jrabary jrabary - 3 months ago 24
Python Question

Compute pairwise distance in a batch without replicating tensor in Tensorflow?

I want to compute the pairwise square distance of a batch of feature in Tensorflow. I have a simple implementation using + and * operations by
tiling the original tensor :

def pairwise_l2_norm2(x, y, scope=None):
with tf.op_scope([x, y], scope, 'pairwise_l2_norm2'):
size_x = tf.shape(x)[0]
size_y = tf.shape(y)[0]
xx = tf.expand_dims(x, -1)
xx = tf.tile(xx, tf.pack([1, 1, size_y]))

yy = tf.expand_dims(y, -1)
yy = tf.tile(yy, tf.pack([1, 1, size_x]))
yy = tf.transpose(yy, perm=[2, 1, 0])

diff = tf.sub(xx, yy)
square_diff = tf.square(diff)

square_dist = tf.reduce_sum(square_diff, 1)

return square_dist

This function takes as input two matrices of size (m,d) and (n,d) and compute the squared distance between each row vector. The output is a matrix of size (m,n) with element 'd_ij = dist(x_i, y_j)'.

The problem is that I have a large batch and high dim features 'm, n, d' replicating the tensor consume a lot of memory.
I'm looking for another way to implement this without increasing the memory usage and just only store the final distance tensor. Kind of double looping the original tensor.


You can use some linear algebra to turn it into matrix ops. Note that what you need matrix D where a[i] is the ith row of your original matrix and

D[i,j] = (a[i]-a[j])(a[i]-a[j])'

You can rewrite that into

D[i,j] = r[i] - 2 a[i]a[j]' + r[j]

Where r[i] is squared norm of ith row of the original matrix.

In a system that supports standard broadcasting rules you can treat r as a column vector and write D as

D = r - 2 A A' + r'

In TensorFlow you could write this as

A = tf.constant([[1, 1], [2, 2], [3, 3]])
r = tf.reduce_sum(A*A, 1)

# turn r into column vector
r = tf.reshape(r, [-1, 1])
D = r - 2*tf.matmul(A, tf.transpose(A)) + tf.transpose(r)
sess = tf.Session()


array([[0, 2, 8],
       [2, 0, 2],
       [8, 2, 0]], dtype=int32)