PyTorch Basics: Tensors & Gradients
Part 1 of "Deep Learning with Pytorch: Zero to GANs"
This tutorial series is a hands-on beginner-friendly introduction to deep learning using PyTorch, an open-source neural networks library. These tutorials take a practical and coding-focused approach. The best way to learn the material is to execute the code and experiment with it yourself. Check out the full series here:
- PyTorch Basics: Tensors & Gradients
- Gradient Descent & Linear Regression
- Working with Images & Logistic Regression
- Training Deep Neural Networks on a GPU
- Image Classification using Convolutional Neural Networks
- Data Augmentation, Regularization and ResNets
- Generating Images using Generative Adversarial Networks
This tutorial covers the following topics:
- Introductions to PyTorch tensors
- Tensor operations and gradients
- Interoperability between PyTorch and Numpy
- How to use the PyTorch documentation site
If you're just getting started with data science and deep learning, then this tutorial series is for you. You just need to know the following:
- Basic Programming with Python (variables, data types, loops, functions etc.)
- Some high school mathematics (vectors, matrices, derivatives and probability)
- No prior knowledge of data science or deep learning is required
We'll cover any additional mathematical and theoretical concepts we need as we go along.
How to run the code
This tutorial is an executable Jupyter notebook hosted on Jovian (don't worry if these terms seem unfamiliar; we'll learn more about them soon). You can run this tutorial and experiment with the code examples in a couple of ways: using free online resources (recommended) or on your computer.
Option 1: Running using free online resources (1-click, recommended)
The easiest way to start executing the code is to click the Run button at the top of this page and select Run on Colab. Google Colab is a free online platform for running Jupyter notebooks using Google's cloud infrastructure. You can also select "Run on Binder" or "Run on Kaggle" if you face issues running the notebook on Google Colab.
Option 2: Running on your computer locally
To run the code on your computer locally, you'll need to set up Python, download the notebook and install the required libraries. We recommend using the Conda distribution of Python. Click the Run button at the top of this page, select the Run Locally option, and follow the instructions.
Jupyter Notebooks: This tutorial is a Jupyter notebook - a document made of cells. Each cell can contain code written in Python or explanations in plain English. You can execute code cells and view the results, e.g., numbers, messages, graphs, tables, files, etc. instantly within the notebook. Jupyter is a powerful platform for experimentation and analysis. Don't be afraid to mess around with the code & break things - you'll learn a lot by encountering and fixing errors. You can use the "Kernel > Restart & Clear Output" or "Edit > Clear Outputs" menu option to clear all outputs and start again from the top.
Before we begin, we need to install the required libraries. The installation of PyTorch may differ based on your operating system / cloud environment. You can find detailed installation instructions here: https://pytorch.org .