Tips for strengthening your understanding of a difficult concept

(originally posted March 17th, 2019)

Backpropagation is a hard concept to learn, and so are many ideas in programming and math. Maybe you read an article about it and still feel like you just don’t get it. That’s normal. A good…


How tuning a neural network is like tuning a synthesizer

(originally posted April 6th, 2019)

When I’m making decisions about hyperparameter settings for a neural network (batch size, learning rate, number of layers, size of each layer), I’m reminded of what it was like when I started making electronic music…


Creating a full web app for my fantasy name generator

(originally posted February 10th, 2019)

This week I was able to build a web app with my TensorFlow name generator and put it online using GitHub’s Pages feature. Since I ended last week with a functioning model in Python and…


Porting my PyTorch name generator to TensorFlowJS

(originally posted February 3rd, 2019)

My goal this week was to translate my PyTorch implementation of a name generator into TensorFlow, one of the other most popular deep learning frameworks for Python. TensorFlow has a high level interface called Keras that lets you…


Improving my PyTorch fantasy name generator

(originally posted January 20th, 2019)

This week I returned to my fantasy name generation app to make some improvements. These included adjusting the app so it could generate names of varying lengths, adding tests to make sure all the functions were doing the right…


Using PyTorch and a list of baby names as data

(originally posted January 6th, 2019)

My first NLP project is a generator of first names for fiction writers, especially for the fantasy genre. Coming up with fantasy names can be hard because a good name should seem unusual but familiar…

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I write about machine learning, natural language processing, and learning in general.

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