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# tf.keras.mixed_precision.experimental.LossScaleOptimizer

An optimizer that applies loss scaling.

Inherits From: Optimizer

Loss scaling is a process that multiplies the loss by a multiplier called the loss scale, and divides each gradient by the same multiplier. The pseudocode for this process is:

loss = ...
loss *= loss_scale

Mathematically, loss scaling has no effect, but can help avoid numerical underflow in intermediate gradients when float16 tensors are used. By multiplying the loss, each intermediate gradient will have the same multiplier applied.

The loss scale can either be a fixed constant, chosen by the user, or be dynamically determined. Dynamically determining the loss scale is convenient as a loss scale does not have to be explicitly chosen. However it reduces performance.

This optimizer wraps another optimizer and applies loss scaling to it via a LossScale. Loss scaling is applied whenever gradients are computed, either through minimize() or get_gradients(). The loss scale is updated via LossScale.update() whenever gradients are applied, either through minimize() or apply_gradients(). For example:

opt = tf.keras.optimizers.SGD(0.1)
opt = tf.keras.mixed_precision.experimental.LossScaleOptimizer(opt, "dynamic")
# 'minimize' applies loss scaling to the loss and updates the loss sale.
opt.minimize(loss_fn)

opt = tf.keras.mixed_precision.experimental.LossScaleOptimizer(...)
vars = ...
loss = ...
scaled_loss = opt.get_scaled_loss(loss)

optimizer The Optimizer instance to wrap.
loss_scale The loss scale to scale the loss and gradients. This can either be an int/float to use a fixed loss scale, the string "dynamic" to use dynamic loss scaling, or an instance of a LossScale. The string "dynamic" equivalent to passing DynamicLossScale(), and passing an int/float is equivalent to passing a FixedLossScale with the given loss scale.

iterations Variable. The number of training steps this Optimizer has run.
learning_rate

loss_scale The LossScale instance associated with this optimizer.
lr

weights Returns variables of this Optimizer based on the order created.

## Methods

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Add a new slot variable for var.

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This is the second part of minimize(). It returns an Operation that applies gradients.

Args
name Optional name for the returned operation. Default to the name passed to the Optimizer constructor.

Returns
An Operation that applies the specified gradients. If global_step was not None, that operation also increments global_step.

Raises
ValueError If none of the variables have gradients.

### from_config

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Creates an optimizer from its config.

This method is the reverse of get_config, capable of instantiating the same optimizer from the config dictionary.

Arguments
config A Python dictionary, typically the output of get_config.
custom_objects A Python dictionary mapping names to additional Python objects used to create this optimizer, such as a function used for a hyperparameter.

Returns
An optimizer instance.

### get_config

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Returns the config of the optimimizer.

An optimizer config is a Python dictionary (serializable) containing the configuration of an optimizer. The same optimizer can be reinstantiated later (without any saved state) from this configuration.

Returns
Python dictionary.

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Returns gradients of loss with respect to params.

Arguments
loss Loss tensor.
params List of variables.

Returns

Raises
ValueError In case any gradient cannot be computed (e.g. if gradient function not implemented).

### get_scaled_loss

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Scales the loss by the loss scale.

This method is only needed if you compute gradients manually, e.g. with tf.GradientTape. In that case, call this method to scale the loss before passing the loss to tf.GradientTape. If you use LossScaleOptimizer.minimize or LossScaleOptimizer.get_gradients, loss scaling is automatically applied and this method is unneeded.

If this method is called, get_unscaled_gradients should also be called. See the tf.keras.mixed_precision.experimental.LossScaleOptimizer doc for an example.

Args
loss The loss, which will be multiplied by the loss scale. Can either be a tensor or a callable returning a tensor.

Returns
loss multiplied by LossScaleOptimizer.loss_scale().

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### get_slot_names

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A list of names for this optimizer's slots.

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Unscales the gradients by the loss scale.

This method is only needed if you compute gradients manually, e.g. with tf.GradientTape. In that case, call this method to unscale the gradients after computing them with tf.GradientTape. If you use LossScaleOptimizer.minimize or LossScaleOptimizer.get_gradients, loss scaling is automatically applied and this method is unneeded.

If this method is called, get_scaled_loss should also be called. See the tf.keras.mixed_precision.experimental.LossScaleOptimizer doc for an example.

Args
grads A list of tensors, each which will be divided by the loss scale. Can have None values, which are ignored.

Returns
A new list the same size as grads, where every non-None value in grads is divided by LossScaleOptimizer.loss_scale().

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### minimize

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Minimize loss by updating var_list.

Args
loss A callable taking no arguments which returns the value to minimize.
var_list list or tuple of Variable objects to update to minimize loss, or a callable returning the list or tuple of Variable objects. Use callable when the variable list would otherwise be incomplete before minimize since the variables are created at the first time loss is called.
name Optional name for the returned operation.

Returns
An Operation that updates the variables in var_list. If global_step was not None, that operation also increments global_step.

Raises
ValueError If some of the variables are not Variable objects.

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### variables

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Returns variables of this Optimizer based on the order created.

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