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A mixture density network (MDN) Layer for Keras using TensorFlow's distributions module. This makes it a bit more simple to experiment with neural networks that predict multiple real-valued variables that can take on multiple equally likely values.

This layer can help build MDN-RNNs similar to those used in RoboJam, Sketch-RNN, handwriting generation, and maybe even world models. You can do a lot of cool stuff with MDNs!

One benefit of this implementation is that you can predict any number of real-values. TensorFlow's `Mixture`

, `Categorical`

, and `MultivariateNormalDiag`

distribution functions are used to generate the loss function (the probability density function of a mixture of multivariate normal distributions with a diagonal covariance matrix). In previous work, the loss function has often been specified by hand which is fine for 1D or 2D prediction, but becomes a bit more annoying after that.

Two important functions are provided for training and prediction:

`get_mixture_loss_func(output_dim, num_mixtures)`

: This function generates a loss function with the correct output dimensiona and number of mixtures.`sample_from_output(params, output_dim, num_mixtures, temp=1.0)`

: This functions samples from the mixture distribution output by the model.

This project requires Python 3.6+, TensorFlow and TensorFlow Probability. You can easily install this package from PyPI via `pip`

like so:

```
python3 -m pip install keras-mdn-layer
```

And finally, import the `mdn`

module in Python: `import mdn`

Alternatively, you can clone or download this repository and then install via `python setup.py install`

, or copy the `mdn`

folder into your own project.

Some examples are provided in the notebooks directory.

There's scripts for fitting multivalued functions, a standard MDN toy problem:

There's also a script for generating fake kanji characters:

And finally, for learning how to generate musical touch-screen performances with a temporal component:

The MDN layer should be the last in your network and you should use `get_mixture_loss_func`

to generate a loss function. Here's an example of a simple network with one Dense layer followed by the MDN.

```
from tensorflow import keras
import mdn
N_HIDDEN = 15 # number of hidden units in the Dense layer
N_MIXES = 10 # number of mixture components
OUTPUT_DIMS = 2 # number of real-values predicted by each mixture component
model = keras.Sequential()
model.add(keras.layers.Dense(N_HIDDEN, batch_input_shape=(None, 1), activation='relu'))
model.add(mdn.MDN(OUTPUT_DIMS, N_MIXES))
model.compile(loss=mdn.get_mixture_loss_func(OUTPUT_DIMS,N_MIXES), optimizer=keras.optimizers.Adam())
model.summary()
```

Fit as normal:

```
history = model.fit(x=x_train, y=y_train)
```

The predictions from the network are parameters of the mixture models, so you have to apply the `sample_from_output`

function to generate samples.

```
y_test = model.predict(x_test)
y_samples = np.apply_along_axis(sample_from_output, 1, y_test, OUTPUT_DIMS, N_MIXES, temp=1.0)
```

See the notebooks directory for examples in jupyter notebooks!

Saving models is straight forward:

```
model.save('test_save.h5')
```

But loading requires `cutom_objects`

to be filled with the MDN layer, and a loss function with the appropriate parameters:

```
m_2 = keras.models.load_model('test_save.h5', custom_objects={'MDN': mdn.MDN, 'mdn_loss_func': mdn.get_mixture_loss_func(1, N_MIXES)})
```

- Hat tip to Omimo's Keras MDN layer for a starting point for this code.
- Super hat tip to hardmaru's MDN explanation, projects, and good ideas for sampling functions etc.
- Many good ideas from Axel Brando's Master's Thesis
- Mixture Density Networks in Edward tutorial.

- Christopher M. Bishop. 1994. Mixture Density Networks. Technical Report NCRG/94/004. Neural Computing Research Group, Aston University. http://publications.aston.ac.uk/373/
- Axel Brando. 2017. Mixture Density Networks (MDN) for distribution and uncertainty estimation. Master’s thesis. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
- A. Graves. 2013. Generating Sequences With Recurrent Neural Networks. ArXiv e-prints (Aug. 2013). https://arxiv.org/abs/1308.0850
- David Ha and Douglas Eck. 2017. A Neural Representation of Sketch Drawings. ArXiv e-prints (April 2017). https://arxiv.org/abs/1704.03477
- Charles P. Martin and Jim Torresen. 2018. RoboJam: A Musical Mixture Density Network for Collaborative Touchscreen Interaction. In Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design: EvoMUSART ’18, A. Liapis et al. (Ed.). Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 10783. Springer International Publishing. DOI:10.1007/9778-3-319-77583-8_11

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