# Explore the TensorFlow Installation

After you install TensorFlow, you have a directory named `tensorflow `

that contains a wide variety of files and folders. Two top-level folders are particularly important. The core directory contains the TensorFlow’s primary packages and modules. The `contrib `

directory contains secondary packages that may later be merged into core TensorFlow.

When you write a TensorFlow application, it’s important to be familiar with the different packages and the modules they provide. The table lists the all-important `tensorflow `

package and nine other packages.

Important TensorFlow Packages

Package | Content |

`tensorflow` |
Central package of the TensorFlow framework, commonly accessed as tf |

`tf.train` |
Optimizers and other classes related to training |

`tf.nn` |
Neural network classes and related math operations |

`tf.layers` |
Functions related to multilayer neural networks |

`tf.contrib` |
Volatile or experimental code |

`tf.image` |
Image-processing functions |

`tf.estimator` |
High-level tools for training and evaluation |

`tf.logging` |
Functions that write data to a log |

`tf.summary` |
Classes needed to generate summary data |

`tf.metrics` |
Functions for measuring the outcome of machine learning |

The first package, `tensorflow`

, is TensorFlow’s central package. Most applications import this package as `tf`

, so when you see `tf`

in code or an example, remember that it refers to the `tensorflow `

package.

Training is a crucial operation in machine learning applications. The `tf.train`

package provides many of the modules and classes needed for TensorFlow training. In particular, it provides the optimizer classes that determine which algorithm should be used for training.

The `tf.nn`

and `tf.layers`

packages provide functions that create and configure neural networks. The two packages overlap in many respects, but the functions in `tf.layers`

focus on multilayer networks, while the functions in `tf.nn`

are suited toward general purpose machine learning.

Many of the packages in `tf.contrib `

contain variants of core capabilities. For example, `tf.contrib.nn`

contains variants of the features in `tf.nn`

and `tf.contrib.layers `

contains variants of the features in `tf.layers`

. `tf.contrib `

also provides a wealth of interesting and experimental packages, including the following:

`tf.contrib.keras`

: Makes it possible to interface TensorFlow using the Keras interface`tf.contrib.ffmpeg`

: Enables audio processing through the open-source FFMPEG toolset`tf.contrib.bayesflow`

: Contains modules related to Bayesian learning`tf.contrib.integrate`

: Provides the`odeint`

function, which integrates ordinary differential equations

The last three packages in the table enable developers to analyze their applications and produce output. The functions in `tf.logging`

enable logging and can be used to write messages to the log. The classes and functions in `tf.summary`

generate data that can be read by TensorBoard, a utility for visualizing machine learning applications. The functions in `tf.metrics`

analyze the accuracy of machine learning operations.