So, Let’s begin 😈…

Linear Algebra

Linear algebra is the branch of mathematics concerning linear equations and linear functions and their representations through matrices and vector spaces.

Machine Learning relies heavily on Linear Algebra, so it is essential to understand what vectors and matrices are, what operations you can perform with them, and how they can be useful.

If you are already familiar with linear algebra, feel free to skip this chapter but note that the implementation of certain functions are different between Tensorflow 1.0 and Tensorflow 2.0 so you should atleast skim through the code.

If you have had no exposure at all to linear algebra, this chapter will teach you enough to read this book.

# Installs
!pip install -q tensorflow==2.0.0-alpha0

# Imports
import tensorflow as tf
import sys
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import pandas as pd

If you are running this notebook in Google colab, make sure to upload the file to your
session before running it, but if you are running this in Binder, then you
don't have to worry about it. The file will be in the notebook
folder in GitHub.

from helpers import vector_plot, plot_transform

Scalars, Vectors, Matrices and Tensors

Scalars: are just a single number. For example temperature, which is denoted by just one number.

Vectors: are an array of numbers. The numbers are arranged in order and we can identify each individual number by its index in that ordering. We can think of vectors as identifying points in space, with each element giving the coordinate along a different axis. In simple terms, a vector is an arrow representing a quantity that has both magnitude and direction wherein the length of the arrow represents the magnitude and the orientation tells you the direction. For example wind, which has a direction and magnitude.

Matrices: A matrix is a 2D-array of numbers, so each element is identified by two indices instead of just one. If a real valued matrix A has a height of m and a width of n, then we say that A∈Rm×n. We identify the elements of the matrix as Am,n where m represents the row and n represents the column.

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

Tensors: In the general case, are an array of numbers arranged on a regular grid with a variable number of axes is knows as a tensor. We identify the elements of a tensor A at coordinates(i, j, k) by writing Ai,j,k. But to truly understand tensors, we need to expand the way we think of vectors as only arrows with a magnitude and direction. Remember that a vector can be represented by three components, namely the x, y and z components (basis vectors). If you have a pen and a paper, let’s do a small experiment, place the pen vertically on the paper and slant it by some angle and now shine a light from top such that the shadow of the pen falls on the paper, this shadow, represents the x component of the vector “pen” and the height from the paper to the tip of the pen is the y component. Now, let’s take these components to describe tensors, imagine, you are Indiana Jones or a treasure hunter and you are trapped in a cube and there are three arrows flying towards you from the three faces (to represent x, y, z axis) of the cube 😬, I know this will be the last thing you would think in such a situation but you can think of those three arrows as vectors pointing towards you from the three faces of the cube and you can represent those vectors (arrows) in x, y and z components, now that is a rank 2 tensor (matrix) with 9 components. Remember that this is a very very simple explanation of tensors. Following is a representation of a tensor:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

We can add matrices to each other as long as they have the same shape, just by adding their corresponding elements:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

In tensorflow a:

  • Rank 0 Tensor is a Scalar
  • Rank 1 Tensor is a Vector
  • Rank 2 Tensor is a Matrix
  • Rank 3 Tensor is a 3-Tensor
  • Rank n Tensor is a n-Tensor
# let's create a ones 3x3 rank 2 tensor
rank_2_tensor_A = tf.ones([3, 3], name='MatrixA')
print("3x3 Rank 2 Tensor A: \n{}\n".format(rank_2_tensor_A))

# let's manually create a 3x3 rank two tensor and specify the data type as float
rank_2_tensor_B = tf.constant([[1, 2, 3], [4, 5, 6], [7, 8, 9]], name='MatrixB', dtype=tf.float32)
print("3x3 Rank 2 Tensor B: \n{}\n".format(rank_2_tensor_B))

# addition of the two tensors
rank_2_tensor_C = tf.add(rank_2_tensor_A, rank_2_tensor_B, name='MatrixC')
print("Rank 2 Tensor C with shape={} and elements: \n{}".format(rank_2_tensor_C.shape, rank_2_tensor_C))

# Let's see what happens if the shapes are not the same
two_by_three = tf.ones([2, 3])
    incompatible_tensor = tf.add(two_by_three, rank_2_tensor_B)
    print("""Incompatible shapes to add with two_by_three of shape {0} and 3x3 Rank 2 Tensor B of shape {1}
    """.format(two_by_three.shape, rank_2_tensor_B.shape))

We can also add a scalar to a matrix or multiply a matrix by a scalar, just by performing that operation on each element of a matrix:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

# Create scalar a, c and Matrix B
rank_0_tensor_a = tf.constant(2, name="scalar_a", dtype=tf.float32)
rank_2_tensor_B = tf.constant([[1, 2, 3], [4, 5, 6], [7, 8, 9]], name='MatrixB', dtype=tf.float32)
rank_0_tensor_c = tf.constant(3, name="scalar_c", dtype=tf.float32)

# multiplying aB
multiply_scalar = tf.multiply(rank_0_tensor_a, rank_2_tensor_B)
# adding aB + c
rank_2_tensor_D = tf.add(multiply_scalar, rank_0_tensor_c, name="MatrixD")

print("""Original Rank 2 Tensor B: \n{0} \n\nScalar a: {1}
Rank 2 Tensor for aB: \n{2} \n\nScalar c: {3} \nRank 2 Tensor D = aB + c: \n{4}
""".format(rank_2_tensor_B, rank_0_tensor_a, multiply_scalar, rank_0_tensor_c, rank_2_tensor_D))

One important operation on matrices is the transpose. The transpose of a matrix is the mirror image of the martrix across a diagonal line, called the main diagonal. We denote the transpose of a matrix A as A⊤ and is defined as such: (A⊤)i,j=Aj,i

# Creating a Matrix E
rank_2_tensor_E = tf.constant([[1, 2, 3], [4, 5, 6]])
# Transposing Matrix E
transpose_E = tf.transpose(rank_2_tensor_E, name="transposeE")

print("""Rank 2 Tensor E of shape: {0} and elements: \n{1}\n
Transpose of Rank 2 Tensor E of shape: {2} and elements: \n{3}""".format(rank_2_tensor_E.shape, rank_2_tensor_E, transpose_E.shape, transpose_E))

In deep learning we allow the addition of matrix and a vector, yielding another matrix where Ci,j=Ai,j+bj. In other words, the vector b is added to each row of the matrix. This implicit copying of b to many locations is called broadcasting

# Creating a vector b
rank_1_tensor_b = tf.constant([[4.], [5.], [6.]])
# Broadcasting a vector b to a matrix A such that it yields a matrix F = A + b
rank_2_tensor_F = tf.add(rank_2_tensor_A, rank_1_tensor_b, name="broadcastF")

print("""Rank 2 tensor A: \n{0}\n \nRank 1 Tensor b: \n{1}
\nRank 2 tensor F = A + b:\n{2}""".format(rank_2_tensor_A, rank_1_tensor_b, rank_2_tensor_F))

Multiplying Matrices and Vectors

To define the matrix product of matrices A and B, A must have the same number of columns as B. If A is of shape m x n and B is of shape n x p, then C is of shape m x p.

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

If you do not recall how matrix multiplication is performed, take a look at:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

# Matrix A and B with shapes (2, 3) and (3, 4)
mmv_matrix_A = tf.ones([2, 3], name="matrix_A")
mmv_matrix_B = tf.constant([[1, 2, 3, 4], [1, 2, 3, 4], [1, 2, 3, 4]], name="matrix_B", dtype=tf.float32)

# Matrix Multiplication: C = AB with C shape (2, 4)
matrix_multiply_C = tf.matmul(mmv_matrix_A, mmv_matrix_B, name="matrix_multiply_C")

print("""Matrix A: shape {0} \nelements: \n{1} \n\nMatrix B: shape {2} \nelements: \n{3}
\nMatrix C: shape {4} \nelements: \n{5}""".format(mmv_matrix_A.shape, mmv_matrix_A, mmv_matrix_B.shape, mmv_matrix_B, matrix_multiply_C.shape, matrix_multiply_C))

To get a matrix containing the product of the individual elements, we use element wise product or Hadamard product and is denoted as A⊙B.

Note that we use multiply to do element wise matrix multiplication and matmul
to do matrix multiplication
# Creating new Matrix A and B with shapes (3, 3)
element_matrix_A = tf.ones([3, 3], name="element_matrix_A")
element_matrix_B = tf.constant([[1, 2, 3], [4, 5, 6], [7, 8, 9]], name="element_matrix_B", dtype=tf.float32)

# Element wise multiplication of Matrix A and B
element_wise_C = tf.multiply(element_matrix_A, element_matrix_B, name="element_wise_C")

print("""Matrix A: shape {0} \nelements: \n{1} \n\nMatrix A: shape {2} \nelements: \n{3}\n
Matrix C: shape {4} \nelements: \n{5}""".format(element_matrix_A.shape, element_matrix_A, element_matrix_B.shape, element_matrix_B, element_wise_C.shape, element_wise_C))

To compute the dot product between A and B we compute Ci,j as the dot product between row i of A and column j of B.

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

# Creating Matrix A and B with shapes (3, 3)
dot_matrix_A = tf.ones([3, 3], name="dot_matrix_A")
dot_matrix_B = tf.constant([[1, 2, 3], [4, 5, 6], [7, 8, 9]], name="dot_matrix_B", dtype=tf.float32)

# Dot product of A and B
dot_product_C = tf.tensordot(dot_matrix_A, dot_matrix_B, axes=1, name="dot_product_C")

print("""Matrix A: shape {0} \nelements: \n{1} \n\nMatrix B: shape {2} \nelements: \n{3}\n
Matrix C: shape {4} \nelements: \n{5}""".format(dot_matrix_A.shape, dot_matrix_A, dot_matrix_B.shape, dot_matrix_B, dot_product_C.shape, dot_product_C))

Some properties of matrix multiplication (Distributive Property):

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

# Common Matrices to check all the matrix Properties
matrix_A = tf.constant([[1, 2], [3, 4]], name="matrix_a")
matrix_B = tf.constant([[5, 6], [7, 8]], name="matrix_b")
matrix_C = tf.constant([[9, 1], [2, 3]], name="matrix_c")
# Distributive Property
print("Matrix A: \n{} \n\nMatrix B: \n{} \n\nMatrix C: \n{}\n".format(matrix_A, matrix_B, matrix_C))

# AB + AC
distributive_RHS = tf.add(tf.matmul(matrix_A, matrix_B), tf.matmul(matrix_A, matrix_C), name="RHS")

# A(B+C)
distributive_LHS = tf.matmul(matrix_A, (tf.add(matrix_B, matrix_C)), name="LHS")

Following is another way a conditional statement can be implemented from tensorflow
This might not seem very useful now but I want to introduce it here so you can
figure out how it works for a simple example.
# To compare each element in the matrix, you need to reduce it first and check if it's equal
predictor = tf.reduce_all(tf.equal(distributive_RHS, distributive_LHS))

# condition to act on if predictor is True
def true_print(): print("""Distributive property is valid
RHS: AB + AC: \n{} \n\nLHS: A(B+C): \n{}""".format(distributive_RHS, distributive_LHS))

# condition to act on if predictor is False
def false_print(): print("""You Broke the Distributive Property of Matrix
RHS: AB + AC: \n{} \n\nis NOT Equal to LHS: A(B+C): \n{}""".format(distributive_RHS, distributive_LHS))

tf.cond(predictor, true_print, false_print)

Some properties of matrix multiplication (Associative property):

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

# Associative property
print("Matrix A: \n{} \n\nMatrix B: \n{} \n\nMatrix C: \n{}\n".format(matrix_A, matrix_B, matrix_C))

# (AB)C
associative_RHS = tf.matmul(tf.matmul(matrix_A, matrix_B), matrix_C)

# A(BC)
associative_LHS = tf.matmul(matrix_A, tf.matmul(matrix_B, matrix_C))

# To compare each element in the matrix, you need to reduce it first and check if it's equal
predictor = tf.reduce_all(tf.equal(associative_RHS, associative_LHS))

# condition to act on if predictor is True
def true_print(): print("""Associative property is valid
RHS: (AB)C: \n{} \n\nLHS: A(BC): \n{}""".format(associative_RHS, associative_LHS))

# condition to act on if predictor is False
def false_print(): print("""You Broke the Associative Property of Matrix
RHS: (AB)C: \n{} \n\nLHS: A(BC): \n{}""".format(associative_RHS, associative_LHS))

tf.cond(predictor, true_print, false_print)

Some properties of matrix multiplication (Matrix multiplication is not commutative):

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

# Matrix multiplication is not commutative
print("Matrix A: \n{} \n\nMatrix B: \n{}\n".format(matrix_A, matrix_B))

# Matrix A times B
commutative_RHS = tf.matmul(matrix_A, matrix_B)

# Matrix B times A
commutative_LHS = tf.matmul(matrix_B, matrix_A)

predictor = tf.logical_not(tf.reduce_all(tf.equal(commutative_RHS, commutative_LHS)))
def true_print(): print("""Matrix Multiplication is not commutative
RHS: (AB): \n{} \n\nLHS: (BA): \n{}""".format(commutative_RHS, commutative_LHS))

def false_print(): print("""You made Matrix Multiplication commutative
RHS: (AB): \n{} \n\nLHS: (BA): \n{}""".format(commutative_RHS, commutative_LHS))

tf.cond(predictor, true_print, false_print)

Some properties of matrix multiplication (Transpose):

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

# Transpose of a matrix
print("Matrix A: \n{} \n\nMatrix B: \n{}\n".format(matrix_A, matrix_B))

# Tensorflow transpose function
transpose_RHS = tf.transpose(tf.matmul(matrix_A, matrix_B))

# If you are doing matrix multiplication tf.matmul has a parameter to take the tranpose and then matrix multiply
transpose_LHS = tf.matmul(matrix_B, matrix_A, transpose_a=True, transpose_b=True)

predictor = tf.reduce_all(tf.equal(transpose_RHS, transpose_LHS))
def true_print(): print("""Transpose property is valid
RHS: (AB):^T \n{} \n\nLHS: (B^T A^T): \n{}""".format(transpose_RHS, transpose_LHS))

def false_print(): print("""You Broke the Transpose Property of Matrix
RHS: (AB):^T \n{} \n\nLHS: (B^T A^T): \n{}""".format(transpose_RHS, transpose_LHS))

tf.cond(predictor, true_print, false_print)

Identity and Inverse Matrices

Linear algebra offers a powerful tool called matrix inversion that enables us to analytically solve Ax=b for many values of A To describe matrix inversion, we first need to define the concept of an identity matrix. An identity matrix is a matrix that does not change any vector when we multiply that vector by that matrix.

Such that:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

The structure of the identity matrix is simple: all the entries along the main diagonal are 1, while all the other entries are zero.

# let's create a identity matrix I
identity_matrix_I = tf.eye(3, 3, dtype=tf.float32, name='IdentityMatrixI')
print("Identity matrix I: \n{}\n".format(identity_matrix_I))

# let's create a 3x1 vector x
iim_vector_x = tf.constant([[4], [5], [6]], name='Vector_x', dtype=tf.float32)
print("Vector x: \n{}\n".format(iim_vector_x))

# Ix will result in x
iim_matrix_C = tf.matmul(identity_matrix_I, iim_vector_x, name='MatrixC')
print("Matrix C from Ix: \n{}".format(iim_matrix_C))

The matrix inverse of A is denoted as A−1, and it is defined as the matrix such that:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

iim_matrix_A = tf.constant([[2, 3], [2, 2]], name='MatrixA', dtype=tf.float32)

    # Tensorflow function to take the inverse
    inverse_matrix_A = tf.linalg.inv(iim_matrix_A)

    # Creating a identity matrix using tf.eye
    identity_matrix = tf.eye(2, 2, dtype=tf.float32, name="identity")

    iim_RHS = identity_matrix
    iim_LHS = tf.matmul(inverse_matrix_A, iim_matrix_A, name="LHS")

    predictor = tf.reduce_all(tf.equal(iim_RHS, iim_LHS))
    def true_print(): print("""A^-1 times A equals the Identity Matrix
Matrix A: \n{0} \n\nInverse of Matrix A: \n{1} \n\nRHS: I: \n{2} \n\nLHS: A^(-1) A: \n{3}""".format(iim_matrix_A, inverse_matrix_A, iim_RHS, iim_LHS))
    def false_print(): print("Condition Failed")
    tf.cond(predictor, true_print, false_print)

    print("""A^-1 doesnt exist
    Matrix A: \n{} \n\nInverse of Matrix A: \n{} \n\nRHS: I: \n{}
    \nLHS: (A^(-1) A): \n{}""".format(iim_matrix_A, inverse_matrix_A, iim_RHS, iim_LHS))

If you try different values for Matrix A, you will see that, not all A has an inverse and we will discuss the conditions for the existence of A−1 in the following section.

We can then solve the equation Ax=b as:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

This process depends on it being possible to find A−1.

We can calculate the inverse of a matrix by:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

Lets see how we can solve a simple linear equation: 2x + 3y = 6 and 4x + 9y = 15

# The above system of equation can be written in the matrix format as:
sys_matrix_A = tf.constant([[2, 3], [4, 9]], dtype=tf.float32)
sys_vector_B = tf.constant([[6], [15]], dtype=tf.float32)
print("Matrix A: \n{} \n\nVector B: \n{}\n".format(sys_matrix_A, sys_vector_B))

# now to solve for x: x = A^(-1)b
sys_x = tf.matmul(tf.linalg.inv(sys_matrix_A), sys_vector_B)
print("Vector x is: \n{} \nWhere x = {} and y = {}".format(sys_x, sys_x[0], sys_x[1]))

Linear Dependence and Span

For A−1 to exits, Ax=b must have exactly one solution for every value of b. It is also possible for the system of equations to have no solutions or infinitely many solutions for some values of b. This is simply because we are dealing with linear systems and two lines can’t cross more than once. So, they can either cross once, cross never, or have infinite crossing, meaning the two lines are superimposed.

Hence if both x and y are solutions then:

z=αx+(1−α)y is also a solution for any real α

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

The span of a set of vectors is the set of all linear combinations of the vectors. Formally, a linear combination of some set of vectors v1,⋯,vn is given by multiplying each vecor v(i) by a corresponding scalar coefficient and adding the results:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

Determining whether Ax=b has a solution thus amounts to testing whether b is in the span of the columns of A. This particular span is known as the column space or the range, of A .

In order for the system Ax=b to have a solution for all values of b∈Rm, we require that the column space of A be all of Rm.

A set of vectors v1,⋯,vn is linearly independent if the only solution to the vector equation λ1v1+⋯λnvn=0 is λi=0 ∀i. If a set of vectors is not linearly independent, then it is linearly dependent.

For the matrix to have an inverse, the matrix must be square, that is, we require that m = n and that all the columns be linearly independent. A square matrix with linearly dependent columns is known as singular.

If A is not square or is square but singular, solving the equation is still possible, but we cannot use the method of matrix inversion to find the solution.

So far we have discussed matrix inverses as being multiplied on the left. It is also possible to define an inverse that is multiplied on the right. For square matrixes, the left inverse and right inverse are equal.

# Lets start by finding for some value of A and x, what the result of x is
lds_matrix_A = tf.constant([[3, 1], [1, 2]], name='MatrixA', dtype=tf.float32)
lds_vector_x = tf.constant([2, 3], name='vectorX', dtype=tf.float32)
lds_b = tf.multiply(lds_matrix_A, lds_vector_x, name="b")

# Now let's see if an inverse for Matrix A exists
    inverse_A = tf.linalg.inv(lds_matrix_A)
    print("Matrix A is successfully inverted: \n{}".format(inverse_A))
    print("Inverse of Matrix A: \n{} \ndoesn't exist. ".format(lds_matrix_A))

# Let's find the value of x using x = A^(-1)b
verify_x = tf.matmul(inverse_A, lds_b, name="verifyX")
predictor = tf.equal(lds_vector_x[0], verify_x[0][0]) and tf.equal(lds_vector_x[1], verify_x[1][1])

def true_print(): print("""\nThe two x values match, we proved that if a matrix A is invertible
Then x = A^T b, \nwhere x: {}, \n\nA^T: \n{}, \n\nb: \n{}""".format(lds_vector_x, inverse_A, lds_b))

def false_print(): print("""\nThe two x values don't match.
Vector x: {} \n\nA^(-1)b: \n{}""".format(lds_vector_x, verify_x))

tf.cond(predictor, true_print, false_print)

Note that, finding inverses can be a challenging process if you want to calculate it, but using tensorflow or any other library, you can easily check if the inverse of the matrix exists. If you know the conditions and know how to solve matrix equations using tensorflow, you should be good, but for the reader who wants to go deeper, check Linear Dependence and Span for further examples and definitions.


In machine learning if we need to measure the size of vectors, we use a function called a norm. And norm is what is generally used to evaluate the error of a model. Formally, the LP norm is given by:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

for p∈R,p≥1On an intuitive level, the norm of a vector x measures the distance from the origin to the point x

More rigorously, a norm is any function f that satisfies the following properties:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

The L2 norm with p=2 is known as the Euclidean norm. Which is simply the Euclidean distance from the origin to the point identified by x. It is also common to measure the size of a vector using the squared L2 norm, which can be calculated simply as x⊤x

# Euclidean distance between square root(3^2 + 4^2) calculated by setting ord='euclidean'
dist_euclidean = tf.norm([3., 4.], ord='euclidean')
print("Euclidean Distance: {}".format(dist_euclidean))

# Size of the vector [3., 4.]
vector_size = tf.multiply(tf.transpose([3., 4.]), [3., 4.])
print("Vector Size: {}".format(vector_size))

In many contexts, the squared L2 norm may be undesirable, because it increases very slowly near the origin. In many machine learning applications, it is important to discriminate between elements that are exactly zero and elements that are small but nonzero. In these cases, we turn to a function that grows at the same rate in all locations, but retains mathematical simplicity: the L1 norm, which can be simplified to:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

def SE(x,y,intc,beta):
    return (1./len(x))*(0.5)*sum(y - beta * x - intc)**2

def L1(intc,beta,lam):
    return lam*(tf.abs(intc) + tf.abs(beta))

def L2(intc,beta,lam):
    return lam*(intc**2 + beta**2)

N = 100
x = np.random.randn(N)
y = 2 * x + np.random.randn(N)

beta_N = 100
beta = tf.linspace(-100., 100., beta_N)
intc = 0.0

SE_array = np.array([SE(x,y,intc,i) for i in beta])
L1_array = np.array([L1(intc,i,lam=30) for i in beta])
L2_array = np.array([L2(intc,i,lam=1) for i in beta])

fig1 = plt.figure()
ax1 = fig1.add_subplot(1,1,1)
ax1.plot(beta, SE_array, label='Squared L2 Norm')
ax1.plot(beta, L1_array, label='L1 norm')
ax1.plot(beta, L2_array, label='L2 norm')
plt.rc_context({'axes.edgecolor':'orange', 'xtick.color':'red', 'ytick.color':'red'})
plt.title('The graph of each of the norms', color='w')

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

One other norm that commonly arises in machine learning is the L∞ norm, also known as the max norm. This norm simplifies to the absolute value of the element with the largest magnitude in the vector,

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

If we wish to measure the size of a matrix, in context of deep learning, the most common way to do this is with the Frobenius norm:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

n_matrix_A = tf.constant([[2, -1, 5], [0, 2, 1], [3, 1, 1]], name="matrix_A", dtype=tf.float32)

# Frobenius norm for matrix calculated by setting ord='fro'
frobenius_norm = tf.norm(n_matrix_A, ord='fro', axis=(0, 1))
print("Frobenius norm: {}".format(frobenius_norm))

The dot product of two vectors can be rewritten in terms of norms as:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

where θ is the angle between x and y.

# for x(0, 2) and y(2, 2) cos theta = 45 degrees
n_vector_x = tf.constant([[0], [2]], dtype=tf.float32, name="vectorX")
n_vector_y = tf.constant([[2], [2]], dtype=tf.float32, name="vectorY")

# Due to pi being in, we won't get an exact value so we are rounding our final value
prod_RHS = tf.round(tf.multiply(tf.multiply(tf.norm(n_vector_x), tf.norm(n_vector_y)), tf.cos(np.pi/4)))
prod_LHS = tf.tensordot(tf.transpose(n_vector_x), n_vector_y, axes=1, name="LHS")

predictor = tf.equal(prod_RHS, prod_LHS)
def true_print(): print("""Dot Product can be rewritten in terms of norms, where \n
RHS: {} \nLHS: {}""".format(prod_RHS, prod_LHS))

def false_print(): print("""Dot Product can not be rewritten in terms of norms, where \n
RHS: {} \nLHS: {}""".format(prod_RHS, prod_LHS))

tf.cond(predictor, true_print, false_print)

plt.rc_context({'axes.edgecolor':'orange', 'xtick.color':'red', 'ytick.color':'red'})
plt.xlim(-2, 10)
plt.ylim(-1, 10)
plt.axvline(x=0, color='grey', zorder=0)
plt.axhline(y=0, color='grey', zorder=0)
plt.text(-1, 2, r'$\vec{x}$', size=18)
plt.text(2, 1.5, r'$\vec{y}$', size=18)
plt.quiver(*origin, n_vector_x, n_vector_y, color=['#FF9A13','#1190FF'], scale=8)

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

Special Kinds of Matrices and Vectors

Diagonal matrices consist mostly of zeros and have nonzero entries only along the main diagonal. Identity matrix is an example of diagonal matrix. We write diag(v) to denote a square diagonal matrix whose diagonal entries are given by the entries of the vector v. To compute diag(v)x we only need to scale each element xi by vi. In other words:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

# create vector v and x
sp_vector_v = tf.random.uniform([5], minval=0, maxval=10, dtype = tf.int32, seed = 0, name="vector_v")
sp_vector_x = tf.random.uniform([5], minval=0, maxval=10, dtype = tf.int32, seed = 0, name="vector_x")
print("Vector v: {} \nVector x: {}\n".format(sp_vector_v, sp_vector_x))

# RHS diagonal vector v dot diagonal vector x. The linalg.diag converts a vector to a diagonal matrix
sp_RHS = tf.tensordot(tf.linalg.diag(sp_vector_v), tf.linalg.diag(sp_vector_x), axes=1)

# LHS diag(v)x
sp_LHS = tf.multiply(tf.linalg.diag(sp_vector_v), sp_vector_x)

predictor = tf.reduce_all(tf.equal(sp_RHS, sp_LHS))
def true_print(): print("Diagonal of v times x: \n{} \n\nis equal to vector v dot vector x: \n{}".format(sp_RHS, sp_LHS))
def false_print(): print("Diagonal of v times x: \n{} \n\nis NOT equal to vector v dot vector x: \n{}".format(sp_RHS, sp_LHS))

tf.cond(predictor, true_print, false_print)

Inverting a square diagonal matrix is also efficient. The inverse exists only if every diagonal entry is nonzero, and in that case:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

    # try creating a vector_v with zero elements and see what happens
    d_vector_v = tf.random.uniform([5], minval=1, maxval=10, dtype = tf.float32, seed = 0, name="vector_v")
    print("Vector v: {}".format(d_vector_v))

    # linalg.diag converts a vector to a diagonal matrix
    diag_RHS = tf.linalg.diag(tf.transpose(1. / d_vector_v))

    # we convert the vector to diagonal matrix and take it's inverse
    inv_LHS = tf.linalg.inv(tf.linalg.diag(d_vector_v))

    predictor = tf.reduce_all(tf.equal(diag_RHS, inv_LHS))
    def true_print(): print("The inverse of LHS: \n{} \n\nMatch the inverse of RHS: \n{}".format(diag_RHS, inv_LHS))
    def false_print(): print("The inverse of LHS: \n{} \n\n Does not match the inverse of RHS: \n{}".format(diag_RHS, inv_LHS))
    tf.cond(predictor, true_print, false_print)

    print("The inverse exists only if every diagonal is nonzero, your vector looks: \n{}".format(d_vector_v))

Not all diagonal matrices need be square. It is possible to construct a rectangular diagonal matrix. Nonsquare diagonal matrices do not have inverses, but we can still multiply by them cheaply. For a nonsquare diagonal matrix D, the product Dx will involve scaling each element of x and either concatenating some zeros to the result, if D is taller than it is wide, or discarding some of the last elements of the vector, if D is wider than it is tall.

A symmetric matrix is any matrix that is equal to its own transpose: A=A⊤

Symmetric matrices often arise when the entries are generated by some function of two arguments that does not depend on the order of the arguments. For example, if A is a matrix of distance measurements, with Ai,j giving the distance from point i to point j, then Ai,j=Aj,i because distance functions are symmetric.

# create a symmetric matrix
sp_matrix_A = tf.constant([[0, 1, 3], [1, 2, 4], [3, 4, 5]], name="matrix_a", dtype=tf.int32)

# get the transpose of matrix A
sp_transpose_a = tf.transpose(sp_matrix_A)

predictor = tf.reduce_all(tf.equal(sp_matrix_A, sp_transpose_a))
def true_print(): print("Matrix A: \n{} \n\nMatches the the transpose of Matrix A: \n{}".format(sp_matrix_A, sp_transpose_a))
def false_print(): print("Matrix A: \n{} \n\nDoes Not match the the transpose of Matrix A: \n{}".format(sp_matrix_A, sp_transpose_a))

tf.cond(predictor, true_print, false_print)

A vector x and a vector y are orthogonal to each other if x⊤y=0. If both vectors have nonzero norm, this means that they are at a 90 degree angle to each other.

# Lets create two vectors
ortho_vector_x = tf.constant([2, 2], dtype=tf.float32, name="vector_x")
ortho_vector_y = tf.constant([2, -2], dtype=tf.float32, name="vector_y")
print("Vector x: {} \nVector y: {}\n".format(ortho_vector_x, ortho_vector_y))

# lets verify if x transpose dot y is zero
ortho_LHS = tf.tensordot(tf.transpose(ortho_vector_x), ortho_vector_y, axes=1)
print("X transpose times y = {}\n".format(ortho_LHS))

# let's see what their norms are
ortho_norm_x = tf.norm(ortho_vector_x)
ortho_norm_y = tf.norm(ortho_vector_y)
print("Norm x: {} \nNorm y: {}\n".format(ortho_norm_x, ortho_norm_y))

# If they have non zero norm, let's see what angle they are to each other
if tf.logical_and(ortho_norm_x > 0, ortho_norm_y > 0):
    # from the equation cos theta = (x dot y)/(norm of x times norm y)
    cosine_angle = (tf.divide(tf.tensordot(ortho_vector_x, ortho_vector_y, axes=1), tf.multiply(ortho_norm_x, ortho_norm_y)))
    print("Angle between vector x and vector y is: {} degrees".format(tf.acos(cosine_angle) * 180 /np.pi))

    plt.rc_context({'axes.edgecolor':'orange', 'xtick.color':'red', 'ytick.color':'red'})
    plt.xlim(-1, 10)
    plt.ylim(-10, 10)
    plt.axvline(x=0, color='grey', zorder=0)
    plt.axhline(y=0, color='grey', zorder=0)
    plt.text(1, 4, r'$\vec{x}$', size=18)
    plt.text(1, -6, r'$\vec{y}$', size=18)
    plt.quiver(*origin, ortho_vector_x, ortho_vector_y, color=['#FF9A13','#1190FF'], scale=8)

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

A unit vector is a vector with a unit norm: ∥x∥2=1.

If two vectors are not only are orthogonal but also have unit norm, we call them orthonormal.

A orthogonal matrix is a square matrix whose rows are mutually orthonormal and whose columns are mutually orthonormal:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

which implies A−1=A⊤so orthogonal matrices are of interest because their inverse is very cheap to compute.

# Lets use sine and cosine to create orthogonal matrix
ortho_matrix_A = tf.Variable([[tf.cos(.5), -tf.sin(.5)], [tf.sin(.5), tf.cos(.5)]], name="matrixA")
print("Matrix A: \n{}\n".format(ortho_matrix_A))

# extract columns from the matrix to verify if they are orthogonal
col_0 = tf.reshape(ortho_matrix_A[:, 0], [2, 1])
col_1 = tf.reshape(ortho_matrix_A[:, 1], [2, 1])
row_0 = tf.reshape(ortho_matrix_A[0, :], [2, 1])
row_1 = tf.reshape(ortho_matrix_A[1, :], [2, 1])

# Verifying if the columns are orthogonal
ortho_column = tf.tensordot(tf.transpose(col_0), col_1, axes=2)
print("Columns are orthogonal: {}".format(ortho_column))
plt.rc_context({'axes.edgecolor':'orange', 'xtick.color':'red', 'ytick.color':'red'})
origin = [0, 0]
plt.xlim(-2, 2)
plt.ylim(-3, 4)
plt.axvline(x=0, color='grey', zorder=0)
plt.axhline(y=0, color='grey', zorder=0)
plt.text(0, 2, r'$\vec{col_0}$', size=18)
plt.text(0.5, -2, r'$\vec{col_1}$', size=18)
plt.quiver(*origin, col_0, col_1, color=['#FF9A13','#FF9A13'], scale=3)

# Verifying if the rows are orthogonal
ortho_row = tf.tensordot(tf.transpose(row_0), row_1, axes=2)
print("Rows are orthogonal: {}\n".format(ortho_row))
plt.text(-1, 2, r'$\vec{row_0}$', size=18)
plt.text(1, 0.5, r'$\vec{row_1}$', size=18)
plt.quiver(*origin, row_0, row_1, color=['r','r'], scale=3)

# inverse of matrix A
ortho_inverse_A = tf.linalg.inv(ortho_matrix_A)

# Transpose of matrix A
ortho_transpose_A = tf.transpose(ortho_matrix_A)

predictor = tf.reduce_all(tf.equal(ortho_inverse_A, ortho_transpose_A))
def true_print(): print("Inverse of Matrix A: \n{} \n\nEquals the transpose of Matrix A: \n{}".format(ortho_inverse_A, ortho_transpose_A))
def false_print(): print("Inverse of Matrix A: \n{} \n\nDoes not equal the transpose of Matrix A: \n{}".format(ortho_inverse_A, ortho_transpose_A))

tf.cond(predictor, true_print, false_print)

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0


We can represent a number, for example 12 as 12 = 2 x 2 x 3. The representation will change depending on whether we write it in base ten or in binary but the above representation will always be true and from that we can conclude that 12 is not divisible by 5 and that any integer multiple of 12 will be divisible by 3.

Similarly, we can also decompose matrices in ways that show us information about their functional properties that is not obvious from the representation of the matrix as an array of elements. One of the most widely used kinds of matrix decomposition is called eigen decomposition, in which we decompose a matrix into a set of eigenvectors and eigenvalues.

An eigenvector of a square matrix A is a nonzero vector v such that multiplication by A alters only the scale of v, in short this is a special vector that doesn’t change the direction of the matrix when applied to it :

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

The scale λ is known as the eigenvalue corresponding to this eigenvector.

# Let's see how we can compute the eigen vectors and values from a matrix
e_matrix_A = tf.random.uniform([2, 2], minval=3, maxval=10, dtype=tf.float32, name="matrixA")
print("Matrix A: \n{}\n\n".format(e_matrix_A))

# Calculating the eigen values and vectors using tf.linalg.eigh, if you only want the values you can use eigvalsh
eigen_values_A, eigen_vectors_A = tf.linalg.eigh(e_matrix_A)
print("Eigen Vectors: \n{} \n\nEigen Values: \n{}\n".format(eigen_vectors_A, eigen_values_A))

# Now lets plot our Matrix with the Eigen vector and see how it looks
Av = tf.tensordot(e_matrix_A, eigen_vectors_A, axes=0)
vector_plot([tf.reshape(Av, [-1]), tf.reshape(eigen_vectors_A, [-1])], 10, 10)

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

If v is an eigenvector of A, then so is any rescaled vector sv for s∈R,s≠0.

# Lets us multiply our eigen vector by a random value s and plot the above graph again to see the rescaling
sv = tf.multiply(5, eigen_vectors_A)
vector_plot([tf.reshape(Av, [-1]), tf.reshape(sv, [-1])], 10, 10)

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

Suppose that a matrix A has n linearly independent eigenvectors v(1),⋯,v(n) with corresponding eigenvalues λ(1),⋯,λ(n). We may concatenate all the eigenvectors to form a matrix V with one eigenvector per column: V=[v(1),⋯,v(n)]. Likewise, we can concatenate the eigenvalues to form a vector λ=[λ(1),⋯,λ(n)]⊤. The eigendecomposition of A is then given by

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

# Creating a matrix A to find it's decomposition
eig_matrix_A = tf.constant([[5, 1], [3, 3]], dtype=tf.float32)
new_eigen_values_A, new_eigen_vectors_A = tf.linalg.eigh(eig_matrix_A)

print("Eigen Values of Matrix A: {} \n\nEigen Vector of Matrix A: \n{}\n".format(new_eigen_values_A, new_eigen_vectors_A))

# calculate the diag(lamda)
diag_lambda = tf.linalg.diag(new_eigen_values_A)
print("Diagonal of Lambda: \n{}\n".format(diag_lambda))

# Find the eigendecomposition of matrix A
decomp_A = tf.tensordot(tf.tensordot(eigen_vectors_A, diag_lambda, axes=1), tf.linalg.inv(new_eigen_vectors_A), axes=1)

print("The decomposition Matrix A: \n{}".format(decomp_A))

Not every matrix can be decomposed into eigenvalues and eigenvectors. In some cases, the decomposition exists but involves complex rather than real numbers.

In this book, we usually need to decompose only a specific class of matrices that have a simple decomposition. Specifically, every real symmetric matrix can be decomposed into an expression using only real-valued eigenvectors and eigenvalues:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

where Q is an orthogonal matrix composed of eigenvectors of A and Λ is a diagonal matrix. The eigenvalue Λi,i is associated with the eigenvector in column i of Q, denoted as Q:,i. Because Q is an orthogonal matrix, we can think of A as scaling space by Λi in direction v(i).

# In section 2.6 we manually created a matrix to verify if it is symmetric, but what if we don't know the exact values and want to create a random symmetric matrix
new_matrix_A = tf.Variable(tf.random.uniform([2,2], minval=1, maxval=10, dtype=tf.float32))

# to create an upper triangular matrix from a square one
X_upper = tf.linalg.band_part(new_matrix_A, 0, -1)
sym_matrix_A = tf.multiply(0.5, (X_upper + tf.transpose(X_upper)))
print("Symmetric Matrix A: \n{}\n".format(sym_matrix_A))

# create orthogonal matrix Q from eigen vectors of A
eigen_values_Q, eigen_vectors_Q = tf.linalg.eigh(sym_matrix_A)
print("Matrix Q: \n{}\n".format(eigen_vectors_Q))

# putting eigen values in a diagonal matrix
new_diag_lambda = tf.linalg.diag(eigen_values_Q)
print("Matrix Lambda: \n{}\n".format(new_diag_lambda))

sym_RHS = tf.tensordot(tf.tensordot(eigen_vectors_Q, new_diag_lambda, axes=1), tf.transpose(eigen_vectors_Q), axes=1)

predictor = tf.reduce_all(tf.equal(tf.round(sym_RHS), tf.round(sym_matrix_A)))
def true_print(): print("It WORKS. \nRHS: \n{} \n\nLHS: \n{}".format(sym_RHS, sym_matrix_A))
def false_print(): print("Condition FAILED. \nRHS: \n{} \n\nLHS: \n{}".format(sym_RHS, sym_matrix_A))

tf.cond(predictor, true_print, false_print)

The eigendecomposition of a matrix tells us many useful facts about the matrix. The matrix is singular if and only if any of the eigenvalues are zero. The eigendecomposition of a real symmetric matrix can also be used to optimize quadratic expressions of the formf(x)=x⊤Ax subject to ∥x∥2=1.

The above equation can be solved as following, we know that if x

is an Eigenvector of A and λ is the corresponding eigenvalue, then Ax=λx, therefore f(x)=x⊤Ax=x⊤λx=x⊤xλ and since ∥x∥2=1 and x⊤x=1, the above equation boils down to f(x)=λWhenever x is equal to an eigenvector of A, f takes on the value of the corresponding eigenvalue and its minimum value within the constraint region is the minimum eigenvalue.

A matrix whose eigenvalues are all positive is called positive definite. A matrix whose eigenvalues are all positive or zero valued is called positive semidefinite. Likewise, if all eigenvalues are negative, the matrix is negative definite, and if all eigenvalues are negative or zero valued, it is negative semidefinite. Positive semidefinite matrces are interesting because they guarantee that ∀x,x⊤Ax≥0. Positive definite matrices additionally guarantee that xTAx=0⟹x=0.

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

Singular Value Decomposition

The singular value decomposition (SVD) provides another way to factorize a matrix into singular vectors and singular values. The SVD enables us to discover some of the same kind of information as the eigendecomposition reveals, however, the SVD is more generally applicable. Every real matrix has a singular value decomposition, but the same is not true of the eigenvalue decomposition. SVD can be written as:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

Suppose A is an m x n matrix, then U is defined to be an m x m rotation matrix, D to be an m x n matrix scaling & projecting matrix, and V to be an n x n rotation matrix. Each of these matrices is defined to have a special structure. The matrices U and V are both defined to be orthogonal matrices (U⊤=U−1 and V⊤=V−1). The matrix D is defined to be a diagonal matrix.

The elements along the diagonal of D are known as the singular values of the matrix A. The columns of U are known as the left-singular vectors. The columns of V are known as as the right-singular vectors.

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

# mxn matrix A
svd_matrix_A = tf.constant([[2, 3], [4, 5], [6, 7]], dtype=tf.float32)
print("Matrix A: \n{}\n".format(svd_matrix_A))

# Using tf.linalg.svd to calculate the singular value decomposition where d: Matrix D, u: Matrix U and v: Matrix V
d, u, v = tf.linalg.svd(svd_matrix_A, full_matrices=True, compute_uv=True)
print("Diagonal D: \n{} \n\nMatrix U: \n{} \n\nMatrix V^T: \n{}".format(d, u, v))
# Lets see if we can bring back the original matrix from the values we have

# mxm orthogonal matrix U
svd_matrix_U = tf.constant([[0.30449855, -0.86058956, 0.40824753], [0.54340035, -0.19506174, -0.81649673], [0.78230214, 0.47046405, 0.40824872]])
print("Orthogonal Matrix U: \n{}\n".format(svd_matrix_U))

# mxn diagonal matrix D
svd_matrix_D = tf.constant([[11.782492, 0], [0, 0.41578525], [0, 0]], dtype=tf.float32)
print("Diagonal Matrix D: \n{}\n".format(svd_matrix_D))

# nxn transpose of matrix V
svd_matrix_V_trans = tf.constant([[0.63453555, 0.7728936], [0.7728936, -0.63453555]], dtype=tf.float32)
print("Transpose Matrix V: \n{}\n".format(svd_matrix_V_trans))

# UDV(^T)
svd_RHS = tf.tensordot(tf.tensordot(svd_matrix_U, svd_matrix_D, axes=1), svd_matrix_V_trans, axes=1)

predictor = tf.reduce_all(tf.equal(tf.round(svd_RHS), svd_matrix_A))
def true_print(): print("It WORKS. \nRHS: \n{} \n\nLHS: \n{}".format(tf.round(svd_RHS), svd_matrix_A))
def false_print(): print("Condition FAILED. \nRHS: \n{} \n\nLHS: \n{}".format(tf.round(svd_RHS), svd_matrix_A))

tf.cond(predictor, true_print, false_print)

Matrix A can be seen as a linear transformation. This transformation can be decomposed in to three sub-transformations:

  1. Rotation,
  2. Re-scaling and projecting,
  3. Rotation.

These three steps correspond to the three matrices U,D and V

Let’s see how these transformations are taking place in order

# Let's define a unit square
svd_square = tf.constant([[0, 0, 1, 1],[0, 1, 1, 0]], dtype=tf.float32)

# a new 2x2 matrix
svd_new_matrix = tf.constant([[1, 1.5], [0, 1]])

# SVD for the new matrix
new_d, new_u, new_v = tf.linalg.svd(svd_new_matrix, full_matrices=True, compute_uv=True)

# lets' change d into a diagonal matrix
new_d_marix = tf.linalg.diag(new_d)

# Rotation: V^T for a unit square
plot_transform(svd_square, tf.tensordot(new_v, svd_square, axes=1), "$Square$", "$V^T \cdot Square$", "Rotation", axis=[-0.5, 3.5 , -1.5, 1.5])

# Scaling and Projecting: DV^(T)
plot_transform(tf.tensordot(new_v, svd_square, axes=1), tf.tensordot(new_d_marix, tf.tensordot(new_v, svd_square, axes=1), axes=1), "$V^T \cdot Square$", "$D \cdot V^T \cdot Square$", "Scaling and Projecting", axis=[-0.5, 3.5 , -1.5, 1.5])

# Second Rotation: UDV^(T)
trans_1 = tf.tensordot(tf.tensordot(new_d_marix, new_v, axes=1), svd_square, axes=1)
trans_2 = tf.tensordot(tf.tensordot(tf.tensordot(new_u, new_d_marix, axes=1), new_v, axes=1), svd_square, axes=1)
plot_transform(trans_1, trans_2,"$U \cdot D \cdot V^T \cdot Square$", "$D \cdot V^T \cdot Square$", "Second Rotation", color=['#1190FF', '#FF9A13'], axis=[-0.5, 3.5 , -1.5, 1.5])

The above sub transformations can be found for each matrix as follows:

  • U corresponds to the eigenvectors of AA⊤
  • V corresponds to to the eigenvectors of A⊤A
  • D corresponds to the eigenvalues AA⊤ or A⊤ A which are the same.

As an exercise try proving this is the case.

Perhaps the most useful feature of the SVD is that we can use it to partially generalize matrix inversion to nonsquare matrices, as we will see in the next section.

The Moore-Penrose Pseudoinverse

Matrix inversion is not defined for matrices that are not square. Suppose we want to make a left-inverse B of a matrix A so that we can solve a linear equation Ax=Y by left multiplying each side to obtain x=By .

Depending on the structure of the problem, it may not be possible to design a unique mapping from A to B.

The Moore-Penrose pseudoinverse enables use to make some headway in these cases. The pseudoinverse of A is defined as a matrix:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

Practical algorithms for computing the pseudoinverse are based not on this definition, but rather on the formula:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

where U,D and V are the singular decomposition of A and the pseudoinverse of D+ of a diagonal matrix D is obtained by taking the reciprocal of its nonzero elements then taking the transpose of the resulting matrix.

# Matrix A
mpp_matrix_A = tf.random.uniform([3, 2], minval=1, maxval=10, dtype=tf.float32)
print("Matrix A: \n{}\n".format(mpp_matrix_A))

# Singular Value decomposition of matrix A
mpp_d, mpp_u, mpp_v = tf.linalg.svd(mpp_matrix_A, full_matrices=True, compute_uv=True)
print("Matrix U: \n{} \n\nMatrix V: \n{}\n".format(mpp_u, mpp_v))

# pseudo inverse of matrix D
d_plus = tf.concat([tf.transpose(tf.linalg.diag(tf.math.reciprocal(mpp_d))), tf.zeros([2, 1])], axis=1)
print("D plus: \n{}\n".format(d_plus))

# moore-penrose pseudoinverse of matrix A
matrix_A_star = tf.matmul(tf.matmul(mpp_v, d_plus, transpose_a=True), mpp_u, transpose_b=True)

print("The Moore-Penrose pseudoinverse of Matrix A: \n{}".format(matrix_A_star))

When A has more columns than rows, then solving a linear equation using the pseudoinverse provides one of the many possible solutions. Specifically, it provides the solution x=A+y with minimal Euclidean norm ∥x∥2 among all possible solutions.

mpp_vector_y = tf.constant([[2], [3], [4]], dtype=tf.float32)
print("Vector y: \n{}\n".format(mpp_vector_y))

mpp_vector_x = tf.matmul(matrix_A_star, mpp_vector_y)
print("Vector x: \n{}".format(mpp_vector_x))

When A has more rows than columns, it is possible for there to be no solution. In this case, using the pseudoinverse gives us the x for which Ax is as close as possible to y in terms of Euclidean norm ∥Ax−y∥2

The Trace Operator

The trace operator gives the sum of all the diagonal entries of a matrix:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

# random 3x3 matrix A
to_matrix_A = tf.random.uniform([3, 3], minval=0, maxval=10, dtype=tf.float32)

# trace of matrix A using tf.linalg.trace
trace_matrix_A = tf.linalg.trace(to_matrix_A)

print("Trace of Matrix A: \n{} \nis: {}".format(to_matrix_A, trace_matrix_A))

The trace operator is useful for a variety of reasons. Some operations that are difficult to specify without resorting to summation notation can be specified using matrix products and the trace operator. For example, the trace operator provides an alternative way of writing the Frobenius norm of a matrix:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

# Frobenius Norm of A
frobenius_A = tf.norm(to_matrix_A)

# sqrt(Tr(A times A^T))
trace_rhs = tf.sqrt(tf.linalg.trace(tf.matmul(to_matrix_A, to_matrix_A, transpose_b=True)))

predictor = tf.equal(tf.round(frobenius_A), tf.round(trace_rhs))
def true_print(): print("It WORKS. \nRHS: {} \nLHS: {}".format(frobenius_A, trace_rhs))
def false_print(): print("Condition FAILED. \nRHS: {} \nLHS: {}".format(frobenius_A, trace_rhs))

tf.cond(predictor, true_print, false_print)

Writing an expression in terms of the trace operator opens up opportunities to manipulate the expression using many useful identities. For example, the trace operator is invariant to the transpose operator:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

# Transpose of Matrix A
trans_matrix_A = tf.transpose(to_matrix_A)

#Trace of the transpose Matrix A
trace_trans_A = tf.linalg.trace(trans_matrix_A)

predictor = tf.equal(trace_matrix_A, trace_trans_A)
def true_print(): print("It WORKS. \nRHS: {} \nLHS: {}".format(trace_matrix_A, trace_trans_A))
def false_print(): print("Condition FAILED. \nRHS: {} \nLHS: {}".format(trace_matrix_A, trace_trans_A))

tf.cond(predictor, true_print, false_print)

The trace of a square matrix composed of many factors is also invariant to moving the last factor into the first position, if the shapes of the corresponding matrices allow the resulting product to be defined:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

# random 3x3 matrix B and matrix C
to_matrix_B = tf.random.uniform([3, 3], minval=0, maxval=10, dtype=tf.float32)
to_matrix_C = tf.random.uniform([3, 3], minval=0, maxval=10, dtype=tf.float32)

abc = tf.tensordot((tf.tensordot(to_matrix_A, to_matrix_B, axes=1)), to_matrix_C, axes=1)

cab = tf.tensordot((tf.tensordot(to_matrix_C, to_matrix_A, axes=1)), to_matrix_B, axes=1)

bca = tf.tensordot((tf.tensordot(to_matrix_B, to_matrix_C, axes=1)), to_matrix_A, axes=1)

# trace of matrix ABC, CAB and matrix BCA
trace_matrix_abc = tf.linalg.trace(abc)
trace_matrix_cab = tf.linalg.trace(cab)
trace_matrix_bca = tf.linalg.trace(bca)

predictor = tf.equal(tf.round(trace_matrix_abc), tf.round(trace_matrix_cab)) and tf.equal(tf.round(trace_matrix_cab), tf.round(trace_matrix_bca))
def true_print(): print("It WORKS. \nABC: {} \nCAB: {} \nBCA: {}".format(trace_matrix_abc, trace_matrix_cab, trace_matrix_bca))
def false_print(): print("Condition FAILED. \nABC: {} \nCAB: {} \nBCA: {}".format(trace_matrix_abc, trace_matrix_cab, trace_matrix_bca))

tf.cond(predictor, true_print, false_print)

This invariance to cyclic permutation holds even if the resulting product has a different shape. For example, for A∈Rm×n and B∈Rn×m, we have Tr(AB)=Tr(BA) even though AB∈Rm×m and BA∈Rn×n

# mxn matrix A
to_new_matrix_A = tf.random.uniform([3, 2], minval=0, maxval=10, dtype=tf.float32)
print(" 3x2 Matrix A: \n{}\n".format(to_new_matrix_A))

# mxn matrix B
to_new_matrix_B = tf.random.uniform([2, 3], minval=0, maxval=10, dtype=tf.float32)
print(" 3x2 Matrix B: \n{}\n".format(to_new_matrix_B))

# trace of matrix AB and BA
ab = tf.linalg.trace(tf.matmul(to_new_matrix_A, to_new_matrix_B))
ba = tf.linalg.trace(tf.matmul(to_new_matrix_B, to_new_matrix_A))

predictor = tf.equal(tf.round(ab), tf.round(ba))
def true_print(): print("It WORKS. \nAB: {} \nBA: {}".format(ab, ba))
def false_print(): print("Condition FAILED. \nAB: {} \nBA: {}".format(ab, ba))

tf.cond(predictor, true_print, false_print)

The Determinant

The determinant of a square matrix, denoted det(A), is a function that maps matrices to real scalars. You can calculate the determinant of a 2 x 2 matrix as:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

For a 3 x 3 matrix:

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

# calculate det of a matrix
det_matrix_A = tf.constant([[3,1], [0,3]], dtype=tf.float32)
det_A = tf.linalg.det(det_matrix_A)
print("Matrix A: \n{} \nDeterminant of Matrix A: \n{}".format(det_matrix_A, det_A))

vector_plot(det_matrix_A, 5, 5)

The determinant is equal to the product of all the eigenvalues of the matrix.

# Let's find the eigen values of matrix A
d_eigen_values = tf.linalg.eigvalsh(det_matrix_A)
eigvalsh_product = tf.multiply(d_eigen_values[0], d_eigen_values[1])

# lets validate if the product of the eigen values is equal to the determinant
predictor = tf.equal(eigvalsh_product, det_A)
def true_print(): print("It WORKS. \nRHS: \n{} \n\nLHS: \n{}".format(eigvalsh_product, det_A))
def false_print(): print("Condition FAILED. \nRHS: \n{} \n\nLHS: \n{}".format(eigvalsh_product, det_A))

tf.cond(predictor, true_print, false_print)

The absolute value of the determinant can be thought of as a measure of how much multiplication by the matrix expands or contracts space. If the determinant is 0, then space is contracted completely along at least one dimension, causing it to lose all its volume. If the determinant is 1, then the transformation preserves volume.

# If you see the following plot, you can see the vectors are expanded

vector_plot(tf.multiply(tf.abs(det_A), det_matrix_A), 50, 50)

Example: Principal Components Analysis

PCA is a complexity reduction technique that tries to reduce a set of variables down to a smaller set of components that represent most of the information in the variables. This can be though of as for a collection of data points applying lossy compression, meaning storing the points in a way that require less memory by trading some precision. At a conceptual level, PCA works by identifying sets of variables that share variance, and creating a component to represent that variance.

Earlier, when we were doing transpose or the matrix inverse, we relied on using Tensorflow’s built in functions but for PCA, there is no such function, except one in the Tensorflow Extended (tft).

There are multiple ways you can implement a PCA in Tensorflow but since this algorithm is such an important one in the machine learning world, we will take the long route.

The reason of having PCA under Linear Algebra is to show that PCA could be implemented using the theorems we studied in this Chapter.

# To start working with PCA, let's start by creating a 2D data set

x_data = tf.multiply(5, tf.random.uniform([100], minval=0, maxval=100, dtype = tf.float32, seed = 0))
y_data = tf.multiply(2, x_data) + 1 + tf.random.uniform([100], minval=0, maxval=100, dtype = tf.float32, seed = 0)

X = tf.stack([x_data, y_data], axis=1)

plt.rc_context({'axes.edgecolor':'orange', 'xtick.color':'red', 'ytick.color':'red'})
plt.plot(X[:,0], X[:,1], '+', color='b')

We start by standardizing the data. Even though the data we created are on the same scales, its always a good practice to start by standardizing the data because most of the time the data you will be working with will be in different scales.

def normalize(data):
    # creates a copy of data
    X = tf.identity(data)
    # calculates the mean
    X -=tf.reduce_mean(data, axis=0)
    return X

normalized_data = normalize(X)
plt.plot(normalized_data[:,0], normalized_data[:,1], '+', color='b')

Recall that PCA can be thought of as applying lossy compression to a collection of x data points. The way we can minimize the loss of precision is by finding some decoding function f(x)≈c where c will be the corresponding vector.

PCA is defined by our choice of this decoding function. Specifically, to make the decoder very simple, we chose to use matrix multiplication to map c and define g©=Dc. Our goal is to minimize the distance between the input point x to its reconstruction and to do that we use L2 norm. Which boils down to our encoding function c=D⊤x.

Finally, to reconstruct the PCA we use the same matrix D to decode all the points and to solve this optimization problem, we use eigendecomposition. Please note that the following equation is the final version of a lot of matrix tranformations. I don’t provide the derivatives because the goal is to focus on the mathematical implementation, rather than the derivation.

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0

To find d we can calculate the eigenvectors XTX.

# Finding the Eigne Values and Vectors for the data
eigen_values, eigen_vectors = tf.linalg.eigh(tf.tensordot(tf.transpose(normalized_data), normalized_data, axes=1))

print("Eigen Vectors: \n{} \nEigen Values: \n{}".format(eigen_vectors, eigen_values))

The eigenvectors (principal components) determine the directions of the new feature space, and the eigenvalues determine their magnitude.

Now, lets use these Eingen vectors to rotate our data. The goal of the rotation is to end up with a new coordinate system where data is uncorrelated and thus where the basis axes gather all the variance. Thereby reducing the dimension.

Recall our encoding function c=D⊤x , where D is the matrix containing the eigenvectors that we have calculated before.

X_new = tf.tensordot(tf.transpose(eigen_vectors), tf.transpose(normalized_data), axes=1)

plt.plot(X_new[0, :], X_new[1, :], '+', color='b')
plt.xlim(-500, 500)
plt.ylim(-700, 700)

That is the transformed data and that’s it folks for our chapter on Linear Algebra 😉.


You have successfully completed Chapter 2 Linear algebra of Deep Learning with Tensorflow 2.0. To recap, we went through the following concepts:

  • Scalars, Vectors, Matrices and Tensors
  • Multiplying Matrices and Vectors
  • Identity and Inverse Matrices
  • Linear Dependence and Span
  • Norms
  • Special Kinds of Matrices and Vectors
  • Eigendecomposition
  • Singular Value Decomposition
  • The Moore-Penrose Pseudoinverse
  • The Trace Operator
  • The Determinant
  • Example: Principal Components Analysis

We covered a lot of content in one notebook, like I mentioned in the begining, this is not meant to be an absolute beginner or a comprehensive chapter on Linear Algebra, our focus is Deep Learning with Tensorflow, so we only went through the material we need to understand Deep Learning.

🔥 You can access the Code for this notebook in GitHub or launch an executable versions of this notebook using Google Colab. 🔥

Thanks for reading

If you liked this post, share it with all of your programming buddies!

Follow us on Facebook | Twitter

Learn More

The Data Science Course 2019: Complete Data Science Bootcamp

Machine Learning A-Z™: Hands-On Python & R In Data Science

Tableau 10 A-Z: Hands-On Tableau Training For Data Science!

R Programming A-Z™: R For Data Science With Real Exercises!

Machine Learning, Data Science and Deep Learning with Python

Deep Learning A-Z™: Hands-On Artificial Neural Networks

Python for Data Science and Machine Learning Bootcamp

#deep-learning #tensorflow #python #data-science

Deep Learning With TensorFlow 2.0
4 Likes197.35 GEEK