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Practical Convolutional Neural Networks

By : Mohit Sewak, Md. Rezaul Karim, Pradeep Pujari
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Practical Convolutional Neural Networks

By: Mohit Sewak, Md. Rezaul Karim, Pradeep Pujari

Overview of this book

Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) is revolutionizing several application domains such as visual recognition systems, self-driving cars, medical discoveries, innovative eCommerce and more.You will learn to create innovative solutions around image and video analytics to solve complex machine learning and computer vision related problems and implement real-life CNN models. This book starts with an overview of deep neural networkswith the example of image classification and walks you through building your first CNN for human face detector. We will learn to use concepts like transfer learning with CNN, and Auto-Encoders to build very powerful models, even when not much of supervised training data of labeled images is available. Later we build upon the learning achieved to build advanced vision related algorithms for object detection, instance segmentation, generative adversarial networks, image captioning, attention mechanisms for vision, and recurrent models for vision. By the end of this book, you should be ready to implement advanced, effective and efficient CNN models at your professional project or personal initiatives by working on complex image and video datasets.
Table of Contents (11 chapters)

To get the most out of this book

This book is focused on building CNNs with Python programming language. We have used Python version 2.7 (2x) to build various applications and the open source and enterprise-ready professional software using Python, Spyder, Anaconda, and PyCharm. Many of the examples are also compatible with Python 3x. As a good practice, we encourage users to use Python virtual environments for implementing these codes.

We focus on how to utilize various Python and deep learning libraries (Keras, TensorFlow, and Caffe) in the best possible way to build real-world applications. In that spirit, we have tried to keep all of the code as friendly and readable as possible. We feel that this will enable our readers to easily understand the code and readily use it in different scenarios.

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Conventions used

There are a number of text conventions used throughout this book.

CodeInText: Indicates code words in text, database table names, folder names, filenames, file extensions, pathnames, dummy URLs, user input, and Twitter handles. Here is an example: "Mount the downloaded WebStorm-10*.dmg disk image file as another disk in your system."

A block of code is set as follows:

import tensorflow as tf

#Creating TensorFlow object 
hello_constant = tf.constant('Hello World!', name = 'hello_constant')
#Creating a session object for execution of the computational graph
with tf.Session() as sess:

When we wish to draw your attention to a particular part of a code block, the relevant lines or items are set in bold:

x = tf.subtract(1, 2,name=None) # -1
y = tf.multiply(2, 5,name=None) # 10

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