Introduction to Python Fundamentals – Lesson 1

It is Thursday morning in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Even though we are still officially in summer, the highs and lows for the days are going down. Hopefully we will have at least two more months of decent weather to walk outside.

As I mentioned in the last posts, we are going to start solving problems in Python. According to the PYPL Index, for results collected in August 2021, the most popular programming language is Python with a share of 31.47%. Java is second with a 19.14% share.

According to the IEEE Spectrum article “Top Programming Languages 2021 Python dominates as the de facto platform for new technologies” Python is number 1. I guess it is time to start solving problems in Python. In our next post I will start solving easy problems. We will then progress to medium and hard.

As you might already know, I like to refresh on tools I will be using. I decided to start watching “Introduction to Python Fundamentals: Lesson 01” by Paul Deitel published by Pearson Education, Inc. Since I am a member of the ACM (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_for_Computing_Machinery) I have access to O’Reilly titles. If you work developing software, I strongly recommend you joining the ACM. They provide a wealth of information at your fingertips. For example, earlier today I attended the webinar “Quantum Computational Supremacy” by Scott Aaronson. I do not work with quantum computers, but enjoy learning about the technology. If you have a chance, watch the recording of the webinar which should be available in a few days.

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Logistic Regression with a Neural Network mindset

It is a very snowy day in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Schools are closed due to the amount of snow and low visibility. It started snowing earlier this morning and according to forecast, it should end around 09:00 PM this evening. We have already surpassed the snow amount for February according to records that go back over a century. We will be receiving more snow in the upcoming days. Will see if we set other new records.

In this post I will cover a logistic regression implementation used to determine if pictures contain a cat or not. The code is based on an edited assignment for Coursera Neural Networks and Deep Learning. Continue reading “Logistic Regression with a Neural Network mindset”

Broadcasting in Numpy

Broadcasting is a feature of Python and Numpy. When one is performing array operations, in some cases the shapes of the arguments do not match. The good and bad thing is that Python assumes what you want to happen and does it. In most cases the results are fine, but on occasions Python might do something that you are not expecting. This post discusses to some degree what is broadcasting. The idea is that we will be using it in a future post when doing some regressions for image recognition. Continue reading “Broadcasting in Numpy”

Numpy Vectorization – Revisited

It is the last Sunday in January 2019 and is relatively cold in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The computerized mercury scale indicates -12F not taking into account wind. As usual, get up before 05:00 AM and get in my first 2 hour block of Deep Work. I am in the process of reviewing the last course I took on neural networks and deep learning. Continue reading “Numpy Vectorization – Revisited”

Numpy Vectorization

As you may already know, I have been taking several AI / ML related courses. I am a firm believer in always keep on learning. Some time ago I read a report about people in the USA reading books. The statistic that called my attention was:  42% of college graduates never read another book after college. That seems to me quite disturbing. Another statistic is:  57% of new books are not read to completion. To this indicates that a) readers are not committed to learning and / or books are getting worse. Continue reading “Numpy Vectorization”

Using Docker – Installation

If you follow me on Twitter (@john_canessa) you have noticed that in the past couple months or so I have been posting tweets regarding articles in Medium. The site is geared to creating posts which you could do using your own web site (e.g., www.johncanessa.com). The beauty is that many talented individuals in different fields are posting there. The site organizes them by categories and presents the articles indicating the estimated reading time. One of these days I will probably start posting there. Continue reading “Using Docker – Installation”