## Long Short-Term Memory Neural Networks

This topic explains how to work with sequence and time series data for classification and regression tasks using long short-term memory (LSTM) neural networks. For an example showing how to classify sequence data using an LSTM neural network, see Sequence Classification Using Deep Learning.

An LSTM neural network is a type of recurrent neural network (RNN) that can learn long-term dependencies between time steps of sequence data.

### LSTM Neural Network Architecture

The core components of an LSTM neural network are a sequence input layer and an LSTM
layer. A *sequence input layer* inputs sequence or time series data
into the neural network. An *LSTM layer* learns long-term
dependencies between time steps of sequence data.

This diagram illustrates the architecture of a simple LSTM neural network for classification. The neural network starts with a sequence input layer followed by an LSTM layer. To predict class labels, the neural network ends with a fully connected layer, a softmax layer, and a classification output layer.

This diagram illustrates the architecture of a simple LSTM neural network for regression. The neural network starts with a sequence input layer followed by an LSTM layer. The neural network ends with a fully connected layer and a regression output layer.

This diagram illustrates the architecture of a neural network for video classification. To input image sequences to the neural network, use a sequence input layer. To use convolutional layers to extract features, that is, to apply the convolutional operations to each frame of the videos independently, use a sequence folding layer followed by the convolutional layers, and then a sequence unfolding layer. To use the LSTM layers to learn from sequences of vectors, use a flatten layer followed by the LSTM and output layers.

#### Classification LSTM Networks

To create an LSTM network for sequence-to-label classification, create a layer array containing a sequence input layer, an LSTM layer, a fully connected layer, a softmax layer, and a classification output layer.

Set the size of the sequence input layer to the number of features of the input data. Set the size of the fully connected layer to the number of classes. You do not need to specify the sequence length.

For the LSTM layer, specify the number of hidden units and the output mode `'last'`

.

numFeatures = 12; numHiddenUnits = 100; numClasses = 9; layers = [ ... sequenceInputLayer(numFeatures) lstmLayer(numHiddenUnits,'OutputMode','last') fullyConnectedLayer(numClasses) softmaxLayer classificationLayer];

For an example showing how to train an LSTM network for sequence-to-label classification and classify new data, see Sequence Classification Using Deep Learning.

To create an LSTM network for sequence-to-sequence classification, use the same architecture as for sequence-to-label classification, but set the output mode of the LSTM layer to `'sequence'`

.

numFeatures = 12; numHiddenUnits = 100; numClasses = 9; layers = [ ... sequenceInputLayer(numFeatures) lstmLayer(numHiddenUnits,'OutputMode','sequence') fullyConnectedLayer(numClasses) softmaxLayer classificationLayer];

#### Regression LSTM Networks

To create an LSTM network for sequence-to-one regression, create a layer array containing a sequence input layer, an LSTM layer, a fully connected layer, and a regression output layer.

Set the size of the sequence input layer to the number of features of the input data. Set the size of the fully connected layer to the number of responses. You do not need to specify the sequence length.

For the LSTM layer, specify the number of hidden units and the output mode `'last'`

.

numFeatures = 12; numHiddenUnits = 125; numResponses = 1; layers = [ ... sequenceInputLayer(numFeatures) lstmLayer(numHiddenUnits,'OutputMode','last') fullyConnectedLayer(numResponses) regressionLayer];

To create an LSTM network for sequence-to-sequence regression, use the same architecture as for sequence-to-one regression, but set the output mode of the LSTM layer to `'sequence'`

.

numFeatures = 12; numHiddenUnits = 125; numResponses = 1; layers = [ ... sequenceInputLayer(numFeatures) lstmLayer(numHiddenUnits,'OutputMode','sequence') fullyConnectedLayer(numResponses) regressionLayer];

For an example showing how to train an LSTM network for sequence-to-sequence regression and predict on new data, see Sequence-to-Sequence Regression Using Deep Learning.

#### Video Classification Network

To create a deep learning network for data containing sequences of images such as video data and medical images, specify image sequence input using the sequence input layer.

To use convolutional layers to extract features, that is, to apply the convolutional operations to each frame of the videos independently, use a sequence folding layer followed by the convolutional layers, and then a sequence unfolding layer. To use the LSTM layers to learn from sequences of vectors, use a flatten layer followed by the LSTM and output layers.

inputSize = [28 28 1]; filterSize = 5; numFilters = 20; numHiddenUnits = 200; numClasses = 10; layers = [ ... sequenceInputLayer(inputSize,'Name','input') sequenceFoldingLayer('Name','fold') convolution2dLayer(filterSize,numFilters,'Name','conv') batchNormalizationLayer('Name','bn') reluLayer('Name','relu') sequenceUnfoldingLayer('Name','unfold') flattenLayer('Name','flatten') lstmLayer(numHiddenUnits,'OutputMode','last','Name','lstm') fullyConnectedLayer(numClasses, 'Name','fc') softmaxLayer('Name','softmax') classificationLayer('Name','classification')];

Convert the layers to a layer graph and connect the `miniBatchSize`

output of the sequence folding layer to the corresponding input of the sequence unfolding layer.

lgraph = layerGraph(layers); lgraph = connectLayers(lgraph,'fold/miniBatchSize','unfold/miniBatchSize');

For an example showing how to train a deep learning network for video classification, see Classify Videos Using Deep Learning.

#### Deeper LSTM Networks

You can make LSTM networks deeper by inserting extra LSTM layers with the output mode `'sequence'`

before the LSTM layer. To prevent overfitting, you can insert dropout layers after the LSTM layers.

For sequence-to-label classification networks, the output mode of the last LSTM layer must be `'last'`

.

numFeatures = 12; numHiddenUnits1 = 125; numHiddenUnits2 = 100; numClasses = 9; layers = [ ... sequenceInputLayer(numFeatures) lstmLayer(numHiddenUnits1,'OutputMode','sequence') dropoutLayer(0.2) lstmLayer(numHiddenUnits2,'OutputMode','last') dropoutLayer(0.2) fullyConnectedLayer(numClasses) softmaxLayer classificationLayer];

For sequence-to-sequence classification networks, the output mode of the last LSTM layer must be `'sequence'`

.

numFeatures = 12; numHiddenUnits1 = 125; numHiddenUnits2 = 100; numClasses = 9; layers = [ ... sequenceInputLayer(numFeatures) lstmLayer(numHiddenUnits1,'OutputMode','sequence') dropoutLayer(0.2) lstmLayer(numHiddenUnits2,'OutputMode','sequence') dropoutLayer(0.2) fullyConnectedLayer(numClasses) softmaxLayer classificationLayer];

### Layers

Layer | Description |
---|---|

A sequence input layer inputs sequence data to a neural network. | |

An LSTM layer is an RNN layer that learns long-term dependencies between time steps in time series and sequence data. | |

A bidirectional LSTM (BiLSTM) layer is an RNN layer that learns bidirectional long-term dependencies between time steps of time series or sequence data. These dependencies can be useful when you want the RNN to learn from the complete time series at each time step. | |

A GRU layer is an RNN layer that learns dependencies between time steps in time series and sequence data. | |

A 1-D convolutional layer applies sliding convolutional filters to 1-D input. | |

A 1-D max pooling layer performs downsampling by dividing the input into 1-D pooling regions, then computing the maximum of each region. | |

A 1-D average pooling layer performs downsampling by dividing the input into 1-D pooling regions, then computing the average of each region. | |

A 1-D global max pooling layer performs downsampling by outputting the maximum of the time or spatial dimensions of the input. | |

A sequence folding layer converts a batch of image sequences to a batch of images. Use a sequence folding layer to perform convolution operations on time steps of image sequences independently. | |

A sequence unfolding layer restores the sequence structure of the input data after sequence folding. | |

A flatten layer collapses the spatial dimensions of the input into the channel dimension. | |

| A word embedding layer maps word indices to vectors. |

### Classification, Prediction, and Forecasting

To classify or make predictions on new data, use `classify`

and `predict`

.

LSTM neural networks can remember the state of the neural network between predictions. The RNN state is useful when you do not have the complete time series in advance, or if you want to make multiple predictions on a long time series.

To predict and classify on parts of a time series and update the RNN state, use
`predictAndUpdateState`

and
`classifyAndUpdateState`

. To
reset the RNN state between predictions, use `resetState`

.

For an example showing how to forecast future time steps of a sequence, see Time Series Forecasting Using Deep Learning.

### Sequence Padding, Truncation, and Splitting

LSTM neural networks support input data with varying sequence lengths. When passing
data through the neural network, the software pads, truncates, or splits sequences so
that all the sequences in each mini-batch have the specified length. You can specify the
sequence lengths and the value used to pad the sequences using the
`SequenceLength`

and `SequencePaddingValue`

name-value pair arguments in `trainingOptions`

.

After training the neural network, use the same mini-batch size and padding options
when using the `classify`

, `predict`

,
`classifyAndUpdateState`

,
`predictAndUpdateState`

, and `activations`

functions.

#### Sort Sequences by Length

To reduce the amount of padding or discarded data when padding or truncating
sequences, try sorting your data by sequence length. To sort the data by sequence
length, first get the number of columns of each sequence by applying
`size(X,2)`

to every sequence using
`cellfun`

. Then sort the sequence lengths using
`sort`

, and use the second output to reorder the original
sequences.

sequenceLengths = cellfun(@(X) size(X,2), XTrain); [sequenceLengthsSorted,idx] = sort(sequenceLengths); XTrain = XTrain(idx);

The following figures show the sequence lengths of the sorted and unsorted data in bar charts.

#### Pad Sequences

If you specify the sequence length `'longest'`

, then the software
pads the sequences so that all the sequences in a mini-batch have the same length as
the longest sequence in the mini-batch. This option is the default.

The following figures illustrate the effect of padding sequence data to the length of the longest sequence in each mini-batch.

#### Truncate Sequences

If you specify the sequence length `'shortest'`

, then the
software truncates the sequences so that all the sequences in a mini-batch have the
same length as the shortest sequence in that mini-batch. The remaining data in the
sequences is discarded.

The following figures illustrate the effect of truncating sequence data to the length of the shortest sequence in each mini-batch.

#### Split Sequences

If you set the sequence length to an integer value, then software pads all the sequences in a mini-batch to the length of the longest sequence in the mini-batch. Then, the software splits each sequence into smaller sequences of the specified length. If splitting occurs, then the software creates extra mini-batches. If the specified sequence length does not evenly divide the sequence lengths of the data, then the mini-batches that contain the final time steps of the sequences have length shorter than the specified sequence length.

Use this option if the full sequences do not fit in memory. Alternatively, you can
try reducing the number of sequences per mini-batch by setting the `MiniBatchSize`

training option to a lower value using the `trainingOptions`

function.

If you specify the sequence length as a positive integer, then the software processes the smaller sequences in consecutive iterations. The neural network updates the RNN state between the split sequences.

The following figures illustrate the effect of splitting a collection of sequences into mini-batches with a sequence length of 5.

#### Specify Padding Direction

The location of the padding and
truncation can impact training, classification, and prediction accuracy. Try setting
the `'SequencePaddingDirection'`

option in `trainingOptions`

to `'left'`

or
`'right'`

and see which is best for your data.

Because recurrent layers process sequence data one time step at a time, when the recurrent
layer `OutputMode`

property is `'last'`

, any padding in
the final time steps can negatively influence the layer output. To pad or truncate sequence
data on the left, set the `SequencePaddingDirection`

option to `"left"`

.

For sequence-to-sequence neural networks (when the `OutputMode`

property is
`'sequence'`

for each recurrent layer), any padding in the first time
steps can negatively influence the predictions for the earlier time steps. To pad or
truncate sequence data on the right, set the `SequencePaddingDirection`

option to `"right"`

.

The following figures illustrate padding sequence data on the left and on the right.

The following figures illustrate truncating sequence data on the left and on the right.

### Normalize Sequence Data

To recenter training data automatically at training time using zero-center
normalization, set the `Normalization`

option of `sequenceInputLayer`

to
`'zerocenter'`

. Alternatively, you can normalize sequence data by
first calculating the per-feature mean and standard deviation of all the sequences.
Then, for each training observation, subtract the mean value and divide by the standard
deviation.

```
mu = mean([XTrain{:}],2);
sigma = std([XTrain{:}],0,2);
XTrain = cellfun(@(X) (X-mu)./sigma,XTrain,'UniformOutput',false);
```

### Out-of-Memory Data

Use datastores for sequence, time series, and signal data when data is too large to fit in memory or to perform specific operations when reading batches of data.

To learn more, see Train Network Using Out-of-Memory Sequence Data and Classify Out-of-Memory Text Data Using Deep Learning.

### Visualization

Investigate and visualize the features
learned by LSTM neural networks from sequence and time series data by extracting the
activations using the `activations`

function. To learn more, see Visualize Activations of LSTM Network.

### LSTM Layer Architecture

This diagram illustrates the flow of a time series *X* with
*C* features (channels) of length *S* through an
LSTM layer. In the diagram, $${h}_{t}$$ and $${c}_{t}$$ denote the output (also known as the *hidden
state*) and the *cell state* at time step
*t*, respectively.

The first LSTM block uses the initial state of the RNN and the first time step of the
sequence to compute the first output and the updated cell state. At time step
*t*, the block uses the current state of the RNN $$({c}_{t-1},{h}_{t-1})$$ and the next time step of the sequence to compute the output and the
updated cell state $${c}_{t}$$.

The state of the layer consists of the *hidden state* (also known as the
*output state*) and the *cell state*. The hidden
state at time step *t* contains the output of the LSTM layer for this time
step. The cell state contains information learned from the previous time steps. At each time
step, the layer adds information to or removes information from the cell state. The layer
controls these updates using *gates*.

These components control the cell state and hidden state of the layer.

Component | Purpose |
---|---|

Input gate (i) | Control level of cell state update |

Forget gate (f) | Control level of cell state reset (forget) |

Cell candidate (g) | Add information to cell state |

Output gate (o) | Control level of cell state added to hidden state |

This diagram illustrates the flow of data at time step *t*. This diagram
shows how the gates forget, update, and output the cell and hidden states.

The learnable weights of an LSTM layer are the input weights *W*
(`InputWeights`

), the recurrent weights *R*
(`RecurrentWeights`

), and the bias *b*
(`Bias`

). The matrices *W*, *R*,
and *b* are concatenations of the input weights, the recurrent weights, and
the bias of each component, respectively. The layer concatenates the matrices according to
these equations:

$$W=\left[\begin{array}{c}{W}_{i}\\ {W}_{f}\\ {W}_{g}\\ {W}_{o}\end{array}\right],\text{\hspace{1em}\hspace{1em}}R=\left[\begin{array}{c}{R}_{i}\\ {R}_{f}\\ {R}_{g}\\ {R}_{o}\end{array}\right],\text{\hspace{1em}\hspace{1em}}b=\left[\begin{array}{c}{b}_{i}\\ {b}_{f}\\ {b}_{g}\\ {b}_{o}\end{array}\right],$$

where *i*, *f*, *g*, and
*o* denote the input gate, forget gate, cell candidate, and output
gate, respectively.

The cell state at time step *t* is given by

$${c}_{t}={f}_{t}\odot {c}_{t-1}+{i}_{t}\odot {g}_{t},$$

where $$\odot $$ denotes the Hadamard product (element-wise multiplication of vectors).

The hidden state at time step *t* is given by

$${h}_{t}={o}_{t}\odot {\sigma}_{c}({c}_{t}),$$

where $${\sigma}_{c}$$ denotes the state activation function. By default, the
`lstmLayer`

function uses the hyperbolic tangent function (tanh) to
compute the state activation function.

These formulas describe the components at time step *t*.

Component | Formula |
---|---|

Input gate | $${i}_{t}={\sigma}_{g}({W}_{i}{x}_{t}+\text{}{\text{R}}_{i}{h}_{t-1}+{b}_{i})$$ |

Forget gate | $${f}_{t}={\sigma}_{g}({W}_{f}{x}_{t}+\text{}{\text{R}}_{f}{h}_{t-1}+{b}_{f})$$ |

Cell candidate | $${g}_{t}={\sigma}_{c}({W}_{g}{x}_{t}+\text{}{\text{R}}_{g}{h}_{t-1}+{b}_{g})$$ |

Output gate | $${o}_{t}={\sigma}_{g}({W}_{o}{x}_{t}+\text{}{\text{R}}_{o}{h}_{t-1}+{b}_{o})$$ |

In these calculations, $${\sigma}_{g}$$ denotes the gate activation function. By default, the
`lstmLayer`

function, uses the sigmoid function, given by $$\sigma (x)={(1+{e}^{-x})}^{-1}$$, to compute the gate activation function.

## References

[1] Hochreiter, S., and J. Schmidhuber. "Long short-term memory." *Neural
computation*. Vol. 9, Number 8, 1997, pp.1735–1780.

## See Also

`sequenceInputLayer`

| `lstmLayer`

| `bilstmLayer`

| `gruLayer`

| `classifyAndUpdateState`

| `predictAndUpdateState`

| `resetState`

| `sequenceFoldingLayer`

| `sequenceUnfoldingLayer`

| `flattenLayer`

| `wordEmbeddingLayer`

(Text Analytics Toolbox) | `activations`

## Related Topics

- Sequence Classification Using Deep Learning
- Time Series Forecasting Using Deep Learning
- Sequence-to-Sequence Classification Using Deep Learning
- Sequence-to-Sequence Regression Using Deep Learning
- Sequence-to-One Regression Using Deep Learning
- Classify Videos Using Deep Learning
- Visualize Activations of LSTM Network
- Develop Custom Mini-Batch Datastore
- Example Deep Learning Networks Architectures
- Deep Learning in MATLAB