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Practical Deep Learning For Coders via Independent


This 7-week course is designed for anyone with at least a year of coding experience, and some memory of high-school math. You will start with step one—learning how to get a GPU server online suitable for deep learning—and go all the way through to creating state of the art, highly practical, models for computer vision, natural language processing, and recommendation systems. There are around 20 hours of lessons, and you should plan to spend around 10 hours a week for 7 weeks to complete the material. The course is based on lessons recorded during the first certificate course at The Data Institute at USF. Part 2 will be taught at the Data Institute from Feb 27, 2017, and will be available online around May 2017.


  1. Recognizing cats and dogs
  2. Convolutional neural networks
  3. Why deep learning. Intro to convolutions
  4. CNN architecture basics. Avoiding over and under-fitting
  5. CNN/SGD in Excel. Pseudo-labeling. Collaborative filtering
  6. Intro to NLP, keras functional API, and RNNs
  7. Embeddings in Excel. Building RNNs
  8. Exotic CNN architecures. RNN from scratch

Taught by

Jeremy Howard


4.1 rating, based on 7 Class Central reviews

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  • Eric Perbos
    I've seen many different Machine Learning courses from "big-league" Udacity/Coursera & co to small YouTube players like SentDex or Siraj_Raval. Also completed the Udacity Data Analyst nanodegree with a Machine Learning module taught by a Google Brai…
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    Cyril Olivieri
    I personaly think that it is not as great as people say it is. I have taken the famous machine learning class on coursera to get a good base from where I could go into practice. So I have a good basic understanding of the theory. So I went for this one for practice but so far I am disapointed because nothing is never clearly explained. I end up spending a huge amount of time to fill the holes. In one word: NOT CLEAR and confusing. I move on...
  • Mark
    Extremely difficult to get install up and working. There are many "known issues" with the install video tutorial, but the video hasn't been remade and the known issues aren't collected in one place, resulting in hours wasted, scouring the forums to get install working. Speaking of the forums, the organization of threads is poor and no one seems to be monitoring the forums for new questions -- most of my questions went unanswered. I have had much better luck with other online classes where people are moving through as a cohort and so are reading and answering each other's questions on the same week's content. There may be great material in here, but the barrier to entry is too high. I was forced to give up after week one.
  • The only course that takes this code-centric approach to deep learning. Highly recommended for anyone who don't understand intuitions from mathematical formulae.
  • Anonymous
    This is really a hidden gem in a field that rapidly growing. Jeremy Howard does an excellent job of both walking through the basics (going as far as to prototype Stochastic Gradient Descent algorithms in Excel), and presenting state of the art res…
  • Anonymous
    The best deep-learning course out there for real practitioners. It's in a league of it's own. Almost no other course shows the actual code needed to create a real deep-learning project. Other courses teach you from a power-point presentation and…
  • Satish Kottapalli
    I haven't found a better course for hands on deep learning. Jeremy covers all the practical aspects of DL, and covers the theoretical aspects without being intimidating. Highly recommended. Especially for people without heavy ML/DL background, but would like to incorporate the latest DL techniques in their domain

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