In this chapter, we have introduced some of the features and operations of PyTorch. We gave an overview of the installation platforms and procedures. You have hopefully gained some knowledge of tensor operations and how to perform them in PyTorch. You should be clear about the distinction between in place and by assignment operations and should also now understand the fundamentals of indexing and slicing tensors. In the second half of this chapter, we looked at loading data into PyTorch. We discussed the importance of data and how to create a dataset object to represent custom datasets. We looked at the inbuilt data loaders in PyTorch and discussed representing data in folders using the ImageFolder object. Finally, we looked at how to concatenate datasets.
In the next chapter, we will take a whirlwind tour of deep learning fundamentals and their place in the machine learning landscape. We will get you up to speed with the mathematical concepts involved, including looking at linear systems and common techniques for solving them.