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When & Where
Date: 
Wed, February 26, 2020 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: 
D-Lab Convening Room
Description
Type: 

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 3 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: D-Lab's Python for Everything or R Fundamentals and an interest in machine learning.

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

 

Primary Tool: 
Python
Details
Training Host: 
D-lab Facilitator: 
Evan Muzzall
Format Detail: 
Hands-on, interactive
Participant Technology Requirement: 
Laptop

Intermediate to Advanced Competency

These workshops assume that participants have sufficient coding or tool experience to learn a highly focused topic. 

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