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Returns a feature column that represents sequences of numeric data.

    key, shape=(1,), default_value=0.0, dtype=tf.dtypes.float32, normalizer_fn=None


temperature = sequence_numeric_column('temperature')
columns = [temperature]

features =, features=make_parse_example_spec(columns))
sequence_feature_layer = SequenceFeatures(columns)
sequence_input, sequence_length = sequence_feature_layer(features)
sequence_length_mask = tf.sequence_mask(sequence_length)

rnn_cell = tf.keras.layers.SimpleRNNCell(hidden_size)
rnn_layer = tf.keras.layers.RNN(rnn_cell)
outputs, state = rnn_layer(sequence_input, mask=sequence_length_mask)


  • key: A unique string identifying the input features.
  • shape: The shape of the input data per sequence id. E.g. if shape=(2,), each example must contain 2 * sequence_length values.
  • default_value: A single value compatible with dtype that is used for padding the sparse data into a dense Tensor.
  • dtype: The type of values.
  • normalizer_fn: If not None, a function that can be used to normalize the value of the tensor after default_value is applied for parsing. Normalizer function takes the input Tensor as its argument, and returns the output Tensor. (e.g. lambda x: (x - 3.0) / 4.2). Please note that even though the most common use case of this function is normalization, it can be used for any kind of Tensorflow transformations.


A SequenceNumericColumn.


  • TypeError: if any dimension in shape is not an int.
  • ValueError: if any dimension in shape is not a positive integer.
  • ValueError: if dtype is not convertible to tf.float32.