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A Hands-On Introduction to Embeddings and Transformer Architecture

Struggling to understand the complexities of embeddings and transformer architecture?

Dive into our comprehensive course and unlock the secrets to mastering these fundamental concepts. Gain practical experience and enhance your understanding to leverage embeddings and transformer architecture effectively in your projects.


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6 Hours

Earn a verified certificate from University of New Mexico Continuing Education.
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Why Embeddings

Master the foundations of NLP:
  • Understand and explore common vectorization techniques.
  • Dive into Word2Vec and semantic encoding for word and sentence representations.
  • Uncover the key concepts behind Transformer models and attention mechanisms.
Practical Skills in Text Embedding and Similarity Measures:
  • Create TF-IDF embeddings and calculate sentence similarity metrics.
  • Analyze text through self-attention for contextual understanding.
  • Implement semantic search methods beyond simple keyword matching.
Expand your skillset and open new opportunities:
  • Gain valuable skills for text analysis, machine translation, and more.
  • Enhance your understanding of large language models (LLMs).
  • Stand out in the job market with in-demand NLP expertise.
Foundational and Advanced Vectorization Knowledge::
  • Explore advanced concepts like multilingual search and embedding limitations.
  • Learn strategies to overcome challenges and enhance semantic search accuracy.
  • Stay ahead of the curve in the rapidly evolving field of NLP.
Join a community of learners:
  • Access to expert instructors and supportive peers.
  • Engage in interactive exercises and real-world applications.
  • Receive personalized feedback and guidance.
Exploration of Transformer Models and Semantic Search:
  • Master Transformers, empower search, unlock NLP expertise
  • Decode text data, build smarter search, shape NLP future.
  • Dive into Transformers, revolutionize search, conquer NLP challenges


Introduction to Embeddings and Vectorization Techniques

  • Review of Classical Techniques
  • Vectorization Techniques:
    • Binary/One-Hot Encoding
    • Count-Based Methods
    • Term Frequency-Inverse Document Frequency (TF-IDF)

Advanced Vectorization and Local Context Capture

  • N-grams: Concept and Applications
  • Challenges with Capturing Local Context

Semantic Encoding Techniques

  • Overview of Word2Vec:
    • Concept and Development
    • Dense Word Embeddings
  • Applications of Word2Vec in Text Analytics and NLP Tasks

Diving Deep into Text Embeddings

  • Understanding Word and Sentence Embeddings
  • Text Similarity Measures:
    • Dot Product
    • Cosine Similarity
    • Inner Product

Hands-On Exercise: Working with Embeddings

  • Creating TF-IDF Embeddings on a Document Corpus
  • Calculating Similarity Between Sentences Using Cosine Similarity and Dot Product

Exploring Large Language Models and Transformer Architecture

  • Introduction to Transformer Models and Attention Mechanisms:
    • Encoder-Decoder Structure
    • Transformer Networks: Tokenization, Embedding, Positional Encoding, and Transformer Blocks
    • Attention Mechanisms:
      • Self-Attention
      • Multi-Head Attention
  • Hands-On Exercise: Understanding Attention Mechanisms
    • Self-Attention for Contextual Word Analysis

Semantic Search: Beyond Lexical Limitations

  • Understanding and Implementing Semantic Search:
    • Introduction and Importance
    • Differentiating Semantic from Lexical Search
    • Using Text Embeddings for Semantic Search
  • Exploring Advanced Concepts in Semantic Search:
    • Multilingual Search
    • Limitations and Challenges of Embeddings and Similarity
    • Enhancing Semantic Search Beyond Embeddings and Similarity


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