Nelson's log

TensorFlow introduction

I spent a couple of hours kicking the tires on TensorFlow, mostly working through the Getting Started docs. Which are excellent, btw. Here’s some things I learned. These are all super basic, undergrad level things. The real stuff requires more time to get to.

At the end of the tutorial all I’d done was train a very simple linear regression model to some toy one dimensional data. But I sort of understand how the parts fit together now. I’m impressed with how well crafted those parts are, Google has put a whole lot of effort into packaging and presenting TensorFlow so folks like us can use it. It’s impressive.

The next step in the tutorials is to train a simple handwriting recognizer. I did that from scratch in Ng’s course, will be fun to revisit it with a high level toolkit.