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Layer weight regularizers

Regularizers allow you to apply penalties on layer parameters or layer activity during optimization. These penalties are summed into the loss function that the network optimizes.

Regularization penalties are applied on a per-layer basis. The exact API will
depend on the layer, but many layers (e.g. `Dense`

, `Conv1D`

, `Conv2D`

and
`Conv3D`

) have a unified API.

These layers expose 3 keyword arguments:

`kernel_regularizer`

: Regularizer to apply a penalty on the layer's kernel`bias_regularizer`

: Regularizer to apply a penalty on the layer's bias`activity_regularizer`

: Regularizer to apply a penalty on the layer's output

```
from tensorflow.keras import layers
from tensorflow.keras import regularizers
layer = layers.Dense(
units=64,
kernel_regularizer=regularizers.l1_l2(l1=1e-5, l2=1e-4),
bias_regularizer=regularizers.l2(1e-4),
activity_regularizer=regularizers.l2(1e-5)
)
```

The value returned by the `activity_regularizer`

object gets divided by the input
batch size so that the relative weighting between the weight regularizers and
the activity regularizers does not change with the batch size.

You can access a layer's regularization penalties by calling `layer.losses`

after calling the layer on inputs:

```
layer = tf.keras.layers.Dense(5, kernel_initializer='ones',
kernel_regularizer=tf.keras.regularizers.l1(0.01),
activity_regularizer=tf.keras.regularizers.l2(0.01))
tensor = tf.ones(shape=(5, 5)) * 2.0
out = layer(tensor)
# The kernel regularization term is 0.25
# The activity regularization term (after dividing by the batch size) is 5
print(tf.math.reduce_sum(layer.losses)) # 5.25 (= 5 + 0.25)
```

The following built-in regularizers are available as part of the `tf.keras.regularizers`

module:

`L1`

class```
tf.keras.regularizers.l1(l1=0.01, **kwargs)
```

A regularizer that applies a L1 regularization penalty.

The L1 regularization penalty is computed as:
`loss = l1 * reduce_sum(abs(x))`

L1 may be passed to a layer as a string identifier:

```
``````
>>> dense = tf.keras.layers.Dense(3, kernel_regularizer='l1')
```

In this case, the default value used is `l1=0.01`

.

**Attributes**

**l1**: Float; L1 regularization factor.

`L2`

class```
tf.keras.regularizers.l2(l2=0.01, **kwargs)
```

A regularizer that applies a L2 regularization penalty.

The L2 regularization penalty is computed as:
`loss = l2 * reduce_sum(square(x))`

L2 may be passed to a layer as a string identifier:

```
``````
>>> dense = tf.keras.layers.Dense(3, kernel_regularizer='l2')
```

In this case, the default value used is `l2=0.01`

.

**Attributes**

**l2**: Float; L2 regularization factor.

`l1_l2`

function```
tf.keras.regularizers.l1_l2(l1=0.01, l2=0.01)
```

Create a regularizer that applies both L1 and L2 penalties.

The L1 regularization penalty is computed as:
`loss = l1 * reduce_sum(abs(x))`

The L2 regularization penalty is computed as:
`loss = l2 * reduce_sum(square(x))`

**Arguments**

**l1**: Float; L1 regularization factor.**l2**: Float; L2 regularization factor.

**Returns**

An L1L2 Regularizer with the given regularization factors.

A weight regularizer can be any callable that takes as input a weight tensor
(e.g. the kernel of a `Conv2D`

layer), and returns a scalar loss. Like this:

```
def my_regularizer(x):
return 1e-3 * tf.reduce_sum(tf.square(x))
```

`Regularizer`

subclassesIf you need to configure your regularizer via various arguments
(e.g. `l1`

and `l2`

arguments in `l1_l2`

),
you should implement it as a subclass of `tf.keras.regularizers.Regularizer`

.

Here's a simple example:

```
class MyRegularizer(regularizers.Regularizer):
def __init__(self, strength):
self.strength = strength
def __call__(self, x):
return self.strength * tf.reduce_sum(tf.square(x))
```

Optionally, you an also implement the method `get_config`

and the class
method `from_config`

in order to support serialization -- just like with
any Keras object. Example:

```
class MyRegularizer(regularizers.Regularizer):
def __init__(self, strength):
self.strength = strength
def __call__(self, x):
return self.strength * tf.reduce_sum(tf.square(x))
def get_config(self):
return {'strength': self.strength}
```