# Tensorflow: When should I use or not use `feed_dict`?

## Tensorflow: When should I use or not use `feed_dict`?

In a tensorflow model you can define a placeholder such as `x = tf.placeholder(tf.float32)`

, then you will use `x`

in your model.

For example, I define a simple set of operations as:

```
x = tf.placeholder(tf.float32)
y = x * 42
```

Now when I ask tensorflow to compute `y`

, its clear that `y`

depends on `x`

.

```
with tf.Session() as sess:
sess.run(y)
```

This will produce an error because I did not give it a value for `x`

. In this case, because `x`

is a placeholder, if it gets used in a computation you must pass it in via `feed_dict`

. If you dont its an error.

Lets fix that:

```
with tf.Session() as sess:
sess.run(y, feed_dict={x: 2})
```

The result this time will be `84`

. Great. Now lets look at a trivial case where `feed_dict`

is not needed:

```
x = tf.constant(2)
y = x * 42
```

Now there are no placeholders (`x`

is a constant) and so nothing needs to be fed to the model. This works now:

```
with tf.Session() as sess:
sess.run(y)
```