Artificial neural networks are considered to be the most efficient Machine Learning techniques nowadays, with companies the likes of Google, IBM and Microsoft applying them in a myriad of ways. You ve probably heard about self–driving cars or applications that create new songs, poems, images and even entire movie scripts! The interesting thing about this is that most of these were built using neural networks. Neural networks have been used for a while, but with the rise of Deep Learning, they came back stronger than ever and now are seen as the most advanced technology for data analysis.
One of the biggest problems that I ve seen in students that start learning about neural networks is the lack of easily understandable content. This is due to the fact that the majority of the materials that are available are very technical and apply a lot of mathematical formulas, which simply makes the learning process incredibly difficult for whomever wishes to take their first steps in this field. With this in mind, the main objective of this course is to present the theoretical and mathematical concepts of neural networks in a simple yet thorough way, so even if you know nothing about neural networks, you ll understand all the processes. We ll cover concepts such as perceptrons, activation functions, multilayer networks, gradient descent and backpropagation algorithms, which form the foundations through which you will understand fully how a neural network is made. We ll also cover the implementations on a step–by–step basis using Python, which is one of the most popular programming languages in the field of Data Science. It s important to highlight that the step–by–step implementations will be done without using Machine Learning–specific Python libraries, because the idea behind this course is for you to understand how to do all the calculations necessary in order to build a neural network from scratch.
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