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Fundamentals of Deep Learning by Nikhil Buduma

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Preface

With the reinvigoration of neural networks in the 2000s, deep learning has become an extremely active area of research that is paving the way for modern machine learning. This book uses exposition and examples to help you understand major concepts in this complicated field. Large companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have taken notice and are actively growing in-house deep learning teams. For the rest of us, deep learning is still a pretty complex and difficult subject to grasp. Research papers are filled to the brim with jargon, and scattered online tutorials do little to help build a strong intuition for why and how deep learning practitioners approach problems. Our goal is to bridge this gap.

Prerequisites and Objectives

This booked is aimed an audience with a basic operating understanding of calculus, matrices, and Python programming. Approaching this material without this background is possible, but likely to be more challenging. Background in linear algebra may also be helpful in navigating certain sections of mathematical exposition.

By the end of the book, we hope that our readers will be left with an intuition for how to approach problems using deep learning, the historical context for modern deep learning approaches, and a familiarity with implementing deep learning algorithms using the TensorFlow open source library.

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Using Code Examples

Supplemental material (code examples, exercises, etc.) is available for download at https://github.com/darksigma/Fundamentals-of-Deep-Learning-Book.

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Acknowledgements

We’d like to thank several people who have been instrumental in the completion of this text. We’d like to start by acknowledging Mostafa Samir and Surya Bhupatiraju, who contributed heavily to the content of Chapters 7 and 8. We also appreciate the contributions of Mohamed (Hassan) Kane and Anish Athalye, who worked on early versions of the code examples in this book’s Github repository.

This book would not have been possible without the never-ending support and expertise of our editor, Shannon Cutt. We’d also like to appreciate the commentary provided by our reviewers, Isaac Hodes, David Andrzejewski, and Aaron Schumacher, who provided thoughtful, in-depth commentary on the original drafts of the text. Finally, we are thankful for all of the insight provided by our friends and family members, including Jeff Dean, Nithin Buduma, Venkat Buduma, and William, Jack, as we finalized the manuscript of the text.

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