FluxArchitectures: TPA-LSTM

Sören Dobberschütz · May 7, 2020

The next model in the FluxArchitectures repository is the Temporal Pattern Attention LSTM network based on the paper “Temporal Pattern Attention for Multivariate Time Series Forecasting” by Shih et. al.. It claims to have a better performance than the previously implemented LSTNet, with the additional advantage that an attention mechanism automatically tries to determine important parts of the time series, instead of introducing parameters that need to be optimized by the user.

Model Architecture

Model Structure

Image from Shih et. al., “Temporal Pattern Attention for Multivariate Time Series Forecasting”, ArXiv, 2019.

The neural net consists of the following elements: The first part consists of an embedding and stacked LSTM layer made up of the following parts:

  • A Dense embedding layer for the input data.
  • A StackedLSTM layer for the transformed input data.

The temporal attention mechanism consist of

  • A Dense layer that transforms the hidden state of the last LSTM layer in the StackedLSTM.
  • A convolutional layer operating on the pooled output of the previous layer, estimating the importance of the different datapoints.
  • A Dense layer operating on the LSTM hidden state and the output of the attention mechanism.

A final Dense layer is used to calculate the output of the network.

The code is based on a PyTorch implementation by Jing Wang of the same model with slight adjustments.

We define a struct to hold all layers and some metadata:

mutable struct TPALSTMCell
    # Prediction layers
    # Attention layers
	# Metadata ...

These layers are initialized as follows:

function TPALSTM(in, hiddensize, poollength, layers=1, filternum=32, filtersize=1)
	embedding = Dense(in, hiddensize, Flux.relu)
    output = Dense(hiddensize, 1)
    lstm = StackedLSTM(hiddensize, hiddensize, hiddensize, layers)
    attention_linear1 = Dense(hiddensize, filternum)
    attention_linear2 = Dense(hiddensize + filternum, hiddensize)
    attention_conv = Conv((filtersize, poollength - 1), 1 => filternum)
    return TPALSTMCell(...)

We use the same input data format as for the previous LSTnet layer, i.e. “Number of input features x Number of pooled timesteps x 1 x Number of data points”. The StackedLSTM layer is described later - it is basically a number of LSTM layers, where the hidden state of one layer gets fed to the next layer as input.

The model output is obtained by the following function:

function (m::TPALSTMCell)(x)
    inp = dropdims(x, dims=3)  # num_features x poollength x batchsize
    H_raw = _TPALSTM_gethidden(inp, m)
	H = Flux.relu.(H_raw)  # hiddensize x (poollength - 1) x batchsize
    x = inp[:,end,:]  # num_features x batchsize
    xconcat = m.embedding(x)  # hiddensize x batchsize
    _ = m.lstm(xconcat)  
    h_last = m.lstm.chain[end].state[1]  # hiddensize x batchsize
    ht = _TPALSTM_attention(H, h_last, m)  # hiddensize x batchsize
    return m.output(ht)  # 1 x batchsize

The following calculations are performed:

  1. Drop the singleton dimension of the input data.
  2. Get the hidden state from feeding a section of past input data to the stacked LSTM network.
  3. Obtain the hidden state for the current input data.
  4. Transform this hidden state by the attention mechanism.
  5. Obtain the final output.

Step 2 and 5 are described in the following subsections.

Obtaining the hidden states

This function basically runs through the pooled data, feeding it to the LSTM part of the network. In order to be able to collect the outputs, we use a Zygote.Buffer to store the results and return a copy to get back to normal arrays.

function _TPALSTM_gethidden(inp, m::TPALSTMCell)
    batchsize = size(inp,3)
    H = Flux.Zygote.Buffer(Array{Float32}(undef, m.hiddensize, m.poollength-1, batchsize))
    for t in 1:m.poollength-1
        x = inp[:,t,:]
        xconcat = m.embedding(x)
        _ = m.lstm(xconcat)
        hiddenstate = m.lstm.chain[end].state[1]
        H[:,t,:] = hiddenstate
    return copy(H)

Attention mechanism

The attention mechanism is contained in the function

function _TPALSTM_attention(H, h_last, m::TPALSTMCell)
    H_u = Flux.unsqueeze(H, 3)  # hiddensize x (poollength - 1) x 1 x batchsize
    conv_vecs = Flux.relu.(dropdims(m.attention_conv(H_u), dims=2))  # (hiddensize - filtersize + 1) x filternum x batchsize

    w = m.attention_linear1(h_last) |>  # filternum x batchsize
        a -> Flux.unsqueeze(a, 1) |>  # 1 x filternum x batchsize
        a -> repeat(a, inner=(m.attention_features_size,1,1))  # (hiddensize - filtersize + 1) x filternum x batchsize
    alpha = Flux.sigmoid.(sum(conv_vecs.*w, dims=2))  # (hiddensize - filtersize + 1) x 1 x batchsize
    v = repeat(alpha, inner=(1,m.filternum,1)) |>  # (hiddensize - filtersize + 1) x filternum x batchsize
        a -> dropdims(sum(a.*conv_vecs, dims=1), dims=1)  # filternum x batchsize

    concat = cat(h_last, v, dims=1)  # (filternum + hiddensize) x batchsize
    return m.attention_linear2(concat)  # hiddensize x batchsize

It consists of the following steps:

  1. We make sure that the matrix of pooled hidden states H has the right shape for a convolutional network by adding a third dimension of size one (making it the same size as the original input data).
  2. The Conv layer is applied, followed by a relu activation function.
  3. The transformed current hidden state of the LSTM part is multiplied with the output of the convolutional net. A sigmoid activation function gives attention weights alpha.
  4. The output of the convolutional net is weighted by the attention weights and concatenated with the current hidden state of the LSTM part.
  5. A Dense layer reduces the size of the concatenated vector.

Stacked LSTM

The stacked version of a number of LSTM cells is obtained by feeding the hidden state of one cell as input to the next one. Flux.jl’s standard setup only allows feeding the output of one cell as the new input, thus we adjust some of the internals:

  • Management of hidden states in Flux is done by the Recur structure, which returns the output of a recurrent layer. We use a similar HiddenRecur structure instead which returns the hidden state.
mutable struct HiddenRecur{T}

function (m::HiddenRecur)(xs...)
  h, y = m.cell(m.state, xs...)
  m.state = h
  return h[1]  # return hidden state of LSTM
  • The StackedLSTM-function chains everything together depending on the number of layers. (One layer corresponds to a standard LSTM cell.)
mutable struct StackedLSTMCell{A}

function StackedLSTM(in, out, hiddensize, layers::Integer)
	if layers == 1  # normal LSTM cell
		chain = Chain(LSTM(in, out))
	elseif layers == 2  
		chain = Chain(HiddenRecur(Flux.LSTMCell(in, hiddensize)),
					LSTM(hiddensize, out))
		chain_vec=[HiddenRecur(Flux.LSTMCell(in, hiddensize))]
		for i=1:layers-2
			push!(chain_vec, HiddenRecur(Flux.LSTMCell(hiddensize, hiddensize)))
		chain = Chain(chain_vec..., LSTM(hiddensize, out; init = init))
	return StackedLSTMCell(chain)

function (m::StackedLSTMCell)(x)
	return m.chain(x)

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