torch.as_tensor(data, dtype=None, device=None) Tensor

Converts data into a tensor, sharing data and preserving autograd history if possible.

If data is already a tensor with the requested dtype and device then data itself is returned, but if data is a tensor with a different dtype or device then it’s copied as if using, device=device).

If data is a NumPy array (an ndarray) with the same dtype and device then a tensor is constructed using torch.from_numpy().

See also

torch.tensor() never shares its data and creates a new “leaf tensor” (see Autograd mechanics).

  • data (array_like) – Initial data for the tensor. Can be a list, tuple, NumPy ndarray, scalar, and other types.

  • dtype (torch.dtype, optional) – the desired data type of returned tensor. Default: if None, infers data type from data.

  • device (torch.device, optional) – the device of the constructed tensor. If None and data is a tensor then the device of data is used. If None and data is not a tensor then the result tensor is constructed on the current device.


>>> a = numpy.array([1, 2, 3])
>>> t = torch.as_tensor(a)
>>> t
tensor([ 1,  2,  3])
>>> t[0] = -1
>>> a
array([-1,  2,  3])

>>> a = numpy.array([1, 2, 3])
>>> t = torch.as_tensor(a, device=torch.device('cuda'))
>>> t
tensor([ 1,  2,  3])
>>> t[0] = -1
>>> a
array([1,  2,  3])


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