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What is PyTorch `.detach()`

method?

PyTorch's detach method works on the tensor class.

`tensor.detach()`

creates a tensor that shares storage with tensor that does not require gradient. `tensor.clone()`

creates a copy of tensor that imitates the original tensor's `requires_grad`

field.

You should use `detach()`

when attempting to remove a tensor from a computation graph, and clone as a way to copy the tensor while still keeping the copy as a part of the computation graph it came from.

Let's see that in an example here

```
X = torch.ones((28, 28), dtype=torch.float32, requires_grad=True)
y = X**2
z = X**2
result = (y+z).sum()
torchviz.make_dot(result).render('Attached', format='png')
```

And now one with the detach.

```
X = torch.ones((28, 28), dtype=torch.float32, requires_grad=True)
y = X**2
z = X.detach()**2
result = (y+z).sum()
torchviz.make_dot(result).render('Attached', format='png')
```

As you can see now that the branch of computation with `x**2`

is no longer tracked. This is reflected in the gradient of the result which no longer records the contribution of this branch