This course will get you started in building your FIRST **artificial neural network** using **deep learning** techniques. Following my previous course on logistic regression, we take this basic building block, and build full-on non-linear neural networks right out of the gate using Python and Numpy. All the materials for this course are FREE.

We extend the previous binary classification model to multiple classes using the softmax function, and we derive the very important training method called “**backpropagation**” using first principles. I show you how to code backpropagation in Numpy, first “the slow way”, and then “the fast way” using Numpy features.

Next, we implement a neural network using Google’s new TensorFlow library.

You should take this course if you are interested in starting your journey toward becoming a master at deep learning, or if you are interested in **machine learning** and **data science** in general. We go beyond basic models like logistic regression and linear regression and I show you something that **automatically learns features**.

This course provides you with many practical examples so that you can really see how deep learning can be used on anything. Throughout the course, we’ll do a course project, which will show you how to predict user actions on a website given user data like whether or not that user is on a mobile device, the number of products they viewed, how long they stayed on your site, whether or not they are a returning visitor, and what time of day they visited.

Another project at the end of the course shows you how you can use deep learning for facial expression recognition. Imagine being able to predict someone’s emotions just based on a picture!

After getting your feet wet with the fundamentals, I provide a brief overview of some of the newest developments in neural networks - slightly modified architectures and what they are used for.

NOTE:

If you *already* know about softmax and backpropagation, and you want to skip over the theory and speed things up using more advanced techniques along with GPU-optimization, check out my follow-up course on this topic, **Data Science: Practical Deep Learning Concepts in Theano and TensorFlow**.

I have other courses that cover more advanced topics, such as **Convolutional Neural Networks**, **Restricted Boltzmann Machines**, **Autoencoders**, and more! But you want to be very comfortable with the material in this course before moving on to more advanced subjects.

This course focuses on “**how to build and understand**”, not just “how to use”. Anyone can learn to use an API in 15 minutes after reading some documentation. It’s not about “remembering facts”, it’s about **“seeing for yourself” via experimentation**. It will teach you how to visualize what’s happening in the model internally. If you want **more** than just a superficial look at machine learning models, this course is for you.

All the code for this course can be downloaded from my github: /lazyprogrammer/machine_learning_examples

In the directory: ann_class

Make sure you always “git pull” so you have the latest version!

HARD PREREQUISITES / KNOWLEDGE YOU ARE ASSUMED TO HAVE:

- calculus
- linear algebra
- probability
- Python coding: if/else, loops, lists, dicts, sets
- Numpy coding: matrix and vector operations, loading a CSV file

TIPS (for getting through the course):

- Watch it at 2x.
- Take handwritten notes. This will drastically increase your ability to retain the information.
- Write down the equations. If you don’t, I guarantee it will just look like gibberish.
- Ask lots of questions on the discussion board. The more the better!
- Realize that most exercises will take you days or weeks to complete.
- Write code yourself, don’t just sit there and look at my code.

WHAT ORDER SHOULD I TAKE YOUR COURSES IN?:

- Check out the lecture “What order should I take your courses in?” (available in the Appendix of any of my courses, including the free Numpy course)

- Students interested in machine learning - you’ll get all the tidbits you need to do well in a neural networks course
- Professionals who want to use neural networks in their machine learning and data science pipeline. Be able to apply more powerful models, and know its drawbacks.
- People who already know how to take partial derivatives and log-likelihoods. Since we cover this in more detail in my logistic regression class, it is not covered quite as thoroughly here.
- People who already know how to code in Python and Numpy. You will need some familiarity because we go through it quite fast. Don’t worry, it’s not that hard.

### Suggest:

☞ Data Science and Machine Learning for Managers and MBAs

☞ Deep Learning with TensorFlow

☞ Deep Learning: Recurrent Neural Networks in Python

☞ Deep Learning Prerequisites: Linear Regression in Python