Our study group has just finished reading the chapters of fastbook, and are now moving into
The Matrix Calculus you need for Deep Learning. We meet Wednesdays 6-9pm PST on the official discord server: Discord / live coding details (under ‘fastai study groups’)
While it seems difficult, most the the prerequisite math will be covered in the next study group. You will be ahead of the game if you know what ‘partial derivative’ means. Knowing what a ‘derivative’ is should suffice. I would suggest trying to look up the meaning of derivative, I have heard Khan University is good. If you are overwhelmed at the next meeting, I can hold a follow up session to catch you up.
We expect to get through sections 1-4 next week, reading from 6:15-8:30, and everyone is asked to come up with three questions as they read. In the last 30 minutes the group will go round robin asking their a single one of the three questions, and letting the group try to answer. If there is time remaining we will try to answer any remaining questions.
Link to the paper: https://arxiv.org/abs/1802.01528
Up Next: After the above paper we will be reading Ian Goodfellow’s “Deep Learning Book” (https://www.deeplearningbook.org/)
You may find out more about what we have done previously here: [Unofficial, Virtual] SF/Bay Area Study Group