This covers my work on the third lesson of the Fast AI course. Initial setup involved downloading a dataset from Kaggle which was a pain as the Jupyter notebook for the course doens’t allow you to run everything from it, often resulting in tedious copy/pasting shell commands over to my GCloud instance:
Only later did I realize that Jupyter supports shell execution via the exclamation point. So I should have been uncommenting the code, but leaving the ‘!’ behind. D’oh!
Working with Data
The instructor covered the usefulness of the datablock API in FastAI. The method chaining offered by Python was used to good effect, resulting in terse but understandable data manipulation.
Even Python’s support for partials came in handy here.
Classification and Segmentation
Moving beyond the binary labelling of the previous class, learning was performed to use multiple labels. In the case of the satellite images, labels included agricultural land, forested, roads, etc.
Moving onto the next image set, the instructor showed that labels can actually be in the form of color-coding objects (via segmentation mask) on an image. As before the learner was run,
This class provided some good approaches to classification, re-iterating the importance of carefully selecting a workable learning rate during training. In particular, he emphasized how initially selecting a high learning rates, followed by lowering of the rate during later training results in better model generalizations.