Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
TensorFlow for Machine Intelligence: A Hands-On Introduction to Learning Algorithms Paperback – November 10, 2016
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The good: Overall I found the book to be very accessible and an easy introduction to Tensorflow. It takes its time to explain key TF concepts and how they work in the context of machine learning. Examples are good and accessible.
The bad: Did they forget to proof read the book? On page 96 there's a section called "Logging with TensorBoard" but there's no actual text in that section, just the heading. They keep referring to colors in graphs (blue lines, red dots, etc.) but the book is printed in black and white. There are typos and incomplete sentences everywhere.
This book isn't an introduction to deep learning though and I don't think it even tries to do that. It presents whatever material is required for us to get off the ground with tensorflow and nothing more. I like that because it doesn't deviate from its main purpose.
It's not a book yet. It will probably be a good book at some point, but that point is not now.
The first few chapters "work". I was able to work through them and everything came out just like it should have. With chapter 5, that completely stopped.
At a high level, what's going on for me is that the examples stopped being self-contained. They don't really tell you where to initialize tf sessions, where to initialize the variables, etc. They just give you code that is supposed to somehow work (but doesn't).
I've spent many hours trying to figure this out. From the point labeled "convert images to TFRecords" and forward, I just can't get anything to happen. I've tried typing everything into python and running it, both with a tensorflow session and without. I've tried running code I downloaded with jupyter and ipython. I just get a bunch of complaints about widgets being unavailable, kernels not existing, and notebooks not being trusted. I've installed a ton of stuff (ipython, jupyter, widgetsnbextension and ipywidgets, for starters) and nothing helps. I've looked at the various manual pages for tensorflow, and that doesn't help, either.
I suspect that if I already knew tensorflow, I would be able to stagger through this. But I don't (that's why I bought the book!), and this book truly isn't helping.