In this modern age, technology is one of the top industries that continue to thrive and make money. And sitting at the heart of it are machine learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), data analysis, and computer programming. So it’s not surprising why many try to pursue careers that are in line with these fields. If you’re one of them and want to quickly elevate your skills like a true expert, then here’s a book that might just help you – The Upgrade.
The Upgrade is an e-book that covers Python Data Analysis, Deep Learning, and Computer Vision. It’s created by creApple: Creative Application Era, which is a company that provides lectures and e-book services on the internet. It will soon be launched on Kickstarter where it hopes to receive over US$2,700 of funding. But before you back the project, here’s everything you need to know about this e-book.
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Even with the field of computer programming and AI exploding and growing, access to courses and systemic curriculum about such topics remains to be difficult. Sure, you can always read through hundreds of articles on Google and watch dozens of video tutorials. But since the content you are getting isn’t well-arranged or complete, you’ll still have a hard time learning and understanding such IT content.
To solve this problem, creApple created The Upgrade. It’s an e-book that aims to improve your skills and knowledge through a single, complete, concise, and very detailed course. It contains a series of lessons ranging from the basics to the expert level. So regardless of your experience, as long as you are interested in AI and deep learning for computer vision, then this is a book for you.
Content and Curriculum Details
Section 1: Python Basics and Main Technologies
This part of the book aims to help you master the primary technology of Python. It explains the leading technologies of Python, which you can also use in real projects.
Section 2: Data Analysis and Data Visualization
This section will teach you data visualization and analysis techniques through Matplotlib, Seaborn, and Pandas from Python. This will also help you in machine and deep learning projects.
Section 3: Principle of Regression and Valuation (Based on Data Analysis on the Boston Marathon)
In this section, you will master the core concepts of machine learning using real-life projects such as the Boston Marathon data analysis. You will also get the opportunity to learn and experience machine learning through TensorFlow.
Section 4: Process Images and Videos with OpenCV and Utilize Deep Learning Modules
At this part, you’ll get to experience the core techniques and learn how to perform face recognition, object detection, and others through deep learning.
Section 5: Deep Learning Video Processing
Lastly, this chapter will teach you how to do your own face recognition and object detection sessions.
Now, in terms of price, The Upgrade is expensive. The whole book costs US$297 for Super Early Bird customers, US$347 for Early Birds, and a whopping US$495 for those who won’t catch any of the special promos. So if you really want to learn everything about computer vision, deep learning, and data analysis, make sure to fund The Upgrade as soon as it launches on Kickstarter.
On the other hand, if you’re only interested in certain topics, you have the option to pay less. For instance, the company’s Data Analysis Bundle starts from US$147 and the Computer Vision Bundle from US$207. At these prices, however, they are still way more expensive than other books online, including Python for Data Analysis by Wes McKinney, Deep Learning for Computer Vision by Rajalingappaa Shanmugamani, and Data Analysis with Open Source Tools by Philipp K. Janert.
You can also enroll in many online learning platforms at a cheaper price. The Data Science Course 2021 on Udemy, for example, costs US$89.99. It offers complete training in mathematics, statistics, Python, advanced stats in Python, and machine and deep learning.
What You Need to Know
The Upgrade is created by creApple. Based on their website and social media channels, they only have over 2,500 subscribers. While they have several videos on their YouTube account, most of them are in Korean. Even their website, creApple.com, is mostly in a foreign language. Other than that, there’s not much about the company. But to give you an idea of their content here’s one that we found in English: Scratch Programming 1-1.
On a more positive note, creApple claims to have more than 15,000 students using their content on external affiliate sites, including Udemy and Inflearn.
So what are we saying? Simple – The Upgrade is a new book from a fairly new company.
By putting together everything, from the basics to advanced, The Upgrade allows you to save time trying to search for different books and articles about different topics. So if you’re interested in computer vision, deep learning, machine learning, and data analysis, this is a much convenient choice.
What we like about this book is that it offers a step-by-step process. This allows you to understand and move on from topics better. It’s also great for both beginners and experienced individuals, and it features advanced leveled projects. Meaning, it contains skill training based on actual projects. So you’ll be more prepared for what to expect once you’ve become a professional.