Learning Deep Learning

Theory and Practice of Neural Networks, Computer Vision, NLP, and Transformers using TensorFlow
by Magnus Ekman
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4.53/5 on Goodreads
ISBN 9780137470358
Published in 2021
752 pages
Addison-Wesley Professional


Deep learning (DL) is a key component of today's exciting advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence. Learning Deep Learning is a complete guide to DL. Illuminating both the core concepts and the hands-on programming techniques needed to succeed, this book is ideal for developers, data scientists, analysts, and others--including those with no prior machine learning or statistics experience.

After introducing the essential building blocks of deep neural networks, such as artificial neurons and fully connected, convolutional, and recurrent layers, Magnus Ekman shows how to use them to build advanced architectures, including the Transformer. He describes how these concepts are used to build modern networks for computer vision and natural language processing (NLP), including Mask R-CNN, GPT, and BERT. And he explains how a natural language translator and a system generating natural language descriptions of images.

Throughout, Ekman provides concise, well-annotated code examples using TensorFlow with Keras. Corresponding PyTorch examples are provided online, and the book thereby covers the two dominating Python libraries for DL used in industry and academia. He concludes with an introduction to neural architecture search (NAS), exploring important ethical issues and providing resources for further learning.

  • Explore and master core concepts: perceptrons, gradient-based learning, sigmoid neurons, and back propagation
  • See how DL frameworks make it easier to develop more complicated and useful neural networks
  • Discover how convolutional neural networks (CNNs) revolutionize image classification and analysis
  • Apply recurrent neural networks (RNNs) and long short-term memory (LSTM) to text and other variable-length sequences
  • Master NLP with sequence-to-sequence networks and the Transformer architecture
  • Build applications for natural language translation and image captioning

NVIDIA's invention of the GPU sparked the PC gaming market. The company's pioneering work in accelerated computing--a supercharged form of computing at the intersection of computer graphics, high-performance computing, and AI--is reshaping trillion-dollar industries, such as transportation, healthcare, and manufacturing, and fueling the growth of many others.