flax.linen.init(fn, module, mutable=DenyList(deny='intermediates'), capture_intermediates=False)[source]#

Creates an init function to call fn with a bound module.

Unlike Module.init this function returns a new function with the signature (rngs, *args, **kwargs) -> variables. The rngs can be a dict of PRNGKeys or a single `PRNGKey which is equivalent to passing a dict with one PRNGKey with the name “params”.

The init function that is returned can be directly composed with JAX transformations like jax.jit:

def f(foo, x):
  z = foo.encode(x)
  y = foo.decode(z)
  # ...
  return y

foo = Foo()
f_jitted = jax.jit(nn.init(f, foo))
variables = f_jitted(rng, x)
  • fn – The function that should be applied. The first argument passed will be an module instance of the module with variables and RNGs bound to it.

  • module – The Module that will be used to bind variables and RNGs to. The Module passed as the first argument to fn will be a clone of module.

  • mutable – Can be bool, str, or list. Specifies which collections should be treated as mutable: bool: all/no collections are mutable. str: The name of a single mutable collection. list: A list of names of mutable collections. By default all collections except “intermediates” are mutable.

  • capture_intermediates – If True, captures intermediate return values of all Modules inside the “intermediates” collection. By default only the return values of all __call__ methods are stored. A function can be passed to change the filter behavior. The filter function takes the Module instance and method name and returns a bool indicating whether the output of that method invocation should be stored.


The init function wrapping fn.