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When & Where
Thu, April 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Barrows 356: D-Lab Convening Room

This workshop introduces Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs), a group of popular machine learning algorithms. No prior knowledge is required, though previous experience with other machine learning algorithms would be helpful. The workshop will be divided into three parts:

  1.  A brief history of ANNs and an explanation of the intuition behind them. This part aims to give the audience a conceptual understanding with few mathematical barriers, and no programming requirements.
  2. Step-by-step construction of a very basic ANN. Although the code will be written in Python, it will be intuitive enough for programmers of other languages to follow along. 
  3. Using the popular Python library scikit-learn, an ANN will be implemented on a classification problem. High-level libraries reduce the work for a researcher implementing ANN down to tuning a set of parameters, which will be explained in this part.

Prior knowledge: This workshop assumes familiarity with programming and an interested in machine learning. Completeion of D-Lab's Python FUN!damentals or R FUN!damentals workshop series will be sufficient.

Technology requirement: To follow along in parts 2 and 3, it is suggested to install Python via Anaconda. Instructions can be found here.


Training Host: 
D-lab Facilitator: 
Jon Stiles
Format Detail: 
Interactive, hands-on
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