Defined in tensorflow/contrib/estimator/python/estimator/

Creates a _Head for poisson regression using tf.nn.log_poisson_loss.

The loss is the weighted sum over all input dimensions. Namely, if the input labels have shape [batch_size, label_dimension], the loss is the weighted sum over both batch_size and label_dimension.

The head expects logits with shape [D0, D1, ... DN, label_dimension]. In many applications, the shape is [batch_size, label_dimension].

The labels shape must match logits, namely [D0, D1, ... DN, label_dimension]. If label_dimension=1, shape [D0, D1, ... DN] is also supported.

If weight_column is specified, weights must be of shape [D0, D1, ... DN], [D0, D1, ... DN, 1] or [D0, D1, ... DN, label_dimension].

This is implemented as a generalized linear model, see


  • weight_column: A string or a _NumericColumn created by tf.feature_column.numeric_column defining feature column representing weights. It is used to down weight or boost examples during training. It will be multiplied by the loss of the example.
  • label_dimension: Number of regression labels per example. This is the size of the last dimension of the labels Tensor (typically, this has shape [batch_size, label_dimension]).
  • loss_reduction: One of tf.losses.Reduction except NONE. Describes how to reduce training loss over batch and label dimension. Defaults to SUM_OVER_BATCH_SIZE, namely weighted sum of losses divided by batch size * label_dimension. See tf.losses.Reduction.
  • compute_full_loss: Whether to include the constant log(z!) term in computing the poisson loss. See tf.nn.log_poisson_loss for the full documentation.
  • name: name of the head. If provided, summary and metrics keys will be suffixed by "/" + name. Also used as name_scope when creating ops.


An instance of _Head for poisson regression.


  • ValueError: If label_dimension or loss_reduction is invalid.