Consider the following code for Conv1D layer

# The inputs are 128-length vectors with 10 timesteps, and the batch size  
# is 4.  
input_shape = (4, 10, 128)
x = tf.random.normal(input_shape)
y = tf.keras.layers.Conv1D(32, 3, activation='relu',input_shape=input_shape[1:])(x)
(4, 8, 32)

It has been given that there are 10 vectors, with each of length 128. Then how does the output will be of shape (8, 32)?

If we apply a filter of size 3, we will then get a vector of length 126, if stride is 1. But, I cannot see 126 anywhere in the output.

How to understand the shapes of input and output?

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    – noe
    Feb 24, 2021 at 18:46
  • $\begingroup$ @noe thanks for providing an answer. I require some more knowledge to appreciate the answer. In search of the knowledge. $\endgroup$
    – hanugm
    Feb 25, 2021 at 4:57
  • $\begingroup$ I added more information to make it clearer. $\endgroup$
    – noe
    Feb 25, 2021 at 8:10

1 Answer 1


As described on the linked page, 128 is the dimensionality of each vector (i.e. the number of input channels), and 10 is the number of timesteps.

8 is the resulting number of timesteps after applying the filter of size 3 to the initial 10 timesteps.

In order to make it clearer, let's visualize the 1D convolution (source):

enter image description here

The missing parts in the picture are the batch size (4) and the output time length (8).


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