I was implementing the little part of speech tagger from the tutorial and I was wondering how I could transform this class into a Bi-Directional LSTM.
I am completely new to pytorch, I don’t know if there is an easy way to do so.

Thanks a lot!


PyTorch RNN classes have a bidirectional keyword flag. So this is quite easy. You should simply change to

class LSTMTagger(nn.Module):

    def __init__(self, embedding_dim, hidden_dim, vocab_size, tagset_size):
        super(LSTMTagger, self).__init__()
        self.hidden_dim = hidden_dim

        self.word_embeddings = nn.Embedding(vocab_size, embedding_dim)

        # The LSTM takes word embeddings as inputs, and outputs hidden states
        # with dimensionality hidden_dim.
        self.lstm = nn.LSTM(embedding_dim, hidden_dim, bidirectional=True)  # <- change here

        # The linear layer that maps from hidden state space to tag space
        self.hidden2tag = nn.Linear(hidden_dim * 2, tagset_size)
        self.hidden = self.init_hidden()

    def init_hidden(self):
        # Before we've done anything, we dont have any hidden state.
        # Refer to the Pytorch documentation to see exactly
        # why they have this dimensionality.
        # The axes semantics are (num_layers * num_directions, minibatch_size, hidden_dim)
        return (autograd.Variable(torch.zeros(2, 1, self.hidden_dim)),   
                autograd.Variable(torch.zeros(2, 1, self.hidden_dim)))    # <- change here: first dim of hidden needs to be doubled

    def forward(self, sentence):
        embeds = self.word_embeddings(sentence)
        lstm_out, self.hidden = self.lstm(
            embeds.view(len(sentence), 1, -1), self.hidden)
        tag_space = self.hidden2tag(lstm_out.view(len(sentence), -1))
        tag_scores = F.log_softmax(tag_space, dim=1)
        return tag_scores

The two lines I changed are marked by # <- change here

edit: changed another line I missed. see below for details.


Hello Simon,

Thanks a lot, this is way simpler than I thought, but I get the following error when I run the small example after changing the lines you indicated:

RuntimeError: size mismatch, m1: [5 x 12], m2: [6 x 3]

Any idea why?

Oh right. I forgot that the outputs also have both directions. Then your self.hidden2tag = nn.Linear(hidden_dim, tagset_size) should become self.hidden2tag = nn.Linear(hidden_dim * 2, tagset_size). Hope that this works!

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Working like a charm, thank you so much!

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Hi @SimonW thank you for your answer! can you kindly also explain the changes?
thanks in advance