# How to Find Binary Cross Entropy Loss Value Using TensorFlow

This short article explains the two methods for calculating the Binary Cross-Entropy (i.e., the TensorFlow framework’s built-in functions and the custom implementation of the formula in raw Python). It further proves that both the methods yield the same results.

Before calculating the cross-entropy loss, we first need to understand the binary cross entropy loss and why it is estimated. Then we will implement its formula using raw Python and as per the `TensorFlow`

framework.

## Find Binary Cross Entropy Loss Value Using TensorFlow

The `loss`

function is used in Machine Learning to measure the model performance. If the `loss`

is high, the model is performing poorly.

On the contrary, if it is low, the model performs well and generates results near the ground truth.

Cross Entropy is also a measure of `loss`

(also known as log loss). It is generally used to compute the loss in binary classification problems.

Binary Cross Entropy is the negative average of the log of corrected predicted probabilities.

We calculate the binary cross entropy using the following formula.

$$

\text { Log loss }=\frac{1}{N} \sum_{i=1}^{N}-\left(y_{i} * \log \left(p_{i}\right)+\left(1-y_{i}\right) * \log \left(1-p_{i}\right)\right)

$$

Let’s implement the above formula using Python.

```
import numpy as np
def BinaryCrossEntropy(y_true, y_pred):
y_pred = np.clip(y_pred, 1e-7, 1 - 1e-7)
term_0 = y_true * np.log(y_pred + 1e-7)
term_1 = (1 - y_true) * np.log(1 - y_pred + 1e-7)
return -np.mean(term_0 + term_1, axis=0)
print(
BinaryCrossEntropy(
np.array([1, 0, 1]).reshape(-1, 1), np.array([0, 0, 1]).reshape(-1, 1)
)
)
```

Let’s understand the above code line by line. We defined a function `BinaryCrossEntropy`

which takes two arguments, `y_true`

and `y_pred`

.

These arguments are 1D-arrays in binary classification. The `y_true`

are actual values, and the `y_pred`

are the ML model’s predicted values.

The `np.clip(array, min_val, max_val)`

call just clips the input array. For example, `[0,0,1]`

will be clipped to `[1e^-7, 1e^-7, 0.9999999]`

.

The `np.mean()`

finds the `mean`

of the input array by dividing it by the batch size `N`

.

Why do we use a minimal value like `1*e^-7`

for clipping?

The above formula contains some logarithmic terms. Since `log(0)`

(i.e., natural logarithm of zero) produces undefined (infinity).

When infinity is divided by `N`

(i.e., batch-size of predicted/true values), it gives an error. Therefore, we used a minimal value of `1*e^-7`

for clipping.

The above code gives the following output.

```
[5.14164949]
```

Now, we will use `TensorFlow`

to find binary cross entropy loss values. Let’s look into the below code.

```
import tensorflow as tf
import numpy as np
y_true = np.array([1.0, 1.0, 1.0]).reshape(-1, 1)
y_pred = np.array([1.0, 1.0, 0.0]).reshape(-1, 1)
bce = tf.keras.losses.BinaryCrossentropy(
from_logits=False, reduction=tf.keras.losses.Reduction.SUM_OVER_BATCH_SIZE
)
loss = bce(y_true, y_pred)
print(loss.numpy())
```

The built-in function `tf.keras.losses.BinaryCrossentropy( from_logits=False , reduction=tf.keras.losses.Reduction.SUM_OVER_BATCH_SIZE)`

computes the cross-entropy loss between true labels and predicted labels.

In the above code, `bce( y_true, y_pred)`

takes two arguments.

`y_true`

(true label): This is either 0 or 1.`y_pred`

(predicted value): This is the model’s prediction, i.e., a single floating-point value which either represents a`logit`

, (i.e, value in`[-inf, inf]`

when`from_logits=True`

) or a probability (i.e, value in`[0., 1.]`

when`from_logits=False`

).

You can find more details on Binary Cross-Entropy here.

The above code gives the following binary cross entropy value.

```
5.1416497230529785
```

This is evident by the results that Binary Cross Entropy Loss values using TensorFlow and from the Formula are equal.