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The Single Responsibility Principle

What is the Single Responsibility Principle? The SRP is often misinterpreted to stipulate that a module should only do one thing. While designing functions only to have one purpose is good software engineering practice, it is not what the single responsibility principle states. In a nutshell, the single responsibility principle is one of the

What is the Best Math Course for Machine Learning

Learning the required mathematics is often perceived as one of the biggest obstacles by people trying to get started in machine learning. Mathematical concepts from linear algebra, statistics, and calculus are foundational to many machine learning algorithms. Luckily, the past several years have seen the proliferation of several online courses and other learning resources.

What is the Sliding Window Algorithm?

The sliding window algorithm is a method for performing operations on sequences such as arrays and strings. By using this method, time complexity can be reduced from O(n3) to O(n2) or from O(n2) to O(n). As the subarray moves from one end of the array to the other, it looks like a sliding window.

Deep Learning Architectures for Object Detection: Yolo vs. SSD vs. RCNN

In this post, we will look at the major deep learning architectures that are used in object detection. We first develop an understanding of the region proposal algorithms that were central to the initial object detection architectures. Then we dive into the architectures of various forms of RCNN, YOLO, and SSD and understand what

Foundations of Deep Learning for Object Detection: From Sliding Windows to Anchor Boxes

In this post, we will cover the foundations of how neural networks learn to localize and detect objects. Object Localization vs. Object Detection Object localization refers to the practice of detecting a single prominent object in an image or a scene, while object detection is about detecting several objects. A neural network can localize

How to Learn Machine Learning: A Guide for Self-Starters

Machine learning has emerged as one of the hottest technology trends. Salaries for skilled machine learning engineers are through the roof, and many companies are unable to fill open positions in the field. Moving into machine learning, therefore, can be a very promising career move. But how difficult is it to get a job

How to Learn TensorFlow Fast: A Learning Roadmap with Resources

TensorFlow is one of the two dominant deep learning frameworks. It is heavily used in industry to build cutting-edge AI applications. While its rival PyTorch has seen an increase in popularity over recent years, TensorFlow is still the dominant framework in industry applications. Most machine learning engineers, especially deep learning engineers, are well-advised to

The Fourier Transform and Its Math Explained From Scratch

In this post we will build the mathematical knowledge for understanding the Fourier Transform from the very foundations. In the first section we will briefly discuss sinusoidal function and complex numbers as they relate to Fourier transforms. Next, we will develop an understanding of Fourier series and how we can approximate periodic functions using

Deep Learning for Semantic Image Segmentation: A Worked Example in TensorFlow

In this post, we will develop a practical understanding of deep learning for image segmentation by building a UNet in TensorFlow and using it to segment images. What is Image Segmentation? Image Segmentation is a technique in digital image processing that describes the process of partitioning an image into sections. Often the goal is

An Introduction to Autoencoders and Variational Autoencoders

What is an Autoencoder? An autoencoder is a neural network trained to compress its input and recreate the original input from the compressed data. This procedure is useful in applications such as dimensionality reduction or file compression where we want to store a version of our data that is more memory efficient or reconstruct