Versioned name: NonMaxSuppression-1

Category: Sorting and maximization

Short description: NonMaxSuppression performs non maximum suppression of the boxes with predicted scores.

Detailed description: NonMaxSuppression layer performs non maximum suppression algorithm as described below:

  1. Take the box with highest score. If the score is less than score_threshold then stop. Otherwise add the box to the output and continue to the next step.
  2. For each input box, calculate the IOU (intersection over union) with the box added during the previous step. If the value is greater than the iou_threshold threshold then remove the input box from further consideration.
  3. Return to step 1.

This algorithm is applied independently to each class of each batch element. The total number of output boxes for each class must not exceed max_output_boxes_per_class.


  • box_encoding
    • Description: box_encoding specifies the format of boxes data encoding.
    • Range of values: "corner" or "center"
      • corner - the box data is supplied as [y1, x1, y2, x2] where (y1, x1) and (y2, x2) are the coordinates of any diagonal pair of box corners.
      • center - the box data is supplied as [x_center, y_center, width, height].
    • Type: string
    • Default value: "corner"
    • Required: no
  • sort_result_descending
    • Description: sort_result_descending is a flag that specifies whenever it is necessary to sort selected boxes across batches or not.
    • Range of values: True of False
      • True - sort selected boxes across batches.
      • False - do not sort selected boxes across batches (boxes are sorted per class).
    • Type: boolean
    • Default value: True
    • Required: no


  • 1: boxes - floating point tensor of shape [num_batches, num_boxes, 4] with box coordinates. Required.
  • 2: scores - floating point tensor of shape [num_batches, num_classes, num_boxes] with box scores. Required.
  • 3: max_output_boxes_per_class - integer scalar tensor specifying maximum number of boxes to be selected per class. Optional with default value 0 meaning select no boxes.
  • 4: iou_threshold - floating point scalar tensor specifying intersection over union threshold. Optional with default value 0 meaning keep all boxes.
  • 5: score_threshold - floating point scalar tensor specifying minimum score to consider box for the processing. Optional with default value 0.


  • 1: selected_indices - integer tensor of shape [min(num_boxes, max_output_boxes_per_class * num_classes), 3] containing information about selected boxes as triplets [batch_index, class_index, box_index]. The output tensor is filled with -1s for output tensor elements if the total number of selected boxes is less than the output tensor size.


<layer ... type="NonMaxSuppression" ... >
<data box_encoding="corner" sort_result_descending="1"/>
<port id="0">
<port id="1">
<port id="2"/>
<port id="3"/>
<port id="4"/>
<port id="5" precision="I32">