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Introduction to Transformer Models for NLP: Using BERT, GPT, and More to Solve Modern Natural Language Processing Tasks (Video Training)

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  • Copyright 2023
  • Edition: 1st
  • Online Video
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-792362-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-792362-5

10+ Hours of Video Instruction

Learn how to apply state-of-the-art transformer-based LLMs, including BERT, ChatGPT, GPT-3, and T5, to solve modern NLP tasks.

Introduction to Transformer Models for NLP LiveLessons provides a comprehensive overview of LLMs, transformers, and the mechanisms--attention, embedding, and tokenization--that set the stage for state-of-the-art NLP models like BERT and ChatGPT to flourish. The focus for these lessons is providing a practical, comprehensive, and functional understanding of transformer architectures and how they are used to create modern NLP pipelines. Throughout this series, instructor Sinan Ozdemir will bring theory to life through illustrations, solved mathematical examples, and straightforward Python examples within Jupyter notebooks.

All lessons in the course are grounded by real-life case studies and hands-on code examples. After completing this lesson, you will be in a great position to understand and build cutting-edge NLP pipelines using transformers. You will also be provided with extensive resources and curriculum detail, which can all be found at the course's GitHub repository.

Skill Level:

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
Learn How To:
  • Recognize which type of transformer-based model is best for a given task
  • Understand how transformers process text and make predictions
  • Fine-tune transformer-based models with custom data
  • Create actionable pipelines using fine-tuned models
  • Deploy fine-tuned models and use them in production
  • Prompt engineer for optimal outputs from GPT-3 and ChatGPT

Who Should Take This Course:
  • Intermediate/advanced machine learning engineers with experience with ML, neural networks, and NLP
  • Those who want the best outputs from the GPT-3 or ChatGPT model

  • Those interested in state-of-the-art NLP architecture
  • Those interested in productionizing and fine-tuning LLMs
  • Those comfortable using libraries like Tensorflow or PyTorch
  • Those comfortable with linear algebra and vector/matrix operations
Course Requirements:
  • Python 3 proficiency with some experience working in interactive Python environments including Notebooks (Jupyter/Google Colab/Kaggle Kernels)
  • Comfortable using the Pandas library and either Tensorflow or PyTorch
  • Understanding of ML/deep learning fundamentals including train/test splits, loss/cost functions, and gradient descent
Lesson Descriptions:
  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Attention and Language Models
  • Lesson 2: How Transformers Use Attention to Process Text
  • Lesson 3: Transfer Learning
  • Lesson 4: Natural Language Understanding with BERT
  • Lesson 5: Pre-training and Fine-tuning BERT
  • Lesson 6: Hands on BERT
  • Lesson 7: Natural Language Generation with GPT
  • Lesson 8: Hands on GPT
  • Lesson 9: Further Applications of BERT + GPT
  • Lesson 10: T5 -- Back to Basics
  • Lesson 11: Hands-on T5
  • Lesson 12: The Vision Transformer
  • Lesson 13: Deploying Transformer Models
  • Lesson 14: Using Massively Large Language Models
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Table of Contents


Lesson 1: Introduction to Attention and Language Models
1.1 A brief history of NLP
1.2 Paying attention with attention
1.3 Encoder-decoder architectures
1.4 How language models look at text

Lesson 2: How Transformers Use Attention to Process Text
2.1 Introduction to transformers
2.2 Scaled dot product attention
2.3 Multi-headed attention

Lesson 3: Transfer Learning
3.1 Introduction to transfer learning
3.2 Introduction to PyTorch
3.3 Fine-tuning transformers with PyTorch

Lesson 4: Natural Language Understanding with BERT
4.1 Introduction to BERT
4.2 Wordpiece tokenization
4.3 The many embeddings of BERT

Lesson 5: Pre-training and Fine-Tuning BERT
5.1 The Masked Language Modeling Task
5.2 The Next Sentence Prediction Task
5.3 Fine-tuning BERT to solve NLP tasks

Lesson 6: Hands on BERT
6.1 Flavors of BERT
6.2 BERT for sequence classification
6.3 BERT for token classification
6.4 BERT for question/answering

Lesson 7: Natural Language Generation with GPT
7.1 Introduction to the GPT family
7.2 Masked multi-headed attention
7.3 Pre-training GPT
7.4 Few-shot learning

Lesson 8: Hands on GPT
8.1 GPT for style completion
8.2 GPT for code dictation

Lesson 9: Further Applications of BERT + GPT
9.1 Siamese BERT-networks for semantic searching
9.2 Teaching GPT multiple tasks at once with prompt engineering

Lesson 10: T5 Back to Basics
10.1 Encoders and decoders welcome: T5s architecture
10.2 Cross-attention

Lesson 11: Hands-on T5
11.1 Off the shelf results with T5
11.2 Using T5 for abstractive summarization

Lesson 12: The Vision Transformer
12.1 Introduction to the Vision Transformer (ViT)
12.2 Fine-tuning an image captioning system

Lesson 13: Deploying Transformer Models
13.1 Introduction to MLOps
13.2 Sharing our models on Hugging Face
13.3 Deploying a fine-tuned BERT model using FastAPI

Lesson 14: Using Massively Large Language Models
14.1 Modern Large Language Models
14.2 GPT-3 and ChatGPT
14.3 Other LLMs and Semantic Search with Open AI Embeddings



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