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Train a model for a fixed number of epochs (dataset iterations).


# S3 method for class 'keras.src.models.model.Model'
  x = NULL,
  y = NULL,
  batch_size = NULL,
  epochs = 1L,
  callbacks = NULL,
  validation_split = 0,
  validation_data = NULL,
  shuffle = TRUE,
  class_weight = NULL,
  sample_weight = NULL,
  initial_epoch = 1L,
  steps_per_epoch = NULL,
  validation_steps = NULL,
  validation_batch_size = NULL,
  validation_freq = 1L,
  verbose = getOption("keras.verbose", default = "auto"),
  view_metrics = getOption("keras.view_metrics", default = "auto")



Keras model object


Input data. It could be:

  • An array (or array-like), or a list of arrays (in case the model has multiple inputs).

  • A tensor, or a list of tensors (in case the model has multiple inputs).

  • A named list mapping input names to the corresponding array/tensors, if the model has named inputs.

  • A Should return a tuple of either (inputs, targets) or (inputs, targets, sample_weights).

  • A generator returning (inputs, targets) or (inputs, targets, sample_weights).


Target data. Like the input data x, it could be either array(s) or backend-native tensor(s). If x is a TF Dataset or generator, y should not be specified (since targets will be obtained from x).


Additional arguments passed on to the model fit() method.


Integer or NULL. Number of samples per gradient update. If unspecified, batch_size will default to 32. Do not specify the batch_size if your data is in the form of TF Datasets or generators, (since they generate batches).


Integer. Number of epochs to train the model. An epoch is an iteration over the entire x and y data provided (unless the steps_per_epoch flag is set to something other than NULL). Note that in conjunction with initial_epoch, epochs is to be understood as "final epoch". The model is not trained for a number of iterations given by epochs, but merely until the epoch of index epochs is reached.


List of Callback() instances. List of callbacks to apply during training. See callback_*.


Float between 0 and 1. Fraction of the training data to be used as validation data. The model will set apart this fraction of the training data, will not train on it, and will evaluate the loss and any model metrics on this data at the end of each epoch. The validation data is selected from the last samples in the x and y data provided, before shuffling. This argument is not supported when x is a TF Dataset or generator. If both validation_data and validation_split are provided, validation_data will override validation_split.


Data on which to evaluate the loss and any model metrics at the end of each epoch. The model will not be trained on this data. Thus, note the fact that the validation loss of data provided using validation_split or validation_data is not affected by regularization layers like noise and dropout. validation_data will override validation_split. It could be:

  • A tuple (x_val, y_val) of arrays or tensors.

  • A tuple (x_val, y_val, val_sample_weights) of arrays.

  • A generator returning (inputs, targets) or (inputs, targets, sample_weights).


Boolean, whether to shuffle the training data before each epoch. This argument is ignored when x is a generator or a TF Dataset.


Optional named list mapping class indices (integers, 0-based) to a weight (float) value, used for weighting the loss function (during training only). This can be useful to tell the model to "pay more attention" to samples from an under-represented class. When class_weight is specified and targets have a rank of 2 or greater, either y must be one-hot encoded, or an explicit final dimension of 1 must be included for sparse class labels.


Optional array of weights for the training samples, used for weighting the loss function (during training only). You can either pass a flat (1D) array/vector with the same length as the input samples (1:1 mapping between weights and samples), or in the case of temporal data, you can pass a 2D array (matrix) with shape (samples, sequence_length), to apply a different weight to every timestep of every sample. This argument is not supported when x is a TF Dataset or generator, instead provide the sample_weights as the third element of x. Note that sample weighting does not apply to metrics specified via the metrics argument in compile(). To apply sample weighting to your metrics, you can specify them via the weighted_metrics in compile() instead.


Integer. Epoch at which to start training (useful for resuming a previous training run).


Integer or NULL. Total number of steps (batches of samples) before declaring one epoch finished and starting the next epoch. When training with input tensors such as backend-native tensors, the default NULL is equal to the number of samples in your dataset divided by the batch size, or 1 if that cannot be determined. If x is a TF Dataset, and steps_per_epoch is NULL, the epoch will run until the input dataset is exhausted. When passing an infinitely repeating dataset, you must specify the steps_per_epoch argument. If steps_per_epoch = -1 the training will run indefinitely with an infinitely repeating dataset.


Only relevant if validation_data is provided. Total number of steps (batches of samples) to draw before stopping when performing validation at the end of every epoch. If validation_steps is NULL, validation will run until the validation_data dataset is exhausted. In the case of an infinitely repeated dataset, it will run into an infinite loop. If validation_steps is specified and only part of the dataset will be consumed, the evaluation will start from the beginning of the dataset at each epoch. This ensures that the same validation samples are used every time.


Integer or NULL. Number of samples per validation batch. If unspecified, will default to batch_size. Do not specify the validation_batch_size if your data is in the form of TF Datasets or generator instances (since they generate batches).


Only relevant if validation data is provided. Specifies how many training epochs to run before a new validation run is performed, e.g. validation_freq=2 runs validation every 2 epochs.


"auto", 0, 1, or 2. Verbosity mode. 0 = silent, 1 = progress bar, 2 = one line per epoch. "auto" becomes 1 for most cases, 2 if in a knitr render or running on a distributed training server. Note that the progress bar is not particularly useful when logged to a file, so verbose=2 is recommended when not running interactively (e.g., in a production environment). Defaults to "auto".


View realtime plot of training metrics (by epoch). The default ("auto") will display the plot when running within RStudio, metrics were specified during model compile(), epochs > 1 and verbose > 0. Set the global options(keras.view_metrics = ) option to establish a different default.


A keras_training_history object, which is a named list: list(params = <params>, metrics = <metrics>"), with S3 methods print(), plot(), and The metrics field is a record of training loss values and metrics values at successive epochs, as well as validation loss values and validation metrics values (if applicable).


Unpacking behavior for iterator-like inputs:

A common pattern is to pass an iterator like object such as a or a generator to fit(), which will in fact yield not only features (x) but optionally targets (y) and sample weights (sample_weight). Keras requires that the output of such iterator-likes be unambiguous. The iterator should return a tuple() of length 1, 2, or 3, where the optional second and third elements will be used for y and sample_weight respectively. Any other type provided will be wrapped in a length-one tuple(), effectively treating everything as x. When yielding named lists, they should still adhere to the top-level tuple structure, e.g. tuple(list(x0 = x0, x = x1), y). Keras will not attempt to separate features, targets, and weights from the keys of a single dict.