation of a lstm step is:
\[ \begin{align}\begin{aligned}i_t & = \sigma(W_{x_i}x_{t} + W_{h_i}h_{t1} + b_i)\\f_t & = \sigma(W_{x_f}x_{t} + W_{h_f}h_{t1} + b_f)\\c_t & = f_tc_{t1} + i_t tanh (W_{x_c}x_t + W_{h_c}h_{t1} + b_c)\\o_t & = \sigma(W_{x_o}x_{t} + W_{h_o}h_{t1} + b_o)\\h_t & = o_t tanh(c_t)\end{aligned}\end{align} \]The inputs of lstm unit include \(x_t\), \(h_{t1}\) and \(c_{t1}\). The 2nd dimensions of \(h_{t1}\) and \(c_{t1}\) should be same. The implementation separates the linear transformation and nonlinear transformation apart. Here, we take \(i_t\) as an example. The linear transformation is applied by calling a fc layer and the equation is:
\[L_{i_t} = W_{x_i}x_{t} + W_{h_i}h_{t1} + b_i\]The nonlinear transformation is applied by calling lstm_unit_op and the equation is:
\[i_t = \sigma(L_{i_t})\]This layer has two outputs including \(h_t\) and \(o_t\).
Parameters:  x_t (Variable) – The input value of current step, a 2D tensor with shape M x N, M for batch size and N for input size.
 hidden_t_prev (Variable) – The hidden value of lstm unit, a 2D tensor with shape M x S, M for batch size and S for size of lstm unit.
 cell_t_prev (Variable) – The cell value of lstm unit, a 2D tensor with shape M x S, M for batch size and S for size of lstm unit.
 forget_bias (float) – The forget bias of lstm unit.
 param_attr (ParamAttr) – The attributes of parameter weights, used to set initializer, name etc.
 bias_attr (ParamAttr) – The attributes of bias weights, if not False, bias weights will be created and be set to default value.
 name (strNone) – A name for this layer(optional). If set None, the layer will be named automatically.
Returns: The hidden value and cell value of lstm unit.
Return type: tuple
Raises: ValueError
– The ranks of x_t, hidden_t_prev and cell_t_prev not be 2 or the 1st dimensions of x_t, hidden_t_prev and cell_t_prev not be the same or the 2nd dimensions of hidden_t_prev and cell_t_prev not be the same.Examples
x_t = fluid.layers.fc(input=x_t_data, size=10) prev_hidden = fluid.layers.fc(input=prev_hidden_data, size=30) prev_cell = fluid.layers.fc(input=prev_cell_data, size=30) hidden_value, cell_value = fluid.layers.lstm_unit(x_t=x_t, hidden_t_prev=prev_hidden, cell_t_prev=prev_cell)
reduce_sum¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
reduce_sum
(input, dim=None, keep_dim=False, name=None) Computes the sum of tensor elements over the given dimension.
Parameters:  input (Variable) – The input variable which is a Tensor or LoDTensor.
 dim (intNone) – The dimension along which the sum is performed. If
None
, sum all elements ofinput
and return a Tensor variable with a single element, otherwise must be in the range \([rank(input), rank(input))\). If \(dim < 0\), the dimension to reduce is \(rank + dim\).  keep_dim (boolFalse) – Whether to reserve the reduced dimension in the
output Tensor. The result tensor will have one fewer dimension
than the
input
unlesskeep_dim
is true.  name (strNone) – A name for this layer(optional). If set None, the layer will be named automatically.
Returns: The reduced Tensor variable.
Return type: Variable
Examples
# x is a Tensor variable with following elements: # [[0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 0.9] # [0.1, 0.2, 0.6, 0.7]] # Each example is followed by the correspending output tensor. fluid.layers.reduce_sum(x) # [3.5] fluid.layers.reduce_sum(x, dim=0) # [0.3, 0.5, 1.1, 1.6] fluid.layers.reduce_sum(x, dim=1) # [1.9, 1.6] fluid.layers.reduce_sum(x, dim=1, keep_dim=True) # [[1.9], [1.6]]
reduce_mean¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
reduce_mean
(input, dim=None, keep_dim=False, name=None) Computes the mean of tensor elements over the given dimension.
Parameters:  input (Variable) – The input variable which is a Tensor or LoDTensor.
 dim (intNone) – The dimension along which the mean is computed. If
None
, compute the mean over all elements ofinput
and return a Tensor variable with a single element, otherwise must be in the range \([rank(input), rank(input))\). If \(dim < 0\), the dimension to reduce is \(rank + dim\).  keep_dim (bool) – Whether to reserve the reduced dimension in the
output Tensor. The result tensor will have one fewer dimension
than the
input
unlesskeep_dim
is true.  name (strNone) – A name for this layer(optional). If set None, the layer will be named automatically.
Returns: The reduced Tensor variable.
Return type: Variable
Examples
# x is a Tensor variable with following elements: # [[0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 0.9] # [0.1, 0.2, 0.6, 0.7]] # Each example is followed by the correspending output tensor. fluid.layers.reduce_mean(x) # [0.4375] fluid.layers.reduce_mean(x, dim=0) # [0.15, 0.25, 0.55, 0.8] fluid.layers.reduce_mean(x, dim=1) # [0.475, 0.4] fluid.layers.reduce_mean(x, dim=1, keep_dim=True) # [[0.475], [0.4]]
reduce_max¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
reduce_max
(input, dim=None, keep_dim=False, name=None) Computes the maximum of tensor elements over the given dimension.
Parameters:  input (Variable) – The input variable which is a Tensor or LoDTensor.
 dim (intNone) – The dimension along which the maximum is computed.
If
None
, compute the maximum over all elements ofinput
and return a Tensor variable with a single element, otherwise must be in the range \([rank(input), rank(input))\). If \(dim < 0\), the dimension to reduce is \(rank + dim\).  keep_dim (bool) – Whether to reserve the reduced dimension in the
output Tensor. The result tensor will have one fewer dimension
than the
input
unlesskeep_dim
is true.  name (strNone) – A name for this layer(optional). If set None, the layer will be named automatically.
Returns: The reduced Tensor variable.
Return type: Variable
Examples
# x is a Tensor variable with following elements: # [[0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 0.9] # [0.1, 0.2, 0.6, 0.7]] # Each example is followed by the correspending output tensor. fluid.layers.reduce_max(x) # [0.9] fluid.layers.reduce_max(x, dim=0) # [0.2, 0.3, 0.6, 0.9] fluid.layers.reduce_max(x, dim=1) # [0.9, 0.7] fluid.layers.reduce_max(x, dim=1, keep_dim=True) # [[0.9], [0.7]]
reduce_min¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
reduce_min
(input, dim=None, keep_dim=False, name=None) Computes the minimum of tensor elements over the given dimension.
Parameters:  input (Variable) – The input variable which is a Tensor or LoDTensor.
 dim (intNone) – The dimension along which the minimum is computed.
If
None
, compute the minimum over all elements ofinput
and return a Tensor variable with a single element, otherwise must be in the range \([rank(input), rank(input))\). If \(dim < 0\), the dimension to reduce is \(rank + dim\).  keep_dim (bool) – Whether to reserve the reduced dimension in the
output Tensor. The result tensor will have one fewer dimension
than the
input
unlesskeep_dim
is true.  name (strNone) – A name for this layer(optional). If set None, the layer will be named automatically.
Returns: The reduced Tensor variable.
Return type: Variable
Examples
# x is a Tensor variable with following elements: # [[0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 0.9] # [0.1, 0.2, 0.6, 0.7]] # Each example is followed by the correspending output tensor. fluid.layers.reduce_min(x) # [0.1] fluid.layers.reduce_min(x, dim=0) # [0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 0.7] fluid.layers.reduce_min(x, dim=1) # [0.2, 0.1] fluid.layers.reduce_min(x, dim=1, keep_dim=True) # [[0.2], [0.1]]
sequence_first_step¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
sequence_first_step
(input) This funciton get the first step of sequence.
x is a 1level LoDTensor: x.lod = [[0, 2, 5, 7]] x.data = [1, 3, 2, 4, 6, 5, 1] x.dims = [7, 1] then output is a Tensor: out.dim = [3, 1] with condition len(x.lod[1])  1 == out.dims[0] out.data = [1, 2, 5], where 1=first(1,3), 2=first(2,4,6), 5=first(5,1)
Parameters: input (variable) – The input variable which is a LoDTensor. Returns: The sequence’s first step variable which is a Tensor. Examples
x = fluid.layers.data(name='x', shape=[7, 1], dtype='float32', lod_level=1) x_first_step = fluid.layers.sequence_first_step(input=x)
sequence_last_step¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
sequence_last_step
(input) This funciton get the last step of sequence.
x is a 1level LoDTensor: x.lod = [[0, 2, 5, 7]] x.data = [1, 3, 2, 4, 6, 5, 1] x.dims = [7, 1] then output is a Tensor: out.dim = [3, 1] with condition len(x.lod[1])  1 == out.dims[0] out.data = [3, 6, 1], where 3=last(1,3), 6=last(2,4,6), 1=last(5,1)
Parameters: input (variable) – The input variable which is a LoDTensor. Returns: The sequence’s last step variable which is a Tensor. Examples
x = fluid.layers.data(name='x', shape=[7, 1], dtype='float32', lod_level=1) x_last_step = fluid.layers.sequence_last_step(input=x)
dropout¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
dropout
(x, dropout_prob, is_test=False, seed=None) Computes dropout.
Drop or keep each element of x independently. Dropout is a regularization technique for reducing overfitting by preventing neuron coadaption during training. The dropout operator randomly set (according to the given dropout probability) the outputs of some units to zero, while others are remain unchanged.
Parameters:  x (variable) – The input tensor.
 dropout_prob (float) – Probability of setting units to zero.
 is_test (bool) – A flag indicating whether it is in test phrase or not.
 seed (int) – A Python integer used to create random seeds. If this parameter is set to None, a random seed is used. NOTE: If an integer seed is given, always the same output units will be dropped. DO NOT use a fixed seed in training.
Returns: A tensor variable.
Return type: Variable
Examples
x = fluid.layers.data(name="data", shape=[32, 32], dtype="float32") droped = fluid.layers.dropout(input=x, dropout_rate=0.5)
split¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
split
(input, num_or_sections, dim=1, name=None) Split the input tensor into multiple subtensors.
Parameters:  input (Variable) – The input variable which is a Tensor or LoDTensor.
 num_or_sections (intlist) – If
num_or_sections
is an integer, then the integer indicates the number of equal sized subtensors that the tensor will be divided into. Ifnum_or_sections
is a list of integers, the length of list indicates the number of subtensors and the integers indicate the sizes of subtensors’dim
dimension orderly.  dim (int) – The dimension along which to split. If \(dim < 0\), the dimension to split along is \(rank(input) + dim\).
 name (strNone) – A name for this layer(optional). If set None, the layer will be named automatically.
Returns: The list of segmented tensor variables.
Return type: List
Examples
# x is a Tensor variable with shape [3, 9, 5]: x0, x1, x2 = fluid.layers.split(x, num_or_sections=3, dim=1) x0.shape # [3, 3, 5] x1.shape # [3, 3, 5] x2.shape # [3, 3, 5] x0, x1, x2 = fluid.layers.split(x, num_or_sections=[2, 3, 4], dim=1) x0.shape # [3, 2, 5] x1.shape # [3, 3, 5] x2.shape # [3, 4, 5]
ctc_greedy_decoder¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
ctc_greedy_decoder
(input, blank, name=None) This op is used to decode sequences by greedy policy by below steps: 1. Get the indexes of max value for each row in input. a.k.a.
numpy.argmax(input, axis=0). For each sequence in result of step1, merge repeated tokens between two blanks and delete all blanks.
A simple example as below:
Given: input.data = [[0.6, 0.1, 0.3, 0.1], [0.3, 0.2, 0.4, 0.1], [0.1, 0.5, 0.1, 0.3], [0.5, 0.1, 0.3, 0.1], [0.5, 0.1, 0.3, 0.1], [0.2, 0.2, 0.2, 0.4], [0.2, 0.2, 0.1, 0.5], [0.5, 0.1, 0.3, 0.1]] input.lod = [[0, 4, 8]] Then: output.data = [[2], [1], [3]] output.lod = [[0, 2, 3]]
Parameters:  input (Variable) – (LoDTensor<float>), the probabilities of variablelength sequences, which is a 2D Tensor with LoD information. It’s shape is [Lp, num_classes + 1], where Lp is the sum of all input sequences’ length and num_classes is the true number of classes. (not including the blank label).
 blank (int) – the blank label index of Connectionist Temporal Classification (CTC) loss, which is in thehalfopened interval [0, num_classes + 1).
Returns: CTC greedy decode result. If all the sequences in result were empty, the result LoDTensor will be [1] with LoD [[0]] and dims [1, 1].
Return type: Variable
Examples
x = fluid.layers.data(name='x', shape=[8], dtype='float32') cost = fluid.layers.ctc_greedy_decoder(input=x, blank=0)
edit_distance¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
edit_distance
(input, label, normalized=True, ignored_tokens=None, name=None) EditDistance operator computes the edit distances between a batch of hypothesis strings and their references. Edit distance, also called Levenshtein distance, measures how dissimilar two strings are by counting the minimum number of operations to transform one string into anthor. Here the operations include insertion, deletion, and substitution.
For example, given hypothesis string A = “kitten” and reference B = “sitting”, the edit distance is 3 for A will be transformed into B at least after two substitutions and one insertion:
“kitten” > “sitten” > “sittin” > “sitting”
Input(Hyps) is a LoDTensor consisting of all the hypothesis strings with the total number denoted by batch_size, and the separation is specified by the LoD information. And the batch_size reference strings are arranged in order in the same way in the LoDTensor Input(Refs).
Output(Out) contains the batch_size results and each stands for the edit distance for a pair of strings respectively. If Attr(normalized) is true, the edit distance will be divided by the length of reference string.
Parameters:  input (Variable) – The indices for hypothesis strings.
 label (Variable) – The indices for reference strings.
 normalized (bool) – Indicated whether to normalize the edit distance by the length of reference string.
 ignored_tokens (list of int) – Tokens that should be removed before calculating edit distance.
Returns: sequencetosequence edit distance in shape [batch_size, 1].
Return type: Variable
Examples
x = fluid.layers.data(name='x', shape=[8], dtype='float32') y = fluid.layers.data(name='y', shape=[7], dtype='float32') cost = fluid.layers.edit_distance(input=x,label=y)
l2_normalize¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
l2_normalize
(x, axis, epsilon=1e12, name=None) L2 normalize Layer
The l2 normalize layer normalizes x along dimension axis using an L2 norm. For a 1D tensor (dim is fixed to 0), this layer computes
output = x / sqrt(max(sum(x**2), epsilon))
For x with more dimensions, this layer independently normalizes each 1D slice along dimension axis.
Parameters:  x (Variablelist) – The input tensor to l2_normalize layer.
 axis (int) – Dimension along which to normalize the input.
 epsilon (float) – A lower bound value for x‘s l2 norm. sqrt(epsilon) will be used as the divisor if the l2 norm of x is less than sqrt(epsilon).
 name (strNone) – A name for this layer(optional). If set None, the layer will be named automatically.
Returns: The output tensor variable.
Return type: Variable
Examples
data = fluid.layers.data(name="data", shape=(3, 17, 13), dtype="float32") normed = fluid.layers.l2_normalize(x=data, axis=1)
matmul¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
matmul
(x, y, transpose_x=False, transpose_y=False, name=None) Applies matrix multiplication to two tensors.
Currently, the input tensors’ rank can be any, but when the rank of any inputs is bigger than 3, this two inputs’ rank should be equal.
The actual behavior depends on the shapes of \(x\), \(y\) and the flag values of
transpose_x
,transpose_y
. Specifically: If a transpose flag is specified, the last two dimensions of the tensor are transposed. If the tensor is rank1 of shape \([D]\), then for \(x\) it is treated as \([1, D]\) in nontransposed form and as \([D, 1]\) in transposed form, whereas for \(y\) it is the opposite: It is treated as \([D, 1]\) in nontransposed form and as \([1, D]\) in transposed form.
 After transpose, the two tensors are 2D or nD and matrix multiplication
performs in the following way.
 If both are 2D, they are multiplied like conventional matrices.
 If either is nD, it is treated as a stack of matrices residing in the last two dimensions and a batched matrix multiply supporting broadcast applies on the two tensors.
Also note that if the raw tensor \(x\) or \(y\) is rank1 and nontransposed, the prepended or appended dimension \(1\) will be removed after matrix multiplication.
Parameters:  x (Variable) – The input variable which is a Tensor or LoDTensor.
 y (Variable) – The input variable which is a Tensor or LoDTensor.
 transpose_x (bool) – Whether to transpose \(x\) before multiplication.
 transpose_y (bool) – Whether to transpose \(y\) before multiplication.
 name (strNone) – A name for this layer(optional). If set None, the layer will be named automatically.
Returns: The product Tensor variable.
Return type: Variable
Examples
# Examples to clarify shapes of the inputs and output # x: [B, ..., M, K], y: [B, ..., K, N] fluid.layers.matmul(x, y) # out: [B, ..., M, N] # x: [B, M, K], y: [B, K, N] fluid.layers.matmul(x, y) # out: [B, M, N] # x: [B, M, K], y: [K, N] fluid.layers.matmul(x, y) # out: [B, M, N] # x: [M, K], y: [K, N] fluid.layers.matmul(x, y) # out: [M, N] # x: [B, M, K], y: [K] fluid.layers.matmul(x, y) # out: [B, M] # x: [K], y: [K] fluid.layers.matmul(x, y) # out: [1] # x: [M], y: [N] fluid.layers.matmul(x, y, True, True) # out: [M, N]
warpctc¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
warpctc
(input, label, blank=0, norm_by_times=False) An operator integrating the open source WarpCTC library (https://github.com/baiduresearch/warpctc) to compute Connectionist Temporal Classification (CTC) loss. It can be aliased as softmax with CTC, since a native softmax activation is interated to the WarpCTC library, to to normlize values for each row of the input tensor.
Parameters:  input (Variable) – (LodTensor, default: LoDTensor<float>), the unscaled probabilities of variablelength sequences, which is a 2D Tensor with LoD information. It’s shape is [Lp, num_classes + 1], where Lp is the sum of all input sequences’ length and num_classes is the true number of classes. (not including the blank label).
 label (Variable) – (LodTensor, default: LoDTensor<int>), the ground truth of variablelength sequence, which is a 2D Tensor with LoD information. It is of the shape [Lg, 1], where Lg is th sum of all labels’ length.
 blank – (int, default: 0), the blank label index of Connectionist Temporal Classification (CTC) loss, which is in the halfopened interval [0, num_classes + 1).
 norm_by_times – (bool, default: false), whether to normalize
 gradients by the number of timestep, which is also the (the) –
 length. There is no need to normalize the gradients (sequence's) –
 warpctc layer was follewed by a mean_op. (if) –
Returns: The Connectionist Temporal Classification (CTC) loss, which is a 2D Tensor of the shape [batch_size, 1].
Return type: Variable
Examples
sequence_reshape¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
sequence_reshape
(input, new_dim) Sequence Reshape Layer
This layer will rearrange the input sequences. The new dimension is set by user. Length of each sequence is computed according to original length, original dimension and new dimension. The following example will help to illustrate the function of this layer:
x is a LoDTensor: x.lod = [[0, 2, 6]] x.data = [[1, 2], [3, 4], [5, 6], [7, 8], [9, 10], [11, 12]] x.dims = [6, 2] set new_dim = 4 then out is a LoDTensor: out.lod = [[0, 1, 3]] out.data = [[1, 2, 3, 4], [5, 6, 7, 8], [9, 10, 11, 12]] out.dims = [3, 4]
Currently, only 1level LoDTensor is supported and please make sure (original length * original dimension) can be divided by new dimension with no remainder for each sequence.
Parameters:  input (Variable) – (LodTensor, default: LoDTensor<float>), a 2D LoDTensor with shape being [N, M] where M for dimension.
 new_dim (int) – New dimension which the input LoDTensor is reshaped to.
Returns: Reshaped LoDTensor according to new dimension.
Return type: Variable
Examples
x = fluid.layers.data(name='x', shape=[5, 20], dtype='float32', lod_level=1) x_reshaped = layers.sequence_reshape(input=x, new_dim=10)
transpose¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
transpose
(x, perm, name=None) transpose Layer
Permute the dimensions of input according to perm.
The ith dimension of the returned tensor will correspond to the perm[i]th dimension of input.
Parameters:  input (Variable) – (Tensor), A Tensor.
 perm (list) – A permutation of the dimensions of input.
Returns: A transposed Tensor.
Return type: Variable
Examples
x = fluid.layers.data(name='x', shape=[5, 10, 15], dtype='float32') x_transposed = layers.transpose(x, perm=[1, 0, 2])
im2sequence¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
im2sequence
(input, filter_size=1, stride=1, padding=0, name=None) Extracts image patches from the input tensor to form a tensor of shape {input.batch_size * output_height * output_width, filter_size_H * filter_size_W * input.channels} which is similar with im2col. This op use filter / kernel to scan images and convert these images to sequences. After expanding, the number of time step are output_height * output_width for an image, in which output_height and output_width are calculated by below equation:
\[output\_size = 1 + (2 * padding + img\_size  block\_size + stride  1) / stride\]And the dimension of each time step is block_y * block_x * input.channels.
Parameters:  input (Variable) – The input should be a tensor in NCHW format.
 filter_size (inttupleNone) – The filter size. If filter_size is a tuple, it must contain two integers, (filter_size_H, filter_size_W). Otherwise, the filter will be a square.
 stride (inttuple) – The stride size. If stride is a tuple, it must contain two integers, (stride_H, stride_W). Otherwise, the stride_H = stride_W = stride. Default: stride = 1.
 padding (inttuple) – The padding size. If padding is a tuple, it can contain two integers like (padding_H, padding_W) which means padding_up = padding_down = padding_H and padding_left = padding_right = padding_W. Or it can use (padding_up, padding_left, padding_down, padding_right) to indicate paddings of four direction. Otherwise, a scalar padding means padding_up = padding_down = padding_left = padding_right = padding Default: padding = 0.
 name (int) – The name of this layer. It is optional.
Returns: The output is a LoDTensor with shape {input.batch_size * output_height * output_width, filter_size_H * filter_size_W * input.channels}. If we regard output as a matrix, each row of this matrix is a step of a sequence.
Return type: output
Examples:
As an example:
Given: x = [[[[ 6. 2. 1.] [ 8. 3. 5.] [ 0. 2. 6.]] [[ 2. 4. 4.] [ 6. 3. 0.] [ 6. 4. 7.]]] [[[ 6. 7. 1.] [ 5. 7. 9.] [ 2. 4. 8.]] [[ 1. 2. 1.] [ 1. 3. 5.] [ 9. 0. 8.]]]] x.dims = {2, 2, 3, 3} And: filter = [2, 2] stride = [1, 1] padding = [0, 0] Then: output.data = [[ 6. 2. 8. 3. 2. 4. 6. 3.] [ 2. 1. 3. 5. 4. 4. 3. 0.] [ 8. 3. 0. 2. 6. 3. 6. 4.] [ 3. 5. 2. 6. 3. 0. 4. 7.] [ 6. 7. 5. 7. 1. 2. 1. 3.] [ 7. 1. 7. 9. 2. 1. 3. 5.] [ 5. 7. 2. 4. 1. 3. 9. 0.] [ 7. 9. 4. 8. 3. 5. 0. 8.]] output.dims = {8, 9} output.lod = [[0, 4, 8]]
The simple usage is:
output = fluid.layers.im2sequence( input=layer, stride=[1, 1], filter_size=[2, 2])
nce¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
nce
(input, label, num_total_classes, sample_weight=None, param_attr=None, bias_attr=None, num_neg_samples=None) Compute and return the noisecontrastive estimation training loss. See [Noisecontrastive estimation: A new estimation principle for unnormalized statistical models](http://www.jmlr.org/proceedings/papers/v9/gutmann10a/gutmann10a.pdf). By default this operator uses a uniform distribution for sampling.
Parameters:  input – (Tensor) A tensor of shape [batch_size, dim]. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 label – (Tensor) A tensor of shape [batch_size, num_true_class]. ‘num_true_class’ is the number of target classes in each sample.The number of target classes per sample should be same. If you have a variable number of target classes, you can pad them out to a constant number by either repeating them or by padding with an otherwise unused class.) Duplicable: False Optional: False
 weight – (Tensor) A tensor of shape [num_class, dim]. ‘num_class’ is the total number of class. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 bias – (Tensor) A tensor of shape [num_class, 1]. ‘num_class’ is the total number of class. It is a dispensable input. Duplicable: False Optional: True
 sample_weight – (Tensor) A tensor of shape [batch_size, 1] storing a weight for each sample. And it is a dispensable input. The default value of sample is 1. Duplicable: False Optional: True
 num_total_classes (INT) – Total number of classes in all samples.
 num_neg_samples (INT) – The number of negative classes. The default value is 10.
 custom_neg_classes (INTS) – This attribute only be used in unitest. Classes in this list wiil be used as negative classes for every samples. Under normal conditions, user should avoid setting this attribute.
Returns: (Tensor) A tensor of shape [batch_size, 1]. Cost of samples.
beam_search¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
beam_search
(pre_ids, ids, scores, beam_size, end_id, level=0) This function implements the beam search algorithm.
row_conv¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
row_conv
(input, future_context_size, param_attr=None, act=None) Row Conv Operator. This layer will apply lookahead convolution to input. The input variable should be a 2D LoDTensor with shape [T, D]. Parameters with shape [future_context_size + 1, D] will be created. The math equation of row convolution is as follows:
\[Out_{i} = \sum_{j = i} ^ {i + \tau} X_{j} \odot W_{i  j}\]In the above equation:
 \(Out_{i}\): The ith row of output variable with shape [1, D].
 \(\tau\): Future context size.
 \(X_{j}\): The jth row of input variable with shape [1, D].
 \(W_{ij}\): The (ij)th row of parameters with shape [1, D].
More details about row_conv please refer to the paper (http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dyogatam/papers/wang+etal.iclrworkshop2016.pdf) and the design document (https://github.com/PaddlePaddle/Paddle/issues/2228#issuecomment303903645).
Parameters:  input (Variable) – Input variable, a 2D LoDTensor with shape [T, D].
 future_context_size (int) – Future context size. Please note, the shape of convolution kernel is [future_context_size + 1, D].
 param_attr (ParamAttr) – Attributes of parameters, including name, initializer etc.
 act (str) – Nonlinear activation to be applied to output variable.
Returns: The output tensor with same shape as input tensor.
Return type: Variable
Examples
x = fluid.layers.data(name='x', shape=[16], dtype='float32', lod_level=1) out = fluid.layers.row_conv(input=x, future_context_size=2)
multiplex¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
multiplex
(inputs, index) Multiplex Layer
Referring to the given index variable, this layer selects rows from the input variables to construct a multiplex variable. Assuming that there are \(m\) input variables and \(I_i\) represents the ith input variable and \(i\) is in [0, \(m\)). All input variables are tensors with same shape [\(d_0\), \(d_1\), ..., \(d_R\)]. Please note that rank of the input tensor should be at least 2. Each input variable will be treated as a 2D matrix with shape [\(M\), \(N\)] where \(M\) for \(d_0\) and \(N\) for \(d_1\) * \(d_2\) * ... * \(d_R\). Let \(I_i[j]\) be the jth row of the ith input variable. The given index variable should be a 2D tensor with shape [\(M\), 1]. Let ID[i] be the ith index value of the index variable. Then the output variable will be a tensor with shape [\(d_0\), \(d_1\), ..., \(d_R\)]. If we treat the output tensor as a 2D matrix with shape [\(M\), \(N\)] and let \(O[i]\) be the ith row of the matrix, then O[i] is equal to \(I_{ID[i]}[i]\).
Parameters:  inputs (list) – A list of variables to gather from. All variables have the same shape and the rank is at least 2.
 index (Variable) – Tensor<int32>, index variable which is a 2D tensor with shape [M, 1] where M is the batch size.
Returns: Multiplex variable gathered from input variables.
Return type: Variable
Examples
x1 = fluid.layers.data(name='x1', shape=[4], dtype='float32') x2 = fluid.layers.data(name='x2', shape=[4], dtype='float32') index = fluid.layers.data(name='index', shape=[1], dtype='int32') out = fluid.layers.multiplex(inputs=[x1, x2], index=index)
label_smooth¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
label_smooth
(label, prior_dist=None, epsilon=0.1, dtype='float32', name=None) Label smoothing is a mechanism to regularize the classifier layer and is called labelsmoothing regularization (LSR).
Label smoothing is proposed to encourage the model to be less confident, since optimizing the loglikelihood of the correct label directly may cause overfitting and reduce the ability of the model to adapt. Label smoothing replaces the groundtruth label \(y\) with the weighted sum of itself and some fixed distribution \(\mu\). For class \(k\), i.e.
\[\tilde{y_k} = (1  \epsilon) * y_k + \epsilon * \mu_k,\]where \(1  \epsilon\) and \(\epsilon\) are the weights respectively, and \(\tilde{y}_k\) is the smoothed label. Usually uniform distribution is used for \(\mu\).
See more details about label smoothing in https://arxiv.org/abs/1512.00567.
Parameters:  label (Variable) – The input variable containing the label data. The label data should use onehot representation.
 prior_dist (Variable) – The prior distribution to be used to smooth
labels. If not provided, an uniform distribution
is used. The shape of
prior_dist
should be \((1, class\_num)\).  epsilon (float) – The weight used to mix up the original groundtruth distribution and the fixed distribution.
 dtype (np.dtypecore.VarDesc.VarTypestr) – The type of data : float32, float_64, int etc.
 name (strNone) – A name for this layer(optional). If set None, the layer will be named automatically.
Returns: The tensor variable containing the smoothed labels.
Return type: Variable
Examples
label = layers.data(name="label", shape=[1], dtype="float32") one_hot_label = layers.one_hot(input=label, depth=10) smooth_label = layers.label_smooth( label=one_hot_label, epsilon=0.1, dtype="float32")
ops¶
mean¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
mean
(*args, **kwargs) Mean Operator.
Out is a scalar which is the mean of all elements in X.
Parameters: x – The input of mean op Duplicable: False Optional: False Returns: The output of mean op
mul¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
mul
(*args, **kwargs) Mul Operator.
This operator is used to perform matrix multiplication for input $X$ and $Y$.
The equation is:
$$Out = X * Y$$
Both the input $X$ and $Y$ can carry the LoD (Level of Details) information, or not. But the output only shares the LoD information with input $X$.
Parameters:  x – (Tensor), The first input tensor of mul op. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 y – (Tensor), The second input tensor of mul op. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 x_num_col_dims (INT) – (int, default 1), The mul_op can take tensors with more than two dimensions as its inputs. If the input $X$ is a tensor with more than two dimensions, $X$ will be flattened into a twodimensional matrix first. The flattening rule is: the first num_col_dims will be flattened to form the first dimension of the final matrix (the height of the matrix), and the rest rank(X)  num_col_dims dimensions are flattened to form the second dimension of the final matrix (the width of the matrix). As a result, height of the flattened matrix is equal to the product of $X$’s first x_num_col_dims dimensions’ sizes, and width of the flattened matrix is equal to the product of $X$’s last rank(x)  num_col_dims dimensions’ size. For example, suppose $X$ is a 6dimensional tensor with the shape [2, 3, 4, 5, 6], and x_num_col_dims = 3. Thus, the flattened matrix will have a shape [2 x 3 x 4, 5 x 6] = [24, 30].
 use_mkldnn (BOOLEAN) – (bool, default false) Only used in mkldnn kernel
 y_num_col_dims (INT) – (int, default 1), The mul_op can take tensors with more than two, dimensions as its inputs. If the input $Y$ is a tensor with more than two dimensions, $Y$ will be flattened into a twodimensional matrix first. The attribute y_num_col_dims determines how $Y$ is flattened. See comments of x_num_col_dims for more details.
Returns: (Tensor), The output tensor of mul op.
reshape¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
reshape
(x, shape, actual_shape=None, act=None, inplace=True, name=None) Gives a new shape to the input Tensor without changing its data.
The target shape can be given by
shape
oractual_shape
.shape
is a list of integer whileactual_shape
is a tensor variable.actual_shape
has a higher priority thanshape
if it is provided, whileshape
still should be set correctly to gurantee shape inference in compiletime.Some tricks exist when specifying the target shape.
1. 1 means the value of this dimension is inferred from the total element number of x and remaining dimensions. Thus one and only one dimension can be set 1.
2. 0 means the actual dimension value is going to be copied from the corresponding dimension of x. The indice of 0s in shape can not exceed Rank(X).
Here are some examples to explain it.
1. Given a 3D tensor x with a shape [2, 4, 6], and the target shape is [6, 8], the reshape operator will transform x into a 2D tensor with shape [6, 8] and leaving x’s data unchanged.
2. Given a 3D tensor x with a shape [2, 4, 6], and the target shape specified is [2, 3, 1, 2], the reshape operator will transform x into a 4D tensor with shape [2, 3, 4, 2] and leaving x’s data unchanged. In this case, one dimension of the target shape is set to 1, the value of this dimension is inferred from the total element number of x and remaining dimensions.
3. Given a 3D tensor x with a shape [2, 4, 6], and the target shape is [1, 0, 3, 2], the reshape operator will transform x into a 4D tensor with shape [2, 4, 3, 2] and leaving x’s data unchanged. In this case, besides 1, 0 means the actual dimension value is going to be copied from the corresponding dimension of x.
Parameters:  input (variable) – The input tensor.
 shape (list) – The new shape. At most one dimension of the new shape can be 1.
 actual_shape (variable) – An optional input. If provided, reshape
according to this given shape rather than
shape
specifying shape. That is to sayactual_shape
has a higher priority thanshape
.  act (str) – The nonlinear activation to be applied to output variable.
 inplace (bool) – If this flag is set true, a new output tensor is created whose data is copied from input x, otherwise the output shares data with input without copying.
Returns(variable): The output tensor.
Examples
data = fluid.layers.data( name='data', shape=[2, 4, 6], dtype='float32') reshaped = fluid.layers.reshape( x=data, shape=[1, 0, 3, 2], act='tanh', inplace=True)
pad¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
pad
(x, paddings, pad_value=0.0, name=None) Pads a tensor with a constant value given by
pad_value
, and the padded width is specified bypaddings
.Specifically, the number of values padded before the contents of
x
in dimensioni
is indicated bypaddings[i]
, and the number of values padded after the contents ofx
in dimensioni
is indicated bypaddings[i+1]
.See below for an example.
Given: x = [[1, 2], [3, 4]] paddings = [0, 1, 1, 2] pad_value = 0 Return: out = [[0, 1, 2, 0, 0] [0, 3, 4, 0, 0] [0, 0, 0, 0, 0]]
Parameters:  x (Variable) – The input tensor variable.
 paddings (list) – A list of integers. Its elements specify the padded width before and after for each dimension in turn. The length of :attr:paddings must be \(rank(x) \times 2\).
 pad_value (float) – The constant value used to pad.
 name (strNone) – A name for this layer(optional). If set None, the layer will be named automatically.
Returns: The padded tensor variable.
Return type: Variable
Examples
# x is a rank 2 tensor variable. out = fluid.layers.pad( x=x, paddings=[0, 1, 1, 2], pad_value=0.)
scale¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
scale
(*args, **kwargs) Scale operator
$$Out = scale*X$$
Parameters:  x – (Tensor) Input tensor of scale operator. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 scale (FLOAT) – (float, default 1.0)The scaling factor of the scale operator.
Returns: (Tensor) Output tensor of scale operator.
sigmoid_cross_entropy_with_logits¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
sigmoid_cross_entropy_with_logits
(*args, **kwargs) SigmoidCrossEntropyWithLogits Operator.
This measures the elementwise probability error in classification tasks in which each class is independent. This can be thought of as predicting labels for a datapoint, where labels are not mutually exclusive. For example, a news article can be about politics, technology or sports at the same time or none of these.
The logistic loss is given as follows:
$$loss = Labels * log(sigma(X))  (1  Labels) * log(1  sigma(X))$$We know that $$sigma(X) = (1 / (1 + exp(X)))$$. By substituting this we get:
$$loss = X  X * Labels + log(1 + exp(X))$$For stability and to prevent overflow of $$exp(X)$$ when X < 0, we reformulate the loss as follows:
$$loss = max(X, 0)  X * Labels + log(1 + exp(X))$$Both the input X and Labels can carry the LoD (Level of Details) information. However the output only shares the LoD with input X.
Parameters:  x – (Tensor, default Tensor<float>), a 2D tensor with shape N x D, where N is the batch size and D is the number of classes. This input is a tensor of logits computed by the previous operator. Logits are unscaled log probabilities given as log(p/(1p)). Duplicable: False Optional: False
 label – (Tensor, default Tensor<float>), a 2D tensor of the same type and shape as X. This input is a tensor of probabalistic labels for each logit Duplicable: False Optional: False
Returns: (Tensor, default Tensor<float>), a 2D tensor with shape N x D of elementwise logistic losses.
elementwise_add¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
elementwise_add
(*args, **kwargs) Limited Elementwise Add Operator.
The equation is:
$$Out = X + Y$$
$X$ is a tensor of any dimension and the dimensions of tensor $Y$ must be smaller than or equal to the dimensions of $X$.
There are two cases for this operator: 1. The shape of $Y$ is same with $X$; 2. The shape of $Y$ is a congiguous subsequencet of $X$. The trailing dimensions
of size 1 for $Y$ will be ignored for the consideration of subsequence.For case 2:
$Y$ will be broadcasted to match the shape of $X$ and axis should be set to index of the start dimension to broadcast $Y$ onto $X$.
If axis is 1, it is treated as axis=rank(X)rank(Y).
 For example
shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (,) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (5,) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (4, 5) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (3, 4), with axis=1 shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (2), with axis=0 shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (2, 1), with axis=0
Either of the inputs $X$ and $Y$ or none can carry the LoD (Level of Details) information. However, the output only shares the LoD information with input $X$.
Parameters:  x – (Tensor), The first input tensor of elementwise op. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 y – (Tensor), The second input tensor of elementwise op. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 axis (INT) – (int, default 1). The start dimension index for broadcasting Y onto X.
Returns: The output of elementwise op.
elementwise_div¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
elementwise_div
(*args, **kwargs) Limited Elementwise Div Operator.
The equation is:
$$Out = X / Y$$
$X$ is a tensor of any dimension and the dimensions of tensor $Y$ must be smaller than or equal to the dimensions of $X$.
There are two cases for this operator: 1. The shape of $Y$ is same with $X$; 2. The shape of $Y$ is a congiguous subsequencet of $X$. The trailing dimensions
of size 1 for $Y$ will be ignored for the consideration of subsequence.For case 2:
$Y$ will be broadcasted to match the shape of $X$ and axis should be set to index of the start dimension to broadcast $Y$ onto $X$.
If axis is 1, it is treated as axis=rank(X)rank(Y).
 For example
shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (,) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (5,) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (4, 5) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (3, 4), with axis=1 shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (2), with axis=0 shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (2, 1), with axis=0
Either of the inputs $X$ and $Y$ or none can carry the LoD (Level of Details) information. However, the output only shares the LoD information with input $X$.
Parameters:  x – (Tensor), The first input tensor of elementwise op. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 y – (Tensor), The second input tensor of elementwise op. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 axis (INT) – (int, default 1). The start dimension index for broadcasting Y onto X.
Returns: The output of elementwise op.
elementwise_sub¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
elementwise_sub
(*args, **kwargs) Limited Elementwise Sub Operator.
The equation is:
$$Out = X  Y$$
$X$ is a tensor of any dimension and the dimensions of tensor $Y$ must be smaller than or equal to the dimensions of $X$.
There are two cases for this operator: 1. The shape of $Y$ is same with $X$; 2. The shape of $Y$ is a congiguous subsequencet of $X$. The trailing dimensions
of size 1 for $Y$ will be ignored for the consideration of subsequence.For case 2:
$Y$ will be broadcasted to match the shape of $X$ and axis should be set to index of the start dimension to broadcast $Y$ onto $X$.
If axis is 1, it is treated as axis=rank(X)rank(Y).
 For example
shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (,) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (5,) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (4, 5) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (3, 4), with axis=1 shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (2), with axis=0 shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (2, 1), with axis=0
Either of the inputs $X$ and $Y$ or none can carry the LoD (Level of Details) information. However, the output only shares the LoD information with input $X$.
Parameters:  x – (Tensor), The first input tensor of elementwise op. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 y – (Tensor), The second input tensor of elementwise op. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 axis (INT) – (int, default 1). The start dimension index for broadcasting Y onto X.
Returns: The output of elementwise op.
elementwise_mul¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
elementwise_mul
(*args, **kwargs) Limited Elementwise Mul Operator.
The equation is:
$$Out = X odotY$$
$X$ is a tensor of any dimension and the dimensions of tensor $Y$ must be smaller than or equal to the dimensions of $X$.
There are two cases for this operator: 1. The shape of $Y$ is same with $X$; 2. The shape of $Y$ is a congiguous subsequencet of $X$. The trailing dimensions
of size 1 for $Y$ will be ignored for the consideration of subsequence.For case 2:
$Y$ will be broadcasted to match the shape of $X$ and axis should be set to index of the start dimension to broadcast $Y$ onto $X$.
If axis is 1, it is treated as axis=rank(X)rank(Y).
 For example
shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (,) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (5,) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (4, 5) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (3, 4), with axis=1 shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (2), with axis=0 shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (2, 1), with axis=0
Either of the inputs $X$ and $Y$ or none can carry the LoD (Level of Details) information. However, the output only shares the LoD information with input $X$.
Parameters:  x – (Tensor), The first input tensor of elementwise op. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 y – (Tensor), The second input tensor of elementwise op. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 axis (INT) – (int, default 1). The start dimension index for broadcasting Y onto X.
Returns: The output of elementwise op.
elementwise_max¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
elementwise_max
(*args, **kwargs) Limited Elementwise Max Operator.
The equation is:
$$Out = max(X, Y)$$
$X$ is a tensor of any dimension and the dimensions of tensor $Y$ must be smaller than or equal to the dimensions of $X$.
There are two cases for this operator: 1. The shape of $Y$ is same with $X$; 2. The shape of $Y$ is a congiguous subsequencet of $X$. The trailing dimensions
of size 1 for $Y$ will be ignored for the consideration of subsequence.For case 2:
$Y$ will be broadcasted to match the shape of $X$ and axis should be set to index of the start dimension to broadcast $Y$ onto $X$.
If axis is 1, it is treated as axis=rank(X)rank(Y).
 For example
shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (,) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (5,) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (4, 5) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (3, 4), with axis=1 shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (2), with axis=0 shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (2, 1), with axis=0
Either of the inputs $X$ and $Y$ or none can carry the LoD (Level of Details) information. However, the output only shares the LoD information with input $X$.
Parameters:  x – (Tensor), The first input tensor of elementwise op. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 y – (Tensor), The second input tensor of elementwise op. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 axis (INT) – (int, default 1). The start dimension index for broadcasting Y onto X.
Returns: The output of elementwise op.
elementwise_min¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
elementwise_min
(*args, **kwargs) Limited Elementwise Max Operator.
The equation is:
$$Out = min(X, Y)$$
$X$ is a tensor of any dimension and the dimensions of tensor $Y$ must be smaller than or equal to the dimensions of $X$.
There are two cases for this operator: 1. The shape of $Y$ is same with $X$; 2. The shape of $Y$ is a congiguous subsequencet of $X$. The trailing dimensions
of size 1 for $Y$ will be ignored for the consideration of subsequence.For case 2:
$Y$ will be broadcasted to match the shape of $X$ and axis should be set to index of the start dimension to broadcast $Y$ onto $X$.
If axis is 1, it is treated as axis=rank(X)rank(Y).
 For example
shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (,) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (5,) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (4, 5) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (3, 4), with axis=1 shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (2), with axis=0 shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (2, 1), with axis=0
Either of the inputs $X$ and $Y$ or none can carry the LoD (Level of Details) information. However, the output only shares the LoD information with input $X$.
Parameters:  x – (Tensor), The first input tensor of elementwise op. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 y – (Tensor), The second input tensor of elementwise op. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 axis (INT) – (int, default 1). The start dimension index for broadcasting Y onto X.
Returns: The output of elementwise op.
elementwise_pow¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
elementwise_pow
(*args, **kwargs) Limited Elementwise Pow Operator.
The equation is:
$$Out = X ^ Y$$
$X$ is a tensor of any dimension and the dimensions of tensor $Y$ must be smaller than or equal to the dimensions of $X$.
There are two cases for this operator: 1. The shape of $Y$ is same with $X$; 2. The shape of $Y$ is a congiguous subsequencet of $X$. The trailing dimensions
of size 1 for $Y$ will be ignored for the consideration of subsequence.For case 2:
$Y$ will be broadcasted to match the shape of $X$ and axis should be set to index of the start dimension to broadcast $Y$ onto $X$.
If axis is 1, it is treated as axis=rank(X)rank(Y).
 For example
shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (,) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (5,) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (4, 5) shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (3, 4), with axis=1 shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (2), with axis=0 shape(X) = (2, 3, 4, 5), shape(Y) = (2, 1), with axis=0
Either of the inputs $X$ and $Y$ or none can carry the LoD (Level of Details) information. However, the output only shares the LoD information with input $X$.
Parameters:  x – (Tensor), The first input tensor of elementwise op. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 y – (Tensor), The second input tensor of elementwise op. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 axis (INT) – (int, default 1). The start dimension index for broadcasting Y onto X.
Returns: The output of elementwise op.
clip¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
clip
(*args, **kwargs) Clip Operator.
The clip operator limits the value of given input within an interval. The interval is specified with arguments ‘min’ and ‘max’:
$$ Out = min(max(X, min), max) $$
Parameters:  x – (Tensor)The input of clip op.The number of dimensions must be between [1, 9]. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 min (FLOAT) – (float)Minimum value, under which element is replaced by min.
 max (FLOAT) – (float)Maximum value, above which element is replaced by max
Returns: (Tensor)The output of clip op with shape as input(X)
clip_by_norm¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
clip_by_norm
(*args, **kwargs) ClipByNorm Operator.
This operator limits the L2 norm of the input $X$ within $max_norm$. If the L2 norm of $X$ is less than or equal to $max_norm$, $Out$ will be the same as $X$. If the L2 norm of $X$ is greater than $max_norm$, $X$ will be linearly scaled to make the L2 norm of $Out$ equal to $max_norm$, as shown in the following formula:
$$ Out = frac{max_norm * X}{norm(X)}, $$
where $norm(X)$ represents the L2 norm of $X$.
Parameters:  x – (Tensor) The input of clip_by_norm op.The number of dimensions must be between [1, 9]. Duplicable: False Optional: False
 max_norm (FLOAT) – (float) The maximum norm value.
Returns: (Tensor) The output of clip_by_norm op with shape as input(X)
sequence_softmax¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
sequence_softmax
(input, param_attr=None, bias_attr=None, use_cudnn=True)
sigmoid¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
sigmoid
(*args, **kwargs) SigmoidDoc :param x: Input of Sigmoidoperator
Duplicable: False Optional: FalseParameters: use_mkldnn (BOOLEAN) – (bool, default false) Only used in mkldnn kernel Returns: Output ofSigmoidoperator
logsigmoid¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
logsigmoid
(*args, **kwargs) LogSigmoidDoc :param x: Input of LogSigmoidoperator
Duplicable: False Optional: FalseParameters: use_mkldnn (BOOLEAN) – (bool, default false) Only used in mkldnn kernel Returns: Output ofLogSigmoidoperator
exp¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
exp
(*args, **kwargs) ExpDoc :param x: Input of Expoperator
Duplicable: False Optional: FalseParameters: use_mkldnn (BOOLEAN) – (bool, default false) Only used in mkldnn kernel Returns: Output ofExpoperator
relu¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
relu
(*args, **kwargs) ReluDoc :param x: Input of Reluoperator
Duplicable: False Optional: FalseParameters: use_mkldnn (BOOLEAN) – (bool, default false) Only used in mkldnn kernel Returns: Output ofReluoperator
tanh¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
tanh
(*args, **kwargs) TanhDoc :param x: Input of Tanhoperator
Duplicable: False Optional: FalseParameters: use_mkldnn (BOOLEAN) – (bool, default false) Only used in mkldnn kernel Returns: Output ofTanhoperator
tanh_shrink¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
tanh_shrink
(*args, **kwargs) TanhShrinkDoc :param x: Input of TanhShrinkoperator
Duplicable: False Optional: FalseParameters: use_mkldnn (BOOLEAN) – (bool, default false) Only used in mkldnn kernel Returns: Output ofTanhShrinkoperator
softshrink¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
softshrink
(*args, **kwargs) Softshrink Activation Operator.
$$ out = begin{cases}
x  lambda, text{if } x > lambda \ x + lambda, text{if } x < lambda \ 0, text{otherwise} end{cases}$$
Parameters:  x – Input of Softshrink operator Duplicable: False Optional: False
 lambda (FLOAT) – nonnegative offset
Returns: Output of Softshrink operator
sqrt¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
sqrt
(*args, **kwargs) SqrtDoc :param x: Input of Sqrtoperator
Duplicable: False Optional: FalseParameters: use_mkldnn (BOOLEAN) – (bool, default false) Only used in mkldnn kernel Returns: Output ofSqrtoperator
abs¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
abs
(*args, **kwargs) AbsDoc :param x: Input of Absoperator
Duplicable: False Optional: FalseParameters: use_mkldnn (BOOLEAN) – (bool, default false) Only used in mkldnn kernel Returns: Output ofAbsoperator
ceil¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
ceil
(*args, **kwargs) CeilDoc :param x: Input of Ceiloperator
Duplicable: False Optional: FalseParameters: use_mkldnn (BOOLEAN) – (bool, default false) Only used in mkldnn kernel Returns: Output ofCeiloperator
floor¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
floor
(*args, **kwargs) FloorDoc :param x: Input of Flooroperator
Duplicable: False Optional: FalseParameters: use_mkldnn (BOOLEAN) – (bool, default false) Only used in mkldnn kernel Returns: Output ofFlooroperator
round¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
round
(*args, **kwargs) RoundDoc :param x: Input of Roundoperator
Duplicable: False Optional: FalseParameters: use_mkldnn (BOOLEAN) – (bool, default false) Only used in mkldnn kernel Returns: Output ofRoundoperator
reciprocal¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
reciprocal
(*args, **kwargs) ReciprocalDoc :param x: Input of Reciprocaloperator
Duplicable: False Optional: FalseParameters: use_mkldnn (BOOLEAN) – (bool, default false) Only used in mkldnn kernel Returns: Output ofReciprocaloperator
log¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
log
(*args, **kwargs) LogDoc :param x: Input of Logoperator
Duplicable: False Optional: FalseParameters: use_mkldnn (BOOLEAN) – (bool, default false) Only used in mkldnn kernel Returns: Output ofLogoperator
square¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
square
(*args, **kwargs) SquareDoc :param x: Input of Squareoperator
Duplicable: False Optional: FalseParameters: use_mkldnn (BOOLEAN) – (bool, default false) Only used in mkldnn kernel Returns: Output ofSquareoperator
softplus¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
softplus
(*args, **kwargs) SoftplusDoc :param x: Input of Softplusoperator
Duplicable: False Optional: FalseParameters: use_mkldnn (BOOLEAN) – (bool, default false) Only used in mkldnn kernel Returns: Output ofSoftplusoperator
softsign¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
softsign
(*args, **kwargs) SoftsignDoc :param x: Input of Softsignoperator
Duplicable: False Optional: FalseParameters: use_mkldnn (BOOLEAN) – (bool, default false) Only used in mkldnn kernel Returns: Output ofSoftsignoperator
brelu¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
brelu
(*args, **kwargs) BRelu Activation Operator.
$out = max(min(x, t_{min}), t_{max})$
Parameters:  x – Input of BRelu operator Duplicable: False Optional: False
 t_min (FLOAT) – The min marginal value of BRelu
 t_max (FLOAT) – The max marginal value of BRelu
Returns: Output of BRelu operator
leaky_relu¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
leaky_relu
(*args, **kwargs) LeakyRelu Activation Operator.
$out = max(x, alpha * x)$
Parameters:  x – Input of LeakyRelu operator Duplicable: False Optional: False
 alpha (FLOAT) – The small negative slope
Returns: Output of LeakyRelu operator
soft_relu¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
soft_relu
(*args, **kwargs) SoftRelu Activation Operator.
$out = ln(1 + exp(max(min(x, threshold), threshold))$
Parameters:  x – Input of SoftRelu operator Duplicable: False Optional: False
 threshold (FLOAT) – The threshold value of SoftRelu
Returns: Output of SoftRelu operator
elu¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
elu
(*args, **kwargs) ELU Activation Operator.
Applies the following elementwise computation on the input according to https://arxiv.org/abs/1511.07289.
$out = max(0, x) + min(0, alpha * (e^x  1))$
Parameters:  x – Input of ELU operator Duplicable: False Optional: False
 alpha (FLOAT) – The alpha value of ELU
Returns: Output of ELU operator
relu6¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
relu6
(*args, **kwargs) Relu6 Activation Operator.
$out = min(max(0, x), 6)$
Parameters:  x – Input of Relu6 operator Duplicable: False Optional: False
 threshold (FLOAT) – The threshold value of Relu6
Returns: Output of Relu6 operator
pow¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
pow
(*args, **kwargs) Pow Activation Operator.
$out = x^{factor}$
Parameters:  x – Input of Pow operator Duplicable: False Optional: False
 factor (FLOAT) – The exponential factor of Pow
Returns: Output of Pow operator
stanh¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
stanh
(*args, **kwargs) STanh Activation Operator.
$$out = b * frac{e^{a * x}  e^{a * x}}{e^{a * x} + e^{a * x}}$$
Parameters:  x – Input of STanh operator Duplicable: False Optional: False
 scale_a (FLOAT) – The scale parameter of a for the input
 scale_b (FLOAT) – The scale parameter of b for the input
Returns: Output of STanh operator
hard_shrink¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
hard_shrink
(*args, **kwargs) HardShrink Activation Operator.
$$ out = begin{cases}
x, text{if } x > lambda \ x, text{if } x < lambda \ 0, text{otherwise} end{cases}$$
Parameters:  x – Input of HardShrink operator Duplicable: False Optional: False
 threshold (FLOAT) – The value of threshold for HardShrink
Returns: Output of HardShrink operator
thresholded_relu¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
thresholded_relu
(*args, **kwargs) ThresholdedRelu Activation Operator.
$$ out = begin{cases}
x, text{if } x > threshold \ 0, text{otherwise} end{cases}$$
Parameters:  x – Input of ThresholdedRelu operator Duplicable: False Optional: False
 threshold (FLOAT) – The threshold location of activation
Returns: Output of ThresholdedRelu operator
hard_sigmoid¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
hard_sigmoid
(*args, **kwargs) HardSigmoid Activation Operator.
Segmentwise linear approximation of sigmoid(https://arxiv.org/abs/1603.00391), which is much faster than sigmoid.
$out = max(0, min(1, slope * x + shift))$
The slope should be positive. The offset can be either positive or negative. The default slope and shift are set according to the above reference. It is recommended to use the defaults for this activation.
Parameters:  x – Input of HardSigmoid operator Duplicable: False Optional: False
 slope (FLOAT) – Slope for linear approximation of sigmoid
 offset (FLOAT) – Offset for linear approximation of sigmoid
Returns: Output of HardSigmoid operator
swish¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
swish
(*args, **kwargs) Swish Activation Operator.
$$out = frac{x}{1 + e^{ beta x}}$$
Parameters:  x – Input of Swish operator Duplicable: False Optional: False
 beta (FLOAT) – Constant beta of swish operator
Returns: Output of Swish operator
tensor¶
create_tensor¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
create_tensor
(dtype, name=None, persistable=False)
create_parameter¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
create_parameter
(shape, dtype, name=None, attr=None, is_bias=False, default_initializer=None) Create a parameter :param shape: shape of the parameter :type shape: list[int] :param dtype: element type of the parameter :type dtype: string :param attr: attributes of the parameter :type attr: ParamAttr :param is_bias: This can affect which default initializer is chosen
when default_initializer is None. If is_bias, initializer.Constant(0.0) will be used. Otherwise, Xavier() will be used.Parameters: default_initializer (Initializer) – initializer for the parameter Returns: the created parameter Return type: Parameter
create_global_var¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
create_global_var
(shape, value, dtype, persistable=False, force_cpu=False, name=None) Create a global variable. such as global_step :param shape: shape of the variable :type shape: list[int] :param value: the value of the variable :type value: float :param dtype: element type of the parameter :type dtype: string :param persistable: if this variable is persistable :type persistable: bool :param force_cpu: force this variable to be on CPU :type force_cpu: bool
Returns: the created Variable Return type: Variable
cast¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
cast
(x, dtype) This function takes in the input with input_dtype and casts it to the output_dtype as the output.
concat¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
concat
(input, axis=0) Concat
This function concatenates the input along the axis mentioned and returns that as the output.
Parameters:  input (list) – List of tensors to be concatenated
 axis (int) – Integer axis along which the tensors will be concatenated
Returns: Output variable of the concatenation
Return type: Variable
Examples
sums¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
sums
(input, out=None) This function performs the sum operation on the input and returns the result as the output.
Parameters: input (Variablelist) – The input tensor that has the elements that need to be summed up. Returns:  The tensor type variable that has the sum of input
 written to it.
Return type: Variable Examples
assign¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
assign
(input, output) Assign
This function copies the input Variable to the output Variable.
Parameters:  input (Variablenumpy.ndarray) – The source variable
 output (Variable) – The destination variable
Returns: The destination variable that was supplied as the output.
Return type: Variable
Examples
fill_constant_batch_size_like¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
fill_constant_batch_size_like
(input, shape, dtype, value, input_dim_idx=0, output_dim_idx=0) fill_constant_batch_size_like
This function creates a tensor of specified shape, dtype and batch size, and initializes this with a constant supplied in value. The batch size is obtained from the input tensor.
It also sets stop_gradient to True.
Parameters:  input (Variable) – Tensor whose dimensions will be used to get batch size
 shape (tuplelistNone) – Shape of output tensor
 dtype (np.dtypecore.VarDesc.VarTypestr) – Data type of output tensor
 value (float) – Constant value to initialize the output tensor
 input_dim_idx (int) – Index of input’s batch size dimension
 output_dim_idx (int) – Index of output’s batch size dimension
Returns: The tensor variable storing the output
Return type: Variable
Examples
data = fluid.layers.fill_constant_batch_size_like( input=like, shape=[1], value=0, dtype='int64')
fill_constant¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
fill_constant
(shape, dtype, value, force_cpu=False, out=None) fill_constant
This function creates a tensor with specified shape and dtype, and initializes it with a constant specifed by value.
The attribute stop_gradient of the created tensor is set to True.
Parameters:  shape (tuplelistNone) – Shape of the output tensor.
 dtype (np.dtypecore.VarDesc.VarTypestr) – Data type of the output tensor.
 value (float) – The constant value used to initialize the output tensor.
 out (Variable) – The output tensor.
 force_cpu (TrueFalse) – data should be on CPU if set true.
Returns: The tensor variable storing the output.
Return type: Variable
Examples
data = fluid.layers.fill_constant(shape=[1], value=0, dtype='int64')
ones¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
ones
(shape, dtype, force_cpu=False) ones
This function creates a tensor of specified shape and dtype, and initializes this with 1.
It also sets stop_gradient to True.
Parameters:  shape (tuplelistNone) – Shape of output tensor
 dtype (np.dtypecore.VarDesc.VarTypestr) – Data type of output tensor
Returns: The tensor variable storing the output
Return type: Variable
Examples
data = fluid.layers.ones(shape=[1], dtype='int64')
zeros¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
zeros
(shape, dtype, force_cpu=False) zeros
This function creates a tensor of specified shape and dtype, and initializes this with 0.
It also sets stop_gradient to True.
Parameters:  shape (tuplelistNone) – Shape of output tensor
 dtype (np.dtypecore.VarDesc.VarTypestr) – Data type of output tensor
Returns: The tensor variable storing the output
Return type: Variable
Examples
data = fluid.layers.zeros(shape=[1], dtype='int64')
topk¶

paddle.fluid.layers.
topk
(input, k) This operator is used to find values and indices of the k largest entries for the last dimension.
If the input is a vector (rank=1), finds the k largest entries in the vector and outputs their values and indices as vectors. Thus values[j] is the jth largest entry in input, and its index is indices[j].
If the input is a Tensor with higher rank, this operator computes the top k entries along the last dimension.
Parameters:  input (Variable) – The input variable which can be a vector or Tensor with higher rank.
 k (int) – An integer value to specify the top k largest elements.
Returns:  The k largest elements along each last dimensional
slice.
 indices(Variable): The indices of values within the last dimension of
input.
Return type: values(Variable)
Examples
top5_values, top5_indices = layers.topk(input, k=5)