Keras Temporal Convolutional Network.
Keras Temporal Convolutional Network. [paper]
Tested with Tensorflow 2.9, 2.10, 2.11, 2.12, 2.13, 2.14 and 2.15 (Nov 17, 2023).
pip install keras-tcn
pip install keras-tcn --no-dependencies # without the dependencies if you already have TF/Numpy.
For MacOS M1 users: pip install --no-binary keras-tcn keras-tcn
. The --no-binary
option will force pip to download the sources (tar.gz) and re-compile them locally. Also make sure that grpcio
and h5py
are installed correctly. There are some tutorials on how to do that online.
Visualization of a stack of dilated causal convolutional layers (Wavenet, 2016)
TCN(
nb_filters=64,
kernel_size=3,
nb_stacks=1,
dilations=(1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32),
padding='causal',
use_skip_connections=True,
dropout_rate=0.0,
return_sequences=False,
activation='relu',
kernel_initializer='he_normal',
use_batch_norm=False,
use_layer_norm=False,
use_weight_norm=False,
go_backwards=False,
return_state=False,
**kwargs
)
nb_filters
: Integer. The number of filters to use in the convolutional layers. Would be similar to units
for LSTM. Can be a list.kernel_size
: Integer. The size of the kernel to use in each convolutional layer.dilations
: List/Tuple. A dilation list. Example is: [1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64].nb_stacks
: Integer. The number of stacks of residual blocks to use.padding
: String. The padding to use in the convolutions. 'causal' for a causal network (as in the original implementation) and 'same' for a non-causal network.use_skip_connections
: Boolean. If we want to add skip connections from input to each residual block.return_sequences
: Boolean. Whether to return the last output in the output sequence, or the full sequence.dropout_rate
: Float between 0 and 1. Fraction of the input units to drop.activation
: The activation used in the residual blocks o = activation(x + F(x)).kernel_initializer
: Initializer for the kernel weights matrix (Conv1D).use_batch_norm
: Whether to use batch normalization in the residual layers or not.use_layer_norm
: Whether to use layer normalization in the residual layers or not.use_weight_norm
: Whether to use weight normalization in the residual layers or not.go_backwards
: Boolean (default False). If True, process the input sequence backwards and return the reversed sequence.return_state
: Boolean. Whether to return the last state in addition to the output. Default: False.kwargs
: Any other set of arguments for configuring the parent class Layer. For example "name=str", Name of the model. Use unique names when using multiple TCN.3D tensor with shape (batch_size, timesteps, input_dim)
.
timesteps
can be None
. This can be useful if each sequence is of a different length: Multiple Length Sequence Example.
return_sequences=True
: 3D tensor with shape (batch_size, timesteps, nb_filters)
.return_sequences=False
: 2D tensor with shape (batch_size, nb_filters)
.Here are some of my notes regarding my experience using TCN:
nb_filters
: Present in any ConvNet architecture. It is linked to the predictive power of the model and affects the size of your network. The more, the better unless you start to overfit. It's similar to the number of units in an LSTM/GRU architecture too.
kernel_size
: Controls the spatial area/volume considered in the convolutional ops. Good values are usually between 2 and 8. If you think your sequence heavily depends on t-1 and t-2, but less on the rest, then choose a kernel size of 2/3. For NLP tasks, we prefer bigger kernel sizes. A large kernel size will make your network much bigger.
dilations
: It controls how deep your TCN layer is. Usually, consider a list with multiple of two. You can guess how many dilations you need by matching the receptive field (of the TCN) with the length of features in your sequence. For example, if your input sequence is periodic, you might want to have multiples of that period as dilations.
nb_stacks
: Not very useful unless your sequences are very long (like waveforms with hundreds of thousands of time steps).
padding
: I have only used causal
since a TCN stands for Temporal Convolutional Networks. Causal prevents information leakage.
use_skip_connections
: Skip connections connects layers, similarly to DenseNet. It helps the gradients flow. Unless you experience a drop in performance, you should always activate it.
return_sequences
: Same as the one present in the LSTM layer. Refer to the Keras doc for this parameter.
dropout_rate
: Similar to recurrent_dropout
for the LSTM layer. I usually don't use it much. Or set it to a low value like 0.05
.
activation
: Leave it to default. I have never changed it.
kernel_initializer
: If the training of the TCN gets stuck, it might be worth changing this parameter. For example: glorot_uniform
.
use_batch_norm
, use_weight_norm
, use_weight_norm
: Use normalization if your network is big enough and the task contains enough data. I usually prefer using use_layer_norm
, but you can try them all and see which one works the best.
The receptive field is defined as: the maximum number of steps back in time from current sample at time T, that a filter from (block, layer, stack, TCN) can hit (effective history) + 1. The receptive field of the TCN can be calculated using the formula:
where N_{stack} is the number of stacks, N_{b} is the number of residual blocks per stack, d is a vector containing the dilations of each residual block in each stack, and K is the kernel size. The 2 is there because there are two Conv1d
layers in a single ResidualBlock
.
Ideally you want your receptive field to be bigger than the largest length of input sequence, if you pass a sequence longer than your receptive field into the model, any extra values (further back in the sequence) will be replaced with zeros.
NOTE: Unlike the TCN, example figures only include a single Conv1d
per layer, so the formula becomes R_{field} = 1 + (K-1)⋅N_{stack}⋅Σi di (without the factor 2).
2
and dilations [1, 2, 4, 8]
, its receptive field is 16
. The image below illustrates it:
ks = 2, dilations = [1, 2, 4, 8], 1 block
ks = 2, dilations = [1, 2, 4, 8], 2 blocks
ks = 2, dilations = [1, 2, 4, 8], 3 blocks
Making the TCN architecture non-causal allows it to take the future into consideration to do its prediction as shown in the figure below.
However, it is not anymore suitable for real-time applications.
Non-Causal TCN - ks = 3, dilations = [1, 2, 4, 8], 1 block
To use a non-causal TCN, specify padding='valid'
or padding='same'
when initializing the TCN layers.
Once keras-tcn
is installed as a package, you can take a glimpse of what is possible to do with TCNs. Some tasks examples are available in the repository for this purpose:
cd adding_problem/
python main.py # run adding problem task
cd copy_memory/
python main.py # run copy memory task
cd mnist_pixel/
python main.py # run sequential mnist pixel task
Reproducible results are possible on (NVIDIA) GPUs using the tensorflow-determinism library. It was tested with keras-tcn by @lingdoc.
Language modeling remains one of the primary applications of recurrent networks. In this example, we show that TCN can beat LSTM on the WordPTB task, without too much tuning.
TCN vs LSTM (comparable number of weights)
The task consists of feeding a large array of decimal numbers to the network, along with a boolean array of the same length. The objective is to sum the two decimals where the boolean array contain the two 1s.
Adding Problem Task
782/782 [==============================] - 154s 197ms/step - loss: 0.8437 - val_loss: 0.1883
782/782 [==============================] - 154s 196ms/step - loss: 0.0702 - val_loss: 0.0111
[...]
782/782 [==============================] - 152s 194ms/step - loss: 6.9630e-04 - val_loss: 3.7180e-04
The copy memory consists of a very large array:
The idea is to copy the content of the vector x to the end of the large array. The task is made sufficiently complex by increasing the number of 0s in the middle.
Copy Memory Task
118/118 [==============================] - 17s 143ms/step - loss: 1.1732 - accuracy: 0.6725 - val_loss: 0.1119 - val_accuracy: 0.9796
[...]
118/118 [==============================] - 15s 125ms/step - loss: 0.0268 - accuracy: 0.9885 - val_loss: 0.0206 - val_accuracy: 0.9908
118/118 [==============================] - 15s 125ms/step - loss: 0.0228 - accuracy: 0.9900 - val_loss: 0.0169 - val_accuracy: 0.9933
The idea here is to consider MNIST images as 1-D sequences and feed them to the network. This task is particularly hard because sequences are 28*28 = 784 elements. In order to classify correctly, the network has to remember all the sequence. Usual LSTM are unable to perform well on this task.
Sequential MNIST
1875/1875 [==============================] - 46s 25ms/step - loss: 0.0949 - accuracy: 0.9706 - val_loss: 0.0763 - val_accuracy: 0.9756
1875/1875 [==============================] - 46s 25ms/step - loss: 0.0831 - accuracy: 0.9743 - val_loss: 0.0656 - val_accuracy: 0.9807
[...]
1875/1875 [==============================] - 46s 25ms/step - loss: 0.0486 - accuracy: 0.9840 - val_loss: 0.0572 - val_accuracy: 0.9832
1875/1875 [==============================] - 46s 25ms/step - loss: 0.0453 - accuracy: 0.9858 - val_loss: 0.0424 - val_accuracy: 0.9862
@misc{KerasTCN,
author = {Philippe Remy},
title = {Temporal Convolutional Networks for Keras},
year = {2020},
publisher = {GitHub},
journal = {GitHub repository},
howpublished = {\url{https://github.com/philipperemy/keras-tcn}},
}