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SequenceMask

mxnet.ndarray.SequenceMask(data=None, sequence_length=None, use_sequence_length=_Null, value=_Null, axis=_Null, out=None, name=None, **kwargs)

Sets all elements outside the sequence to a constant value.

This function takes an n-dimensional input array of the form [max_sequence_length, batch_size, other_feature_dims] and returns an array of the same shape.

Parameter sequence_length is used to handle variable-length sequences. sequence_length should be an input array of positive ints of dimension [batch_size]. To use this parameter, set use_sequence_length to True, otherwise each example in the batch is assumed to have the max sequence length and this operator works as the identity operator.

Example:

x = [[[  1.,   2.,   3.],
      [  4.,   5.,   6.]],

     [[  7.,   8.,   9.],
      [ 10.,  11.,  12.]],

     [[ 13.,  14.,   15.],
      [ 16.,  17.,   18.]]]

// Batch 1
B1 = [[  1.,   2.,   3.],
      [  7.,   8.,   9.],
      [ 13.,  14.,  15.]]

// Batch 2
B2 = [[  4.,   5.,   6.],
      [ 10.,  11.,  12.],
      [ 16.,  17.,  18.]]

// works as identity operator when sequence_length parameter is not used
SequenceMask(x) = [[[  1.,   2.,   3.],
                    [  4.,   5.,   6.]],

                   [[  7.,   8.,   9.],
                    [ 10.,  11.,  12.]],

                   [[ 13.,  14.,   15.],
                    [ 16.,  17.,   18.]]]

// sequence_length [1,1] means 1 of each batch will be kept
// and other rows are masked with default mask value = 0
SequenceMask(x, sequence_length=[1,1], use_sequence_length=True) =
             [[[  1.,   2.,   3.],
               [  4.,   5.,   6.]],

              [[  0.,   0.,   0.],
               [  0.,   0.,   0.]],

              [[  0.,   0.,   0.],
               [  0.,   0.,   0.]]]

// sequence_length [2,3] means 2 of batch B1 and 3 of batch B2 will be kept
// and other rows are masked with value = 1
SequenceMask(x, sequence_length=[2,3], use_sequence_length=True, value=1) =
             [[[  1.,   2.,   3.],
               [  4.,   5.,   6.]],

              [[  7.,   8.,   9.],
               [  10.,  11.,  12.]],

              [[   1.,   1.,   1.],
               [  16.,  17.,  18.]]]

Defined in src/operator/sequence_mask.cc:L114

Parameters:
  • data (NDArray) – n-dimensional input array of the form [max_sequence_length, batch_size, other_feature_dims] where n>2
  • sequence_length (NDArray) – vector of sequence lengths of the form [batch_size]
  • use_sequence_length (boolean, optional, default=0) – If set to true, this layer takes in an extra input parameter sequence_length to specify variable length sequence
  • value (float, optional, default=0) – The value to be used as a mask.
  • axis (int, optional, default='0') – The sequence axis. Only values of 0 and 1 are currently supported.
  • out (NDArray, optional) – The output NDArray to hold the result.
Returns:

out – The output of this function.

Return type:

NDArray or list of NDArrays