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Flux

Relax! Flux is the ML framework that doesn't make you tensor

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Flux is a library for machine learning, implemented in Julia.

At the core of it, Flux simply lets you run your normal Julia code on a dataflow backend like TensorFlow.

@net f(x) = x .* x
f([1,2,3]) == [1,4,9]
f_tensorflow = tf(f)
f_tensorflow([1,2,3]) == [1.0, 4.0, 9.0]

After adding the @net annotation we can take advantage of various optimisations, parallelism, and access to GPUs that TensorFlow provides. Unlike a TensorFlow graph, f continues to behave like Julia code; you still get good stack traces, can step through in the debugger, etc.

On top of this foundation we build a set of flexible machine learning abstractions and utilities that interoperate well with other approaches like Knet. This gives you great flexibility; you can go high level or stay mathematical, write custom GPU kernels, build your own abstractions, and mix and match approaches.

Check out the docs to get started. Flux is in alpha so please open issues liberally; we would love to help you get started.

Brief Examples

Simple multi-layer-perceptron for MNIST, using the high-level API:

Chain(
  Input(784),
  Affine(128), relu,
  Affine( 64), relu,
  Affine( 10), softmax)

Define a custom recurrent layer:

@net type Recurrent
  Wxy; Wyy; by
  y
  function (x)
    y = tanh( x * Wxy .+ y{-1} * Wyy .+ by )
  end
end