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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.