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How you can stay up to date with your #AI and #MachineLearning knowledge

 

Andrew Ng is a great fan of reading research papers as a long term investment in your own study (On Life, Creativity, And Failure about Andrew Ng). Anyone who has worked in our field (AI, Machine Learning) can attest to that. AI is a complex and a rapidly evolving field. It’s a challenge to stay up to date with the latest technical details.

 

Based on my experience, in this post, I discuss how you can stay up to date by learning from the community.  From a personal perspective, I work in two niche areas – Enterprise AI and my teaching for AI and IoT at the University of Oxford.  

 

My strategy for personal investment in my study is:   to study a broad set of topics in the following four categories:

 

  1. Tutorials and Github
  2. Leaders and networks
  3. Deep Learning papers
  4. Interview questions

 

I have tried to create a concise list below which should give you depth for AI and Deep Learning.  This list also reflects my personal study bias (for example Python) – hence is not comprehensive.  

 

I am thankful to all the people/sources listed here for their willingness to share insights which have helped my own learning over the years

 

Tutorials and Github

Tutorials and Github are a terrific way to stay up to speed with code.

 

Here are my favourites

Sebastian Raschka  is a friend and has a great repository Sebastian Raschka  github

relating to one of the best known books on Python Machine Learning and Deep Learning with Python

 

Jason Brownlee when I started with Data Science, Jason’s books were my earliest resource. They are both easy to follow and detailed 

 

Towards Data Science The TDS community is a recent favourite. I also support them on patreon. They come up with a lot of detailed posts like Cheat sheet on reinforcement learning  federated learning

 

Manohar Swamynathan’s github repository based on his book Mastering Machine Learning Python in 6 easy steps  manohar swamynathan. I like this approach because its based on lots of small programs which you can use to learn. 

 

Analytics Vidhya is based out of India and produces a great set of resources. The AV community also maintains Best machine learning github repositories and reddit threads

Pradeep Menon’s blog/tutorial on Data Science central another great resource from an introductory maths perspective

 

Leaders and Networks

The people listed in this section are leaders in Data Science but also in some cases, lead major communities. Hence, you can get posts from the communities also by following them.

 

Brandon Rohrer    I have known Brandon since his days at Microsoft and follow his work at Facebook. Brandon is always free with sharing very detailed insights – and this post from his Microsoft days still remains a favourite - Which algorithm family can answer my question

 

Vincent Granville     heads Data Science Central. DSC maintains a great repositories of resources and also a set of good introductory primers ex primer on GANs

 

Matthew Mayo  and Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro    of kdnuggets one of the best known sites for Data Science

Favio vazquez and Randy lao  are both insightful and motivating often sharing individual experiences

 

Dr Kirk Borne  I have followed Kirk from his days at NASA and now with Booz Allen Hamilton. Kirk shares great findings on AI, ML and DL

 

Deep Learning papers

Deep learning papers take a special effort to track because Deep Learning changes rapidly, sometimes  radically so  

DL papers are hard to keep track of

Here are some resources I follow

Terry Taewoong Um   maintains a list of Awesome deep learning papers

There is a well known Reddit thread on What deep learning papers should I implement

eric-feuilleaubois  ,  Rudi Agovic , Dr Charles Martin    are all prolific and insightful with an emphasis on Deep Learning

Shlomo Kashani  posts about Deep learning in Bioinformatics

 

Interview questions

Interview questions can be a great resource to learn

Here is my favourite resource semanti.ca blog on machine learning interview questions

via Andriy burkov. Andriy needs a category on his own! A must follow for a wide range of AI / ML topics and also a great sense of humour and perspective

 

To conclude, this list is not complete. Happy to add any suggestions. But it’s a challenge to keep the list both concise and insightful

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Comment by ajit jaokar on August 7, 2018 at 10:40pm

and also 2 min paper challenge

Comment by ajit jaokar on August 7, 2018 at 10:31pm

many thanks Jessica! agree re Siraj

Comment by Jessica Tanon on August 7, 2018 at 9:42pm

Good morning !

Thanks for the post, it's very helpful, and this is a spot on topic !

I'm also going to suggest, for anyone interested, two Youtube resources I find helpful:

Siraj Raval on Youtube : very smart, lots of AI and ML topics, always introduced with a lot of humour. If you're into memes and the Internet culture, this guy is for you !

If you're always short of time, then try the Two Minutes Paper channel. They always come up with a very clear summary of the latest AI papers.

If I think of any other Youtube resources, I'll add them !

Thanks again for the insightful blog post !

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