[Update 2017.06.11] Add chainer v2 code

How can we deal with the sequential data in deep neural network?

This formulation is especially important in **natural language processing (NLP)** field. For example, text is made of sequence of word. If we want to predict the next word from given sentence, the probability of the next word depends on whole past sequence of word.

So, the neural network need an ability to “remember” the past sentence to predict next word.

In this chapter, Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) and Long Short Term Memory (LSTM) are introduced to deal with sequential data.

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## Recurrent Neural Network (RNN)

Recurrent Neural Network is similar to Multi Layer Perceptron introduced before, but a loop is added in its hidden layer (Shown in above figure with \( W_{hh} \)).

Here the subscript \(t\) represents the time step (sequence index). Due to this loop hidden layer unit \(h_{t-1}\) is fed again to construct hidden unit \(h_{t}\) of next sequence. Therefore, information of past sequence can be “stored” (memorized) in hidden layer and passed to next sequence.

You might wonder how the loop works in neural network in the above figure, below figure is the expanded version which explicitly explain how the loop works.

In this figure, data flow is from bottom (\(x\)) to top (\(y\)) and horizontal axis represents time step from left (time step=1) to right (time step=\(t\)).

Every time of the `forward`

computation, it depends on the previous hidden unit \(h_{t-1} \). So the RNN need to keep this hidden unit as a state, see implementation below.

Also, we need to be careful when executing back propagation, because it depends on the history of consecutive forward computation. The detail will be explained in later.

## RNN implementation in Chainer

Below code shows implementation of the most simple RNN implementation with one hidden (recurrent) layer, drawn in above figure.

- Source code: RNN.py

import chainer import chainer.functions as F import chainer.links as L class RNN(chainer.Chain): """Simple Recurrent Neural Network implementation""" def __init__(self, n_vocab, n_units): super(RNN, self).__init__() with self.init_scope(): self.embed = L.EmbedID(n_vocab, n_units) self.l1 = L.Linear(n_units, n_units) self.r1 = L.Linear(n_units, n_units) self.l2 = L.Linear(n_units, n_vocab) self.recurrent_h = None def reset_state(self): self.recurrent_h = None def __call__(self, x): h = self.embed(x) if self.recurrent_h is None: self.recurrent_h = F.tanh(self.l1(h)) else: self.recurrent_h = F.tanh(self.l1(h) + self.r1(self.recurrent_h)) y = self.l2(self.recurrent_h) return y

### EmbedID link

`L.EmbedID`

is used in the above RNN implementation. This is convenient method if you want to input data which can be represented as ID.

In NLP with text processing, each word is represented as ID in integer. `EmbedID`

layer convert this id into vector which can be considered as *vector representation* of the word.

More precisely, `EmbedID`

layer works as combination of 2 operations:

- Convert integer ID into
`in_size`

dimensional one-hot vector. - Apply
`Linear`

layer (with bias \(b = 0\)) to this one-hot vector to output`out_size`

units.

See official document for details,

### Creating RecurrentBlock as sub-module

If you want to create more deep RNN, you can make recurrent block as a sub module layer like below.

- Source code: RNN2.py

import chainer import chainer.functions as F import chainer.links as L class RecurrentBlock(chainer.Chain): """Subblock for RNN""" def __init__(self, n_in, n_out, activation=F.tanh): super(RecurrentBlock, self).__init__() with self.init_scope(): self.l = L.Linear(n_in, n_out) self.r = L.Linear(n_in, n_out) self.rh = None self.activation = activation def reset_state(self): self.rh = None def __call__(self, h): if self.rh is None: self.rh = self.activation(self.l(h)) else: self.rh = self.activation(self.l(h) + self.r(self.rh)) return self.rh class RNN2(chainer.Chain): """RNN implementation using RecurrentBlock""" def __init__(self, n_vocab, n_units, activation=F.tanh): super(RNN2, self).__init__() with self.init_scope(): self.embed = L.EmbedID(n_vocab, n_units) self.r1 = RecurrentBlock(n_units, n_units, activation=activation) self.r2 = RecurrentBlock(n_units, n_units, activation=activation) self.r3 = RecurrentBlock(n_units, n_units, activation=activation) #self.r4 = RecurrentBlock(n_units, n_units, activation=activation) self.l5 = L.Linear(n_units, n_vocab) def reset_state(self): self.r1.reset_state() self.r2.reset_state() self.r3.reset_state() #self.r4.reset_state() def __call__(self, x): h = self.embed(x) h = self.r1(h) h = self.r2(h) h = self.r3(h) #h = self.r4(h) y = self.l5(h) return y