class chainer.iterators.SerialIterator(dataset, batch_size, repeat=True, shuffle=None, order_sampler=None)[source]

Dataset iterator that serially reads the examples.

This is a simple implementation of Iterator that just visits each example in either the order of indexes or a shuffled order.

To avoid unintentional performance degradation, the shuffle option is set to True by default. For validation, it is better to set it to False when the underlying dataset supports fast slicing. If the order of examples has an important meaning and the updater depends on the original order, this option should be set to False.

This iterator saves -1 instead of None in snapshots since some serializers do not support None.

  • dataset – Dataset to iterate.

  • batch_size (int) – Number of examples within each batch.

  • repeat (bool) – If True, it infinitely loops over the dataset. Otherwise, it stops iteration at the end of the first epoch.

  • shuffle (bool) – If True, the order of examples is shuffled at the beginning of each epoch. Otherwise, examples are extracted in the order of indexes. If None and no order_sampler is given, the behavior is the same as the case with shuffle=True.

  • order_sampler (callable) – A callable that generates the order of the indices to sample in the next epoch when a epoch finishes. This function should take two arguments: the current order and the current position of the iterator. This should return the next order. The size of the order should remain constant. This option cannot be used when shuffle is not None.


__exit__(exc_type, exc_value, traceback)[source]

Returns the next batch.

This is a part of the iterator protocol of Python. It may raise the StopIteration exception when it stops the iteration.


Returns self.


Finalizes the iterator and possibly releases the resources.

This method does nothing by default. Implementation may override it to better handle the internal resources.

This method can be called multiple times.


Python2 alternative of __next__.

It calls __next__() by default.


Serializes the internal state of the iterator.

This is a method to support the serializer protocol of Chainer.


It should only serialize the internal state that changes over the iteration. It should not serialize what is set manually by users such as the batch size.

__eq__(value, /)

Return self==value.

__ne__(value, /)

Return self!=value.

__lt__(value, /)

Return self<value.

__le__(value, /)

Return self<=value.

__gt__(value, /)

Return self>value.

__ge__(value, /)

Return self>=value.