Lab 1 bucket calculation, Can you explain tie_in()?

The use of tie_in() has been quite interesting but also perplexing. I checked on ChatGPT which explains it as trying to link to variables when calculating differentials as they change with each other. However in the bucket calculation it is not clear what tie_in() does here

Step 3

rotated_vecs = np.concatenate([rotated_vecs, -rotated_vecs], axis=-1)
if verbose:
    print("rotated_vecs.shape", rotated_vecs.shape)
### Step 4 ###
buckets = np.argmax(rotated_vecs, axis=-1).astype(np.int32)
if verbose:
    print("buckets.shape", buckets.shape)
if verbose:
    print("buckets", buckets)

if mask is not None:
    n_buckets += 1  # Create an extra bucket for padding tokens only
    buckets = np.where(mask[None, :], buckets, n_buckets - 1)

# buckets is now (n_hashes, seqlen). Next we add offsets so that
# bucket numbers from different hashing rounds don't overlap.
offsets = tie_in(buckets, np.arange(n_hashes, dtype=np.int32))**
offsets = np.reshape(offsets * n_buckets, (-1, 1))
### Step 5 ###
buckets = np.reshape(buckets + offsets, (-1))
if verbose:
    print("buckets with offsets", buckets.shape, "\n", buckets)
### End Code Here
return buckets

I recommend you not use a chat bot for programming advice.

Hi @PZ2004

As Tom mentioned, it’s a risky move to get explanations from chatbots.
In this case it is right - linking variables (buckets with np.arange() array) for gradient calculation. In other words, a technical detail for more efficient (vectorized) computations on XLA instead of slower/less efficient computation operation by operation.