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tf.identity

Return a Tensor with the same shape and contents as input.

Used in the notebooks

Used in the guide Used in the tutorials

The return value is not the same Tensor as the original, but contains the same values. This operation is fast when used on the same device.

For example:

a = tf.constant([0.78])
a_identity = tf.identity(a)
a.numpy()
array([0.78], dtype=float32)
a_identity.numpy()
array([0.78], dtype=float32)

Calling tf.identity on a variable will make a Tensor that represents the value of that variable at the time it is called. This is equivalent to calling <variable>.read_value().

a = tf.Variable(5)
a_identity = tf.identity(a)
a.assign_add(1)
<tf.Variable ... shape=() dtype=int32, numpy=6>
a.numpy()
6
a_identity.numpy()
5

input A Tensor, a Variable, a CompositeTensor or anything that can be converted to a tensor using tf.convert_to_tensor.
name A name for the operation (optional).

A Tensor or CompositeTensor. Has the same type and contents as input.