torch.autograd.functional.hessian(func, inputs, create_graph=False, strict=False, vectorize=False)[source]

Function that computes the Hessian of a given scalar function.

  • func (function) – a Python function that takes Tensor inputs and returns a Tensor with a single element.

  • inputs (tuple of Tensors or Tensor) – inputs to the function func.

  • create_graph (bool, optional) – If True, the Hessian will be computed in a differentiable manner. Note that when strict is False, the result can not require gradients or be disconnected from the inputs. Defaults to False.

  • strict (bool, optional) – If True, an error will be raised when we detect that there exists an input such that all the outputs are independent of it. If False, we return a Tensor of zeros as the hessian for said inputs, which is the expected mathematical value. Defaults to False.

  • vectorize (bool, optional) – This feature is experimental, please use at your own risk. When computing the hessian, usually we invoke autograd.grad once per row of the hessian. If this flag is True, we use the vmap prototype feature as the backend to vectorize calls to autograd.grad so we only invoke it once instead of once per row. This should lead to performance improvements in many use cases, however, due to this feature being incomplete, there may be performance cliffs. Please use torch._C._debug_only_display_vmap_fallback_warnings(True) to show any performance warnings and file us issues if warnings exist for your use case. Defaults to False.


if there is a single input, this will be a single Tensor containing the Hessian for the input. If it is a tuple, then the Hessian will be a tuple of tuples where Hessian[i][j] will contain the Hessian of the ith input and jth input with size the sum of the size of the ith input plus the size of the jth input. Hessian[i][j] will have the same dtype and device as the corresponding ith input.

Return type

Hessian (Tensor or a tuple of tuple of Tensors)


>>> def pow_reducer(x):
...   return x.pow(3).sum()
>>> inputs = torch.rand(2, 2)
>>> hessian(pow_reducer, inputs)
tensor([[[[5.2265, 0.0000],
          [0.0000, 0.0000]],
         [[0.0000, 4.8221],
          [0.0000, 0.0000]]],
        [[[0.0000, 0.0000],
          [1.9456, 0.0000]],
         [[0.0000, 0.0000],
          [0.0000, 3.2550]]]])
>>> hessian(pow_reducer, inputs, create_graph=True)
tensor([[[[5.2265, 0.0000],
          [0.0000, 0.0000]],
         [[0.0000, 4.8221],
          [0.0000, 0.0000]]],
        [[[0.0000, 0.0000],
          [1.9456, 0.0000]],
         [[0.0000, 0.0000],
          [0.0000, 3.2550]]]], grad_fn=<ViewBackward>)
>>> def pow_adder_reducer(x, y):
...   return (2 * x.pow(2) + 3 * y.pow(2)).sum()
>>> inputs = (torch.rand(2), torch.rand(2))
>>> hessian(pow_adder_reducer, inputs)
((tensor([[4., 0.],
          [0., 4.]]),
  tensor([[0., 0.],
          [0., 0.]])),
 (tensor([[0., 0.],
          [0., 0.]]),
  tensor([[6., 0.],
          [0., 6.]])))


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