The Fashion-MNIST dataset

Those who have experience with deep learning have most likely heard about the MNIST dataset. It is one of the most widely-used image datasets, serving as a benchmark for tasks such as image classification and image generation, and is used by many computer vision models:

Figure 8: The MNIST dataset (reference at end of chapter)

There are several problems with MNIST, however. First of all, the dataset is too easy, since a simple convolutional neural network is able to achieve 99% test accuracy. In spite of this, the dataset is used far too often in research and benchmarks. The F-MNIST dataset, produced by the online ...

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