Calculate Binary Cross-Entropy using TensorFlow 2

Binary cross-entropy (BCE) is a loss function that is used to solve binary classification problems (when there are only two classes). BCE is the measure of how far away from the actual label (0 or 1) the prediction is.

The formula to calculate the BCE:

Formula to Calculate BCE
  • n – the number of data points.
  • y – the actual label of the data point. Also known as true label. Can only be 0 or 1.
  • – the predicted probability of the data point. Between 0 and 1. This value is returned by model.

Let’s say we have the following sets of numbers:

actual labels of y1001
predicted probabilities of

Here is example how BCE can be calculated using these numbers:

BCE Calculation Example

TensorFlow 2 allows to calculate the BCE. It can be done by using BinaryCrossentropy class.

from tensorflow import keras

yActual = [1, 0, 0, 1]
yPredicted = [0.8, 0.2, 0.6, 0.9]

bceObject = keras.losses.BinaryCrossentropy()
bceTensor = bceObject(yActual, yPredicted)
bce = bceTensor.numpy()


BCE also can be calculated by using binary_crossentropy function.

bceTensor = keras.losses.binary_crossentropy(yActual, yPredicted)
bce = bceTensor.numpy()

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