Inf and Nan loss in RNN

Here is my RNN class:

import torch.nn as nn
from torch.autograd import Variable

class RNN(nn.Module):
    def __init__(self, input_size, hidden_size, output_size):
        self.hidden_size = hidden_size
        self.i2h = nn.Linear(input_size , hidden_size)
        self.h2o = nn.Linear(hidden_size, output_size)
        self.h2h = nn.Linear(hidden_size, hidden_size)
        self.softmax = nn.LogSoftmax(dim = 1)

    def forward(self, input, hidden):
        h = self.softmax(self.h2h(hidden)+  self.i2h(input))
        o = self.softmax(self.h2o(h))
        return o, h

    def init_hidden(self):
        return Variable(torch.zeros(1, self.hidden_size))

And I created an instance and trained as follows:

rnn = RNN(n_chars, 90, n_chars)
criterion = nn.MSELoss()
learning_rate = 0.05
optimizer = torch.optim.Adam(rnn.parameters(), lr = learning_rate)
hidden = rnn.init_hidden()
epochs = 5

for epoch in range(epochs):
    for i in range(len(X)):
        for ele in X[i]:
            output, hidden = rnn(Variable(ele.t()), hidden)
        loss = criterion(output, Y[i])

        if (i %1000 == 0):
            print('Current loss is: ', loss)

The result is an extremely large loss in the first step, an then the loss becomes Inf, after which it becomes Nan till the end. Why is this happening? How can I correct this?

An unrelated issue…

optimizer.zero_grad should come before loss.backward or after optimizer.step. If you put it after .backward and before .step then you delete the gradients needed for the update before applying the update.

LogSoftmax outputs values between -inf and 0. I suspect that with each step your hidden state is getting closer and closer to -inf.

You might have better luck if you use a bounded activation for the hidden states, such as nn.Tanh.

Oh, I see. Can you also have a look at RNN weights get converted to nan values ? I opened it and it looks related to the current error.

  1. Possible Problem 1 - optimizer.zero_grad() should come before loss.backward(retain_graph=True) Or else all of the computer gradients will be Zeroed and all of the parameters will not be updated.

  2. Possible Problem 2 - Inspect all of your input and make sure none of the sequences contains “NAN”