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Return `true_fn()`

if the predicate `pred`

is true else `false_fn()`

.

tf.cond( pred, true_fn=None, false_fn=None, name=None )

`true_fn`

and `false_fn`

both return lists of output tensors. `true_fn`

and `false_fn`

must have the same non-zero number and type of outputs.

Although this behavior is consistent with the dataflow model of TensorFlow, it has frequently surprised users who expected a lazier semantics. Consider the following simple program:

z = tf.multiply(a, b) result = tf.cond(x < y, lambda: tf.add(x, z), lambda: tf.square(y))

If `x < y`

, the `tf.add`

operation will be executed and `tf.square`

operation will not be executed. Since `z`

is needed for at least one branch of the `cond`

, the `tf.multiply`

operation is always executed, unconditionally.

Note that `cond`

calls `true_fn`

and `false_fn`

*exactly once* (inside the call to `cond`

, and not at all during `Session.run()`

). `cond`

stitches together the graph fragments created during the `true_fn`

and `false_fn`

calls with some additional graph nodes to ensure that the right branch gets executed depending on the value of `pred`

.

`tf.cond`

supports nested structures as implemented in `tensorflow.python.util.nest`

. Both `true_fn`

and `false_fn`

must return the same (possibly nested) value structure of lists, tuples, and/or named tuples. Singleton lists and tuples form the only exceptions to this: when returned by `true_fn`

and/or `false_fn`

, they are implicitly unpacked to single values.

Note:It is illegal to "directly" use tensors created inside a cond branch outside it, e.g. by storing a reference to a branch tensor in the python state. If you need to use a tensor created in a branch function you should return it as an output of the branch function and use the output from`tf.cond`

instead.

Args | |
---|---|

`pred` | A scalar determining whether to return the result of `true_fn` or `false_fn` . |

`true_fn` | The callable to be performed if pred is true. |

`false_fn` | The callable to be performed if pred is false. |

`name` | Optional name prefix for the returned tensors. |

Returns | |
---|---|

Tensors returned by the call to either `true_fn` or `false_fn` . If the callables return a singleton list, the element is extracted from the list. |

Raises | |
---|---|

`TypeError` | if `true_fn` or `false_fn` is not callable. |

`ValueError` | if `true_fn` and `false_fn` do not return the same number of tensors, or return tensors of different types. |

x = tf.constant(2) y = tf.constant(5) def f1(): return tf.multiply(x, 17) def f2(): return tf.add(y, 23) r = tf.cond(tf.less(x, y), f1, f2) # r is set to f1(). # Operations in f2 (e.g., tf.add) are not executed.

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