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Machine Learning Group

7 Post author: Regex 16 July 2017 08:58PM

After signing up for this post, those of us that want to study machine learning have made a team.

In an effort to actually get high returns on our time we won't delay, and instead actually build the skills. First project: work through Python Machine Learning by Sebastian Raschka, with the mid-term goal of being able to implement the "recognizing handwritten digits" code near the end.

As a matter of short term practicality currently we don't have the hardware for GPU acceleration. This limits the things we can do, but at this stage of learning most of the time spent is on understanding and implementing the basic concepts anyway.

Here is our discord invite link if you're interested in joining in on the fun.

Comments (3)

Comment author: korin43 17 July 2017 05:19:07PM 2 points [-]

As a matter of short term practicality currently we don't have the hardware for GPU acceleration. This limits the things we can do, but at this stage of learning most of the time spent is on understanding and implementing the basic concepts anyway.

For what you're doing, GPU stuff probably doesn't make that big of a difference. Convolutional networks will train and run faster, but a digit recognition network should be tiny and fast anyway.

Comment author: IlyaShpitser 17 July 2017 02:25:35PM 1 point [-]

+1 on actually doing this.

Comment author: deluks917 17 July 2017 01:37:57AM 1 point [-]

I am in the group. I am getting started tomorrow!