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These are materials I use for various classes on deep learning. Each file is a self contained unit that demonstrates a specific thing. Downloading or cloning this repository before class is a great way to follow along.

Reusing the materials

Please feel free to use these materials for your own classes/projects etc. If you do that, I would love it if you sent me a message and let me know what you're up to.


You can find video overviews of a lot of the material at


These classes are intended for people who are comfortable wirth python.

Reading material for people who haven't done a lot of programming

If you are uncomfortable opening up a terminal, I strongly recommend doing a quick tutorial before you take this class. Setting up your machine can be painful but once you're setup you can get a ton out of the class. I recommend getting started ahead of time.

If you're on Windows I recommend checking out

If you're on a Mac check out

If you're on linux, you're probably already reasonably well setup :).

If you run into trouble, the book Learn Python the Hard Way has installation steps in great detail: It also has a refresher on using a terminal in the appendix.

Reading material for people who are comfortable with programming, but haven't done a lot of python

If you are comfortable opening up a terminal but want a python intro/refresher check out for a really nice introduction to Python.

Suggestions for people who have done a lot of programming in python

A lot of people like to follow along with ipython or jupyter notebooks and I think that's great! It makes data exploration easier. I also really appreciate pull requests to make the code clearer.

If you've never used pandas or numpy - they are great tools and I use them heavily in my work and for this class. I assume no knlowedge of pandas and numpy but you may want to do some learning on your own. You can get a quick overview of pandas at There is a great overview of numpy at


I recommend running this code in a pre-configured environment. You can rent an AWS EC2 node with any of the "Deep Learning" AMIs from or a GCP instance.

Once you have a cloud machine setup run:

pip install -r requirements.txt

You can also install this class locally, but it may be trickier.



Install git:


Install anaconda

Try running the following from the command prompt:

python --version

You should see something like

Python 3.6.1 :: Anaconda 4.4.0 (64-bit)

If don't see "Anaconda" in the output, search for "anaconda prompt" from the start menu and enter your command prompt this way. It's also best to use a virtual environment to keep your packages silo'ed. Do so with:

conda create -n ml-class python=3.6
activate ml-class

Whenever you start a new terminal, you will need to call activate ml-class.

Common problems

The most common problem is an old version of python. Its easy to have multiple versions of python installed at once and Macs in particular come with a default version of python that is too old to install tensorflow.

Try running:

python --version

If your version is less than 2.7.12, you have a version issue. Try reinstalling python 2.

Clone this github repository

git clone
cd ml-class


pip install wandb
conda install -c conda-forge scikit-learn
conda install -c conda-forge tensorflow
conda install -c conda-forge keras

Linux and Mac OS X

Install python

You can download python from There are more detailed instructions for windows installation at

The material should work with python 2 or 3. On Windows, you need to install thre 64 bit version of python 3.5 or 3.6 in order to install tensorflow.

Clone this github repository

git clone
cd ml-class

If you get an error message here, most likely you don't have git installed. Go to for intructions on installing git.

Install necessary pip libraries

pip install -r requirements.txt

Check installation

To make sure your installation works go to the directory where this file is and run


You should see the output "Scikit is installed!"


You should see the output "Using TensorFlow backend. Keras is installed!"