About This Course
**Machine learning** is one of the fastest-growing and most exciting fields out there, and **deep learning** represents its true bleeding edge. In this course, you’ll develop a clear understanding of the motivation for deep learning, and design intelligent systems that learn from complex and/or large-scale datasets. We’ll show you how to train and optimize basic neural networks, convolutional neural networks, and long short term memory networks. Complete learning systems in TensorFlow will be introduced via projects and assignments. You will learn to solve new classes of problems that were once thought prohibitively challenging, and come to better appreciate the complex nature of human intelligence as you solve these same problems effortlessly using deep learning methods. We have developed this course with Vincent Vanhoucke, Principal Scientist at Google, and technical lead in the Google Brain team. ***Note**: This is an intermediate to advanced level course offered as part of the [Machine Learning Engineer Nanodegree](https://www.udacity.com/course/machine-learning-engineer-nanodegree--nd009) program. It assumes you have taken a first course in machine learning, and that you are at least familiar with supervised learning methods.*
Why Take This?
Deep learning methods are becoming exponentially more important due to their demonstrated success at tackling complex learning problems. At the same time, increasing access to high-performance computing resources and state-of-the-art open-source libraries are making it more and more feasible for enterprises, small firms, and individuals to use these methods. Mastering deep learning accordingly positions you at the very forefront of one of the most promising, innovative, and influential emergent technologies, and opens up tremendous new career opportunities. For Data Analysts, Data Scientists, Machine Learning Engineers, and students in a Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence curriculum, this represents a rarefied opportunity to enhance your Machine Learning portfolio with an advanced, yet broadly applicable, collection of vital techniques.
Prerequisites and Requirements
This is an intermediate to advanced level course. Prior to taking this course, and in addition to the prerequisites and requirements outlined for the Machine Learning Engineer Nanodegree program, you should possess the following experience and skills: - Minimum 2 years of programming experience (preferably in Python) - Git and GitHub experience (assignment code is in a GitHub repo) - Basic machine learning knowledge (especially supervised learning) - Basic statistics knowledge (mean, variance, standard deviation, etc.) - Linear algebra (vectors, matrices, etc.) - Calculus (differentiation, integration, partial derivatives, etc.)