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Deep Learning: A Practitioner's Approach

By Adam Gibson and Josh Patterson

Authors Adam Gibson and Josh Patterson provide theory on deep learning before introducing their open-source Deeplearning4j (DL4J) library for developing production-class workflows. Through real-world examples, you’ll learn methods and strategies for training deep network architectures and running deep learning workflows on Spark and Hadoop with DL4J.

Although interest in machine learning has reached a high point, lofty expectations often scuttle projects before they get very far. How can machine learning—especially deep neural networks—make a real difference in your organization? This hands-on guide not only provides the most practical information available on the subject, but also helps you get started building efficient deep learning networks.

Key learning objectives:

  • Dive into machine learning concepts in general, as well as deep learning in particular
  • Understand how deep networks evolved from neural network fundamentals
  • Explore the major deep network architectures, including Convolutional and Recurrent
  • Learn how to map specific deep networks to the right problem
  • Walk through the fundamentals of tuning general neural networks and specific deep network architectures
  • Use vectorization techniques for different data types with DataVec, DL4J’s workflow tool
  • Learn how to use DL4J natively on Spark and Hadoop