Chapter 6Getting Real

It’s time to make the leap from simple pizza-related examples to the cool stuff: image recognition. We’re about to do something magical. Within a few pages, we’ll have a program that classifies images.

In this chapter and the next, we’ll apply our binary classifier to MNIST, a database of handwritten digits.[14] Just a few years ago, before ML systems could tackle more complex datasets, AI researchers used MNIST as a benchmark for their algorithms. In this chapter, we’ll join that esteemed crowd.

 

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