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Purdue University

Introduction to Deep Learning

Purdue University via edX


This 3-credit-hour, 16-week course covers the fundamentals of deep learning. Students will gain a principled understanding of the motivation, justification, and design considerations of the deep neural network approach to machine learning and will complete hands-on projects using TensorFlow and Keras.


Module 1: Introduction to Deep Feedforward Networks

    • Gradient-based learning
    • Sigmoidal output units
    • Back propagation

Module 2: Regularization for Deep Learning

    • Regularization strategies
    • Noise injection
    • Ensemble methods
    • Dropout

Module 3: Optimization for Training Deep Models

    • Optimization algorithms: Gradient, Hessian-Free, Newton
    • Momentum
    • Batch normalization

Module 4: Convolutional Neural Networks

    • Convolutional kernels
    • Downsampled convolution
    • Zero padding
    • Backpropagating convolution

Module 5: Recurrent Neural Networks

    • Recurrence relationship & recurrent networks
    • Long short-term memory (LSTM)
    • Back propagation through time (BPTT)
    • Gated and simple recurrent units
    • Neural Turing machine (NTM)

Taught by

Aly El Gamal


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