TFLite Converter missing functions in TF2.0 alpha

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Aakash Kumar Nain

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Apr 24, 2019, 9:02:47 AM4/24/19
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Hi,

I was trying to convert a `tf.keras` model to `tflite` but to my surprise I found out that there is no `from_keras_model` function available in the API. The only functions available are `convert` and `from_concrete_function`. Here is the error log:

----> 1 converter = tf.lite.TFLiteConverter.from_keras_model(model)

AttributeError: type object 'TFLiteConverterV2' has no attribute 'from_keras_model'

As per the documentation, it should be there but it isn't. Should I upgrade the version of TF2.0 to some nightly build? 

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Aakash Nain 

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Apr 24, 2019, 9:15:26 AM4/24/19
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Margaret Maynard-Reid

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Apr 24, 2019, 10:27:28 AM4/24/19
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Hi Aakash,

You may find this helpful - look at "How do I get a concrete function for a tf.Keras model?" under "/Convert a TF 2.0 Model/Generate a concrete function"

Looks like the TFLite Converter has changed quite a bit Here is my compare/contrast of TFLite 1.13 vs TFLite 2.0:

TensorFlow Lite version

TFLite 1.13

TFLite 2.0

Class

TFLiteConverter

TFLiteConverterV2

Converter methods

4 Methods


# Converting a GraphDef from session.

from_session(sess, in_tensors, out_tensors)

# Converting a GraphDef from file.

from_frozen_graph(graph_def_file, input_arrays, output_arrays)

# Converting a SavedModel.

from_saved_model(saved_model_dir)

# Converting a tf.keras model

from_keras_model_file(keras_model)

2 methods:


# creates a TFLiteConverter class from a ConcreteFunction

from_concrete_function(cls, func)

#Converts a TensorFlow GraphDef based on instance variables

convert(self):

Source code

link

link

API doc

link

link

Guide on tensorflow.org

Convert a model/Python API (link)

Convert a TF 2.0 Model/Generate a concrete function (link)


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Aakash Kumar Nain

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Apr 24, 2019, 10:53:15 AM4/24/19
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Thanks Margaret. I will look into it. Though first look at this gives me an impression that this is more complicated than converting directly using `from_keras_model` method that was present earlier. 

Regards,
Aakash Nain

Margaret Maynard-Reid

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Apr 24, 2019, 11:19:06 AM4/24/19
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Yes I agree. The tf.Keras model to TFLite conversion seems to be more complex with TF 2.0 now.
There is one more step added in the process: train tf.Keras model -> save tf.Keras model -> get concrete function from tf.Keras model --> convert to TFLite.

Tim - any plans to simply? Thanks.

Margaret

Nupur Garg

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Apr 24, 2019, 11:29:59 AM4/24/19
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The 2.0 TFLiteConverter API has been updated since alpha release. `TFLiteConverter.from_keras_model` is available in the `tf-nightly-2.0-preview`. Documentation on the API is available here: https://www.tensorflow.org/lite/r2/convert/python_api.

Additionally, documentation on concrete functions is available here: https://www.tensorflow.org/lite/r2/convert/concrete_function.

Hope this helps!

Best,
Nupur

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Margaret Maynard-Reid

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Apr 24, 2019, 12:06:11 PM4/24/19
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Thank you Nupur. I just verified that `TFLiteConverter.from_keras_model` is available in the `tf-nightly-2.0-preview` (which is great!), but not in TF 2.0 alpha. 

I have a suggestion and question:

Suggestion
It's super confusing that from_keras_model() is in 1.13 and TF 2.0 preview, but not in TF 2.0 alpha. As developers are still trying out TF 2.0 alpha, it may be helpful to point out in the guide that if they are trying TF 2.0 alpha they need to write the extra code to generate concrete function from tf.Keras model, before being able to converting to TFLite; or better yet just point them to try the preview instead of TF 2.0 Alpha. 

Question
If we can directly convert from a tf.Keras model to TFLite with from_keras_model(), under what scenario do we need to worry about generating a concrete function from a tf.Keras model?

Thanks.
Margaret

Nupur Garg

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Apr 24, 2019, 1:40:50 PM4/24/19
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Hi Margaret,

Thanks for the feedback. I will add a note to at the top of the "Converter Python API guide" about the 2.0 alpha differing from the nightly.

When using from_keras_model you do not need to worry about generating a concrete function. The only caveat is when you want to convert only a subset of the model. In 2.0, the only way to convert a portion of the model currently is to wrap only the part of the model you want to convert in a tf.function and convert that function.

Best,
Nupur

Margaret Maynard-Reid

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Apr 24, 2019, 1:49:22 PM4/24/19
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Hi Nupur,

Sounds good. Thanks for the follow-up (note on 2.0 alpha differs from nightly) and clarification!

Margaret

Aakash Kumar Nain

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Apr 25, 2019, 2:54:35 AM4/25/19
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Hi,

Thanks for the info. I tested the `from_keras_model` in the nightly version today and it works fine. I have one more question though. Now, I have the converted tflite model, how do I save it onto disk. In earlier versions, it was through the `.pb` file. What are the changes in tf2.0 for saving the model onto disk with `.tflite` format? 

Regards,
Aakash Nain

Aakash Kumar Nain

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Apr 25, 2019, 7:27:47 AM4/25/19
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I found it. It's simple save and read thing like an ordinary file. Thanks anyways


Regards,
Aakash Nain

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Hi bro,
I am new to python, I am facing similar issue you were facing, can you kindly share your code, or atleast how you imported or installed nightly version because I have trouble with that also

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