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Next Meeting:  May 28, 2015 @ LinkedIn, Mtn. View


Topic: Neural Nets for Newbies


Speaker: Melanie Warrick



"Neural Nets for Newbies" is geared to provide clarity on what neural networks are, how to start using them and why they are valuable -- feature engineering. This talk is targeted to anyone who is passionate about understanding algorithms and code to define and leverage patterns in data.

Neural network algorithms have a wide range of applications that handle complex and tough-to-model data sets. For example, they are extremely popular in image classification (e.g. identifying people, animals or other objects in photos) and were part of the Netflix challenge solution.

In the talk, I will cover a high-level history and breakdown the basic structure of a neural net. I will give an understanding on what to research further to implement a neural net in the real world. I'll list a variety of Python packages that you can use, and I’ll show example Python code for running a simple neural net on your own based on the MNIST dataset (e.g. "hello world" of neural nets). Last, I’ll briefly share where neural nets going in use and impact expectations.


Melanie Warrick is a Deep Learning Engineer at Previous experience included data science and engineering at and a comprehensive consulting career.  I have a passion for working on machine learning problems at scale and AI.

Meeting Schedule:

7:00pm Networking and Dinner (provided by LinkedIn)

7:30pm Presentation


LinkedIn Corporation

2025 Stierlin Court

Mountain View, CA 94043

Meeting Room: Unite


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Special note to presenters using a Mac:

If you will be giving a presentation using a Mac, please bring your own Mac to VGA adapter. LinkedIn does not provide these and this is the one accessory which Mac users sometimes forget to bring.
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