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PyTorch with Python

Course Level: Intermediate

Python (along with R) has become the dominant language in machine learning and data science. It is now commonly used to fit complex models to messy datasets. PyTorch is an open-source machine learning library for Python, based on Torch, used for applications such as natural language processing. It is primarily developed by Facebook’s artificial-intelligence research group, and Uber’s “Pyro” software for probabilistic programming is built on it.

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Course Details

Course Outline

  • Introduction to machine learning: A brief introduction to the topic of machine learning and the machine learning landscape in Python
  • Preprocessing: Building Preprocessing pipelines for data
  • Introduction to deep learning and PyTorch: An introduction to the PyTorch framework for training deep learning models.
  • Building a neural network: Defining a class blueprint for a neural network model in PyTorch
  • Training: Understanding feedforward networks, the backpropagation algorithm and optimisation.
  • Supervised learning: Building and training models for both regression and classification tasks. Consideration and exploration of different layers and activation functions within a neural network architecture.
  • Convolutional neural networks: Learning with image data
  • Transfer learning: Leverage the power of existing neural network architectures and weights. This is a powerful technique for training finely tuned models for accomplishing tasks with your own data.
  • Deep learning landscape: An exploration of other types of deep learning, the tasks that they aim to solve and how we might implement these in PyTorch. For example unsupervised, reinforcement learning.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, delegates will be able to leverage popular python packages such as sklearn and PyTorch for preprocessing their data and creating a pipeline workflow for model building. They will be able to build feed forward neural networks for both regression and classification tasks using the PyTorch package for the Python programming language. Delegates will gain an understanding of deep learning terminology, the mechanisms behind how such networks are trained and an appreciation for the scope of application. Attendees will also gain some exposure through discussion to other types of neural networks and time permitting, gain practical experience in other techniques.

Course Structure

The course will be a mixture of lecture style session together with practical exercises. Practical exercises will give delegates the opportunity to build their own models on real data sets for tasks such as hand writing recognition and image classification.

Prior Knowledge

The course assumes familiarity with the python programming language including experience of OOP, writing ones own classes in python. Some knowledge of calculus, matrix algebra and probability would be helpful but not essential.