Presented By
O’Reilly + Intel AI
Put AI to Work
April 15-18, 2019
New York, NY

In-Person Training
Natural language processing with deep learning

Delip Rao (R7 Speech Science)
Monday, April 15 & Tuesday, April 16,
9:00am - 5:00pm
Implementing AI, Models and Methods
Location: Midtown Suite
Secondary topics:  Deep Learning and Machine Learning tools, Models and Methods, Text, Language, and Speech

Participants should plan to attend both days of this 2-day training course. To attend training courses, you must register for a Platinum or Training pass; does not include access to tutorials on Tuesday.

Delip Rao explores natural language processing with deep learning, walking you through neural network architectures and NLP tasks and teaching you how to apply these architectures for those tasks.

What you'll learn, and how you can apply it

  • Understand basic concepts in natural language processing (NLP) and deep learning
  • Learn a hands-on approach to framing a real-world problem to the underlying NLP task and building a solution using deep learning


  • A working knowledge of Python and the command line
  • Familiarity with precalc math (multiply matrices, dot products of vectors, etc.) and derivatives of simple functions (If you are new to linear algebra, this video course is handy.)
  • A general understanding of machine learning (setting up experiments, evaluation, etc.) (useful but not required)

Hardware and/or installation requirements:

A laptop with the PyTorch environment set up (If you have trouble following the provided instructions or if you find any mistakes, please file an issue here.)

Natural language processing (NLP) involves the application of machine learning and other statistical techniques to derive insights from human language. With large volumes of data exchanged as text (in the form of documents, tweets, email, chat, and so on), NLP techniques are indispensable to modern intelligent applications. The applications range from enterprise to pedestrian.

Delip Rao explores natural language processing with deep learning, walking you through neural network architectures and NLP tasks and teaching you how to apply these architectures for those tasks.


Day 1

Environment setup and data download


  • Introduction to supervised learning
  • Introduction to computational graphs
  • Introduction to NLP and NLP tasks

Representations for words: Word embeddings

  • Overview of embeddings
  • Hands-on exercise: Word analogy problems

Deep learning frameworks

  • Static versus dynamic
  • PyTorch basics
  • Hands-on exercise: PyTorch

Feed-forward networks for NLP

  • Multilayer perceptrons
  • Hands-on exercise: Chinese document classification

Modeling subword units with convolutional networks

  • Hands-on exercise: Classifying names to ethnicities

Day 2

Sequence modeling

  • Basics of modeling sequences
  • Representing sequences as tensors

Recurrent neural networks (RNNs) to model sequences

  • Basic concepts
  • Hands-on exercise: Language modeling using a character RNN
  • Gated variants (LSTM and GRU)
  • Structural variants (bidirectional, stacked, and tree)

Structured prediction methods

  • Greedy selection
  • Monte Carlo methods
  • Beam search
  • Viterbi decoding
  • Hands-on exercise: Generating sentences from a character RNN


  • Basic concepts
  • Applications: Context-aware modeling

From sequence models to sequence-to-sequence models

  • Basic ideas
  • Applications: Translation and summarization

Advanced topics

  • Memory networks
  • Convolutions for sequence modeling
  • Transfer learning
  • Multitask learning

DL modeling for common NLP tasks

  • Language modeling
  • POS tagging
  • Chunking
  • NER
  • Parsing
  • Machine translation
  • Summarization
  • Generation

Choose your own adventure

  • Hands-on exercise: Work with an NLP problem end-to-end from a selection of problems

DL for NLP: Best practices

Wrap-up and Q&A

  • When to use deep learning for NLP
  • When not to use deep learning for NLP

About your instructor

Photo of Delip Rao

Delip Rao is the founder of R7 Speech Science, a San Francisco-based company focused on building innovative products on spoken conversations. Previously, Delip was the founder of Joostware, which specialized in consulting and building IP in natural language processing and deep learning. Delip is a well-cited researcher in natural language processing and machine learning and has worked at Google Research, Twitter, and Amazon (Echo) on various NLP problems. He is interested in building cost-effective, state-of-the-art AI solutions that scale well. Delip has an upcoming book on NLP and deep learning from O’Reilly.

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02/22/2019 11:52am EST

what background do I need? I am a software engineering manager. Do I only need basics of Python? I don’t have much background in ML