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Creates a Head for regression using the mean_squared_error loss.

Inherits From: Head

The loss is the weighted sum over all input dimensions. Namely, if the input labels have shape [batch_size, label_dimension], the loss is the weighted sum over both batch_size and label_dimension.

The head expects logits with shape [D0, D1, ... DN, label_dimension]. In many applications, the shape is [batch_size, label_dimension].

The labels shape must match logits, namely [D0, D1, ... DN, label_dimension]. If label_dimension=1, shape [D0, D1, ... DN] is also supported.

If weight_column is specified, weights must be of shape [D0, D1, ... DN], [D0, D1, ... DN, 1] or [D0, D1, ... DN, label_dimension].

Supports custom loss_fn. loss_fn takes (labels, logits) or (labels, logits, features, loss_reduction) as arguments and returns unreduced loss with shape [D0, D1, ... DN, label_dimension].

Also supports custom inverse_link_fn, also known as 'mean function'. inverse_link_fn is only used in PREDICT mode. It takes logits as argument and returns predicted values. This function is the inverse of the link function defined in Namely, for poisson regression, set inverse_link_fn=tf.exp.

The head can be used with a canned estimator. Example:

my_head = tf.estimator.RegressionHead()
my_estimator = tf.estimator.DNNEstimator(

It can also be used with a custom model_fn. Example:

def _my_model_fn(features, labels, mode):
  my_head = tf.estimator.RegressionHead()
  logits = tf.keras.Model(...)(features)

  return my_head.create_estimator_spec(

my_estimator = tf.estimator.Estimator(model_fn=_my_model_fn)

weight_column A string or a NumericColumn created by tf.feature_column.numeric_column defining feature column representing weights. It is used to down weight or boost examples during training. It will be multiplied by the loss of the example.
label_dimension Number of regression labels per example. This is the size of the last dimension of the labels Tensor (typically, this has shape [batch_size, label_dimension]).
loss_reduction One of tf.losses.Reduction except NONE. Decides how to reduce training loss over batch and label dimension. Defaults to SUM_OVER_BATCH_SIZE, namely weighted sum of losses divided by batch size * label_dimension.
loss_fn Optional loss function. Defaults to mean_squared_error.
inverse_link_fn Optional inverse link function, also known as 'mean function'. Defaults to identity.
name name of the head. If provided, summary and metrics keys will be suffixed by "/" + name. Also used as name_scope when creating ops.

logits_dimension See base_head.Head for details.
loss_reduction See base_head.Head for details.
name See base_head.Head for details.



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Returns EstimatorSpec that a model_fn can return.

It is recommended to pass all args via name.

features Input dict mapping string feature names to Tensor or SparseTensor objects containing the values for that feature in a minibatch. Often to be used to fetch example-weight tensor.
mode Estimator's ModeKeys.
logits Logits Tensor to be used by the head.
labels Labels Tensor, or dict mapping string label names to Tensor objects of the label values.
optimizer An tf.keras.optimizers.Optimizer instance to optimize the loss in TRAIN mode. Namely, sets train_op = optimizer.get_updates(loss, trainable_variables), which updates variables to minimize loss.
trainable_variables A list or tuple of Variable objects to update to minimize loss. In Tensorflow 1.x, by default these are the list of variables collected in the graph under the key GraphKeys.TRAINABLE_VARIABLES. As Tensorflow 2.x doesn't have collections and GraphKeys, trainable_variables need to be passed explicitly here.
train_op_fn Function that takes a scalar loss Tensor and returns an op to optimize the model with the loss in TRAIN mode. Used if optimizer is None. Exactly one of train_op_fn and optimizer must be set in TRAIN mode. By default, it is None in other modes. If you want to optimize loss yourself, you can pass lambda _: tf.no_op() and then use EstimatorSpec.loss to compute and apply gradients.
update_ops A list or tuple of update ops to be run at training time. For example, layers such as BatchNormalization create mean and variance update ops that need to be run at training time. In Tensorflow 1.x, these are thrown into an UPDATE_OPS collection. As Tensorflow 2.x doesn't have collections, update_ops need to be passed explicitly here.
regularization_losses A list of additional scalar losses to be added to the training loss, such as regularization losses.



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Return predictions based on keys. See base_head.Head for details.


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Creates metrics. See base_head.Head for details.


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Return predictions based on keys. See base_head.Head for details.

logits logits Tensor with shape [D0, D1, ... DN, logits_dimension]. For many applications, the shape is [batch_size, logits_dimension].

A dict of predictions.


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Updates eval metrics. See base_head.Head for details.