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Unit 12

Despite the challenges, unit 12 was my favorite of all. The end-of-module assignment was an introduction to the world of academic writing and helped me to learn a new way of thinking. Having never done it before, there was a period of adjustment. I started the assignment very early, but made the mistake of writing first, before fully exploring the theme I selected and the related niches. I found that academic research is extremely detailed in nature, and not spending enough time learning the various niches and terminologies, makes it harder to write a paper. I initially found papers relevant to my topic and used them as the basis of my essay, however, after I continued to read and study all the related academic literature, I realized that I would have to start my paper again from scratch, because the inital frameworks were not fully appropriate for the case study I selected; they were too vague and did not make it possible to clearly identify areas for improvement. In light of this, I decided to change my strategy and focused on reading the content of entire papers with the aim of building a “mental model” of the topic, and connecting niche subtopics to that main topic. This helped me to determine what terminology to use when looking for papers, and also helped a lot in making my logic clear and easy to understand, regardless of whether the reader has experience in the area of research or not.

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Units 5 & 6

I originally began working on the units’ content separately, but as I continued, I realized my approach to the content created a lot of overlap between the units’ activities; for this reason, I decided to merge their content.

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Units 10 & 11

SQL is quite nice to work with as a language because of how close it is to natural English. This thought prompted me to read more about the theory behind it to better understand why it’s so effective, and this led me to discover the concept of declarative programming. Declarative programming is a form of programming that is built around the concept of a developer merely expressing their intentions code, while any complex logic involved in achieving that intention is left to the computer. A good example of this is the use of the WHERE clause in SQL. Rather than write loops with conditionals which would allow you to select specific entries, you would simply write WHERE, and SQL would decide how to approach this request by creating a query plan (a query plan can be thought of as the lower level instructions generated to execute a given query).

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Unit 3

The task for this unit was to investigate and explore the potential of Google Translate.

Explaining Backpropagation

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This blog post aims to clear up backpropagation in neural networks and give a more intuitive understanding of how it works. Before starting, recall that the goal of a neural network is to learn the weights $W$ and biases $b$ that minimize some loss function $L$.

Detecting Forged Bank Notes

Detecting forged banknotes with a neural network.

Paper Title Number 1

Published in Journal 1, 2009

This paper is about the number 1. The number 2 is left for future work.

Recommended citation: Your Name, You. (2009). "Paper Title Number 1." Journal 1. 1(1). http://academicpages.github.io/files/paper1.pdf

Paper Title Number 2

Published in Journal 1, 2010

This paper is about the number 2. The number 3 is left for future work.

Recommended citation: Your Name, You. (2010). "Paper Title Number 2." Journal 1. 1(2). http://academicpages.github.io/files/paper2.pdf

Paper Title Number 3

Published in Journal 1, 2015

This paper is about the number 3. The number 4 is left for future work.

Recommended citation: Your Name, You. (2015). "Paper Title Number 3." Journal 1. 1(3). http://academicpages.github.io/files/paper3.pdf

Talk 1 on Relevant Topic in Your Field

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Conference Proceeding talk 3 on Relevant Topic in Your Field

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Teaching experience 1

Undergraduate course, University 1, Department, 2014

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Teaching experience 2

Workshop, University 1, Department, 2015

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