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"""Random distribution generator Symbol API of MXNet."""
from ..base import numeric_types, _Null
from . import _internal
from .symbol import Symbol
__all__ = ['uniform', 'normal', 'poisson', 'exponential', 'gamma', 'multinomial',
'negative_binomial', 'generalized_negative_binomial', 'shuffle']
def _random_helper(random, sampler, params, shape, dtype, kwargs):
"""Helper function for random generators."""
if isinstance(params[0], Symbol):
for i in params[1:]:
assert isinstance(i, Symbol), \
"Distribution parameters must all have the same type, but got " \
"both %s and %s."%(type(params[0]), type(i))
return sampler(*params, shape=shape, dtype=dtype, **kwargs)
elif isinstance(params[0], numeric_types):
for i in params[1:]:
assert isinstance(i, numeric_types), \
"Distribution parameters must all have the same type, but got " \
"both %s and %s."%(type(params[0]), type(i))
return random(*params, shape=shape, dtype=dtype, **kwargs)
raise ValueError("Distribution parameters must be either Symbol or numbers, "
"but got %s."%type(params[0]))
[docs]def uniform(low=0, high=1, shape=_Null, dtype=_Null, **kwargs):
"""Draw random samples from a uniform distribution.
Samples are uniformly distributed over the half-open interval *[low, high)*
(includes *low*, but excludes *high*).
Parameters
----------
low : float or Symbol
Lower boundary of the output interval. All values generated will be
greater than or equal to low. The default value is 0.
high : float or Symbol
Upper boundary of the output interval. All values generated will be
less than high. The default value is 1.0.
shape : int or tuple of ints
The number of samples to draw. If shape is, e.g., `(m, n)` and `low` and
`high` are scalars, output shape will be `(m, n)`. If `low` and `high`
are Symbols with shape, e.g., `(x, y)`, then output will have shape
`(x, y, m, n)`, where `m*n` samples are drawn for each `[low, high)` pair.
dtype : {'float16','float32', 'float64'}
Data type of output samples. Default is 'float32'
"""
return _random_helper(_internal._random_uniform, _internal._sample_uniform,
[low, high], shape, dtype, kwargs)
[docs]def normal(loc=0, scale=1, shape=_Null, dtype=_Null, **kwargs):
"""Draw random samples from a normal (Gaussian) distribution.
Samples are distributed according to a normal distribution parametrized
by *loc* (mean) and *scale* (standard deviation).
Parameters
----------
loc : float or Symbol
Mean (centre) of the distribution.
scale : float or Symbol
Standard deviation (spread or width) of the distribution.
shape : int or tuple of ints
The number of samples to draw. If shape is, e.g., `(m, n)` and `loc` and
`scale` are scalars, output shape will be `(m, n)`. If `loc` and `scale`
are Symbols with shape, e.g., `(x, y)`, then output will have shape
`(x, y, m, n)`, where `m*n` samples are drawn for each `[loc, scale)` pair.
dtype : {'float16','float32', 'float64'}
Data type of output samples. Default is 'float32'
"""
return _random_helper(_internal._random_normal, _internal._sample_normal,
[loc, scale], shape, dtype, kwargs)
[docs]def poisson(lam=1, shape=_Null, dtype=_Null, **kwargs):
"""Draw random samples from a Poisson distribution.
Samples are distributed according to a Poisson distribution parametrized
by *lambda* (rate). Samples will always be returned as a floating point data type.
Parameters
----------
lam : float or Symbol
Expectation of interval, should be >= 0.
shape : int or tuple of ints
The number of samples to draw. If shape is, e.g., `(m, n)` and `lam` is
a scalar, output shape will be `(m, n)`. If `lam`
is an Symbol with shape, e.g., `(x, y)`, then output will have shape
`(x, y, m, n)`, where `m*n` samples are drawn for each entry in `lam`.
dtype : {'float16','float32', 'float64'}
Data type of output samples. Default is 'float32'
"""
return _random_helper(_internal._random_poisson, _internal._sample_poisson,
[lam], shape, dtype, kwargs)
[docs]def exponential(scale=1, shape=_Null, dtype=_Null, **kwargs):
r"""Draw samples from an exponential distribution.
Its probability density function is
.. math:: f(x; \frac{1}{\beta}) = \frac{1}{\beta} \exp(-\frac{x}{\beta}),
for x > 0 and 0 elsewhere. \beta is the scale parameter, which is the
inverse of the rate parameter \lambda = 1/\beta.
Parameters
----------
scale : float or Symbol
The scale parameter, \beta = 1/\lambda.
shape : int or tuple of ints
The number of samples to draw. If shape is, e.g., `(m, n)` and `scale` is
a scalar, output shape will be `(m, n)`. If `scale`
is an Symbol with shape, e.g., `(x, y)`, then output will have shape
`(x, y, m, n)`, where `m*n` samples are drawn for each entry in `scale`.
dtype : {'float16','float32', 'float64'}
Data type of output samples. Default is 'float32'
"""
return _random_helper(_internal._random_exponential, _internal._sample_exponential,
[1.0/scale], shape, dtype, kwargs)
[docs]def gamma(alpha=1, beta=1, shape=_Null, dtype=_Null, **kwargs):
"""Draw random samples from a gamma distribution.
Samples are distributed according to a gamma distribution parametrized
by *alpha* (shape) and *beta* (scale).
Parameters
----------
alpha : float or Symbol
The shape of the gamma distribution. Should be greater than zero.
beta : float or Symbol
The scale of the gamma distribution. Should be greater than zero.
Default is equal to 1.
shape : int or tuple of ints
The number of samples to draw. If shape is, e.g., `(m, n)` and `alpha` and
`beta` are scalars, output shape will be `(m, n)`. If `alpha` and `beta`
are Symbols with shape, e.g., `(x, y)`, then output will have shape
`(x, y, m, n)`, where `m*n` samples are drawn for each `[alpha, beta)` pair.
dtype : {'float16','float32', 'float64'}
Data type of output samples. Default is 'float32'
"""
return _random_helper(_internal._random_gamma, _internal._sample_gamma,
[alpha, beta], shape, dtype, kwargs)
[docs]def negative_binomial(k=1, p=1, shape=_Null, dtype=_Null, **kwargs):
"""Draw random samples from a negative binomial distribution.
Samples are distributed according to a negative binomial distribution
parametrized by *k* (limit of unsuccessful experiments) and *p* (failure
probability in each experiment). Samples will always be returned as a
floating point data type.
Parameters
----------
k : float or Symbol
Limit of unsuccessful experiments, > 0.
p : float or Symbol
Failure probability in each experiment, >= 0 and <=1.
shape : int or tuple of ints
The number of samples to draw. If shape is, e.g., `(m, n)` and `k` and
`p` are scalars, output shape will be `(m, n)`. If `k` and `p`
are Symbols with shape, e.g., `(x, y)`, then output will have shape
`(x, y, m, n)`, where `m*n` samples are drawn for each `[k, p)` pair.
dtype : {'float16','float32', 'float64'}
Data type of output samples. Default is 'float32'
"""
return _random_helper(_internal._random_negative_binomial,
_internal._sample_negative_binomial,
[k, p], shape, dtype, kwargs)
[docs]def generalized_negative_binomial(mu=1, alpha=1, shape=_Null, dtype=_Null, **kwargs):
"""Draw random samples from a generalized negative binomial distribution.
Samples are distributed according to a generalized negative binomial
distribution parametrized by *mu* (mean) and *alpha* (dispersion).
*alpha* is defined as *1/k* where *k* is the failure limit of the
number of unsuccessful experiments (generalized to real numbers).
Samples will always be returned as a floating point data type.
Parameters
----------
mu : float or Symbol
Mean of the negative binomial distribution.
alpha : float or Symbol
Alpha (dispersion) parameter of the negative binomial distribution.
shape : int or tuple of ints
The number of samples to draw. If shape is, e.g., `(m, n)` and `mu` and
`alpha` are scalars, output shape will be `(m, n)`. If `mu` and `alpha`
are Symbols with shape, e.g., `(x, y)`, then output will have shape
`(x, y, m, n)`, where `m*n` samples are drawn for each `[mu, alpha)` pair.
dtype : {'float16','float32', 'float64'}
Data type of output samples. Default is 'float32'
"""
return _random_helper(_internal._random_generalized_negative_binomial,
_internal._sample_generalized_negative_binomial,
[mu, alpha], shape, dtype, kwargs)
[docs]def multinomial(data, shape=_Null, get_prob=True, **kwargs):
"""Concurrent sampling from multiple multinomial distributions.
.. note:: The input distribution must be normalized, i.e. `data` must sum to
1 along its last dimension.
Parameters
----------
data : Symbol
An *n* dimensional array whose last dimension has length `k`, where
`k` is the number of possible outcomes of each multinomial distribution.
For example, data with shape `(m, n, k)` specifies `m*n` multinomial
distributions each with `k` possible outcomes.
shape : int or tuple of ints
The number of samples to draw from each distribution. If shape is empty
one sample will be drawn from each distribution.
get_prob : bool
If true, a second array containing log likelihood of the drawn
samples will also be returned.
This is usually used for reinforcement learning, where you can provide
reward as head gradient w.r.t. this array to estimate gradient.
"""
return _internal._sample_multinomial(data, shape, get_prob, **kwargs)
[docs]def shuffle(data, **kwargs):
"""Shuffle the elements randomly.
This shuffles the array along the first axis.
The order of the elements in each subarray does not change.
For example, if a 2D array is given, the order of the rows randomly changes,
but the order of the elements in each row does not change.
Parameters
----------
data : NDArray
Input data array.
Examples
--------
>>> data = mx.nd.array([[0, 1, 2], [3, 4, 5], [6, 7, 8]])
>>> a = mx.sym.Variable('a')
>>> b = mx.sym.random.shuffle(a)
>>> b.eval(a=data)
[[ 0. 1. 2.]
[ 6. 7. 8.]
[ 3. 4. 5.]]
```
>>> b.eval(a=data)
[[ 3. 4. 5.]
[ 0. 1. 2.]
[ 6. 7. 8.]]
"""
return _internal._shuffle(data, **kwargs)