Workshop announcement Because this year’s UseR 2020 in Munich couldn’t happen as an in-person event, I will be giving my workshop on Deep Learning with Keras and TensorFlow as an online event on Thursday, 8th of October (13:00 UTC / 15:00 CEST) You can register for FREE via Eventbrite. Deep learning is an artificial intelligence that mimics the workings of a human brain in processing different data, creating patterns and interpreting information that is used for decision making.

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I have been working with Keras for a while now, and I’ve also been writing quite a few blogposts about it; the most recent one being an update to image classification using TF 2.0. However, in my blogposts I have always been using Keras sequential models and never shown how to use the Functional API. The reason is that the Functional API is usually applied when building more complex models, like multi-input or multi-output models.

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Recently, I have been getting a few comments on my old article on image classification with Keras, saying that they are getting errors with the code. And I have also gotten a few questions about how to use a Keras model to predict on new images (of different size). Instead of replying to them all individually, I decided to write this updated version using recent Keras and TensorFlow versions (all package versions and system information can be found at the bottom of this article, as usual).

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Baby Weight Shiny app

Alright, this is it: I am officially back! :-D I have not written any blogposts for over a year. Last year, I had the cutest baby boy and ever since then, I did not get around to doing much coding. One of the reasons was that, unfortunately, we did not have the easiest of starts with the little one. Feeding problems led to weight gain problems, so we had to weigh him regularly.

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In our next MünsteR R-user group meetup on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019, we will have two exciting talks about Word2Vec Text Mining & Parallelization in R! You can RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/de-DE/Munster-R-Users-Group/events/262236134/ Thorben Hellweg will talk about Parallelization in R. More information tba! Maren Reuter from viadee AG will give an introduction into the functionality and use of the Word2Vec algorithm in R. Text data in its raw form cannot be used as input for machine learning algorithms.

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Today, I am finally getting around to writing this very sad blog post: Before you take my DataCamp course please consider the following information about the sexual harassment scandal surrounding DataCamp! UPDATE from April 26th: Yesterday, DataCamp’s CEO Jonathan Cornelissen issued an apology statement and the DataCamp Board of Directors wrote an update about the situation and next steps (albeit somewhat vague) they are planning to take in order to address the situation.

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This spring, I’ll be giving talks at a couple of Meetups and conferences: March, 26th: At the data lounge Bremen, I’ll be talking about Explainable Machine Learning April, 11th: At the Data Science Meetup Bielefeld, I’ll be talking about Building Interpretable Neural Networks with Keras and LIME May, 14th: At the M3 conference in Mannheim, a colleague and I will give our workshop on building production-ready machine learning models with Keras, Luigi, DVC and TensorFlow Serving

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Dr. Shirin Elsinghorst

Biologist turned Bioinformatician turned Data Scientist

Data Scientist

Münster, Germany