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Larq Zoo Tutorial

This tutorial demonstrates how to load pretrained models from Larq Zoo. These models can be used for prediction, feature extraction, and fine-tuning.

pip install larq larq-zoo 
import tensorflow as tf
import tensorflow_datasets as tfds
import numpy as np
import larq_zoo as lqz
from urllib.request import urlopen
from PIL import Image

Download and prepare a sample image

In the following we will use a sample image from the ImageNet dataset:

img_path = ""

with urlopen(img_path) as f:
    img =, 224))

x = tf.keras.preprocessing.image.img_to_array(img)
x = lqz.preprocess_input(x)
x = np.expand_dims(x, axis=0)

Classify ImageNet classes with QuickNet

We will first load the QuickNet architecture with pretrained weights and predict the image class.

model = lqz.sota.QuickNet(weights="imagenet")
preds = model.predict(x)
lqz.decode_predictions(preds, top=5)[0]
[('n02504458', 'African_elephant', 0.57994586),
 ('n01871265', 'tusker', 0.41163084),
 ('n02504013', 'Indian_elephant', 0.008422509),
 ('n02410509', 'bison', 1.6847167e-07),
 ('n02412080', 'ram', 1.3900193e-07)]

Extract features with QuickNet

Larq Zoo models can also be used to extract features that can be used as input to a second model.

model = lqz.sota.QuickNet(weights="imagenet", include_top=False)
features = model.predict(x)
print("Feature shape:", features.shape)
Feature shape: (1, 7, 7, 512)

Extract features from an arbitrary intermediate layer

Features can also be extracted from arbitrary intermediate layer with just a few lines of code.

avg_pool_layer = model.get_layer("add_7")
avg_pool_model = tf.keras.models.Model(
    inputs=model.input, outputs=avg_pool_layer.output)

avg_pool_features = avg_pool_model.predict(x)
print("add_7 feature shape:", avg_pool_features.shape)
add_7 feature shape: (1, 14, 14, 256)

Build QuickNet over a custom input Tensor

The model can also be used with an input Tensor that might also be the output a different Keras model or layer.

input_tensor = tf.keras.layers.Input(shape=(224, 224, 3))

model = lqz.sota.QuickNet(input_tensor=input_tensor, weights="imagenet")

Evaluate QuickNet with TensorFlow Datasets

To re-run the evaluation on the entire ImageNet validation dataset Tensorflow Datasets can be used.

Note that running this example will require mannualy downloading the entire dataset and might take a very long time to complete.

def preprocess(data):
    img = lqz.preprocess_input(data["image"])
    label = tf.one_hot(data["label"], 1000)
    return img, label 

dataset = (
    tfds.load("imagenet2012:5.0.0", split=tfds.Split.VALIDATION)

model = lqz.sota.QuickNet()
    metrics=["categorical_accuracy", "top_k_categorical_accuracy"],