Recommendation Engine via Deep Learning

Have been reading research work for recommendation engine, specifically that can be used to do better news/blog recommendations.

Links on work in this area including open source code.

Fundamental Building Blocks
Recommendation Systems
  • Subreddit recommendation. RNN based, does not use content.

Deep Learning Image Recognition and Detection on iOS Camera Using tensorflow

Classification on iOS

Just ran first ran deep learning model with the camera app example. Pretty good image recognition!!

Detection on iOS

The next level is object detection, i.e creating a bounding box around detected image.

Image classification iOS camera using deep learning

image detection using deep learning put a bounding box

image detection using deep learning put a bounding box

Naveed’s favorite Deep Learning papers

Deep learning is progressing rapidly. There is a new interesting research paper every other week. This is a list of essential deep learning research by categories.



Convolution Neural Networks (CNN)

These are the recent advances for CNN, original was Lecun-5 in the 98 paper mentioned above .

Image Detection

Finding a bounding box around different objects is harder than simply classifying an image. This a class of image localization and detection problems.

Generative Adversarial Neural Networks

One of the hottest areas of research. This is a class of algorithms where 2 neural networks collaborate to generate e.g. realistic images. One network produces fake images (faker), and the other network learns to decipher fake from real (detective). Both networks compete with each  other and try to be good at their jobs, till the faker is so good that it can generate realistic images. Fake it till you make it!

Semi Supervised Learning

Getting labeled data is expensive, while unlabeled data is abundant. Techniques to use little bit of training data and lots of unlabeled data.

Visual Question Answering / Reasoning

Research on being able to ask question on images. e.g. asking if there are there more blue balls than yellow about an image.

Neural Style

Being able to take a picture and a style image e.g. a painting, and redraw the picture in the painting style. See my blog on painting like Picaso.

Recurrent Neural Networks (RNN)


This is area of unsupervised learning. An auto encoder is a neural network that tries to recreate the original image. e.g. give it any picture and it will try to recreate the same image. Why would anyone want to do that. The neural network tries to learn a condensed representation of images given that there are commonalities. Auto encoders can be used to pre train a neural network with unlabeled data.

Visualizing High Dimensional Data

Text Recognition

Neural Programming

Neural Physics

CatGAN – Cat Faces Generative Adversarial Networks Conditional GAN Using Pytorch

Released CatGan code. This was done as last assignment for NYU Deep Learning course, taught by Yann Lecun. This is a conditional GAN, and can train it to generate 4 different types of cats i.e. white, golden, black and mix.

The following is output conditioned on golden cats. By favorite one is 3rd one from the right in the first row. Everytime the GAN is run it will generate unique cats like these. For more cats visit the github page.

Golden Cats from CatGAN

Golden Cats from CatGAN



PyTorch Deep Learning Neural Network and Chain Rule Tutorial

I have release ipython tutorial notebooks for neural network  using pytorch. Pytorch is implementation of torch in python released by Facebook. This is what is being used in the Deep Learning course that I am taking at NYU, taught by professor Yann Lecun

This uses the autograd feature that is unique to pytoch and torch (not available in tensorflow). This is pytorch version of cs231n


Deep Learning Courses Free / Paid

Have been researching what are available options for taking a deep learning course living in NY/NJ. I have already taken most of the free content cs231n, machine learning coursera, udacity. Looking into either NYU or Stanford for an official course for Winter 2017.

Free online courses

Paid courses