How to Build a Recurrent Neural Network in TensorFlow

How to Build a Recurrent #NeuralNetwork in TensorFlow

  • The input to the RNN at every time-step is the current value as well as a state vector which represent what the network has “seen” at time-steps before.
  • The weights and biases of the network are declared as TensorFlow variables, which makes them persistent across runs and enables them to be updated incrementally for each batch.
  • Now it’s time to build the part of the graph that resembles the actual RNN computation, first we want to split the batch data into adjacent time-steps.
  • This is the final part of the graph, a fully connected softmax layer from the state to the output that will make the classes one-hot encoded, and then calculating the loss of the batch.
  • It will plot the loss over the time, show training input, training output and the current predictions by the network on different sample series in a training batch.


This is a no-nonsense overview of implementing a recurrent neural network (RNN) in TensorFlow. Both theory and practice are covered concisely, and the end result is running TensorFlow RNN code.

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