PyCon CZ

PyCon CZ 23
15–17 September

The Library and the Maze a talk by Karel Minařík

Saturday 16 September 10:20 (40 minutes)

This talk presents an introduction to fundamental machine learning concepts in the context of semantic search.

Given the rapid increase of interest in artificial intelligence in the last year, driven by many “generative transformer” technologies, it’s often hard to understand the foundational principles behind these advanced systems, especially for people not familiar with the mathematical theory.

We’ll use Ferdinand de Saussure’s theory of language as a starting point to gain a better understanding of these fundamental concepts, such as word embeddings, vectors, semantic similarity or multi-modal search, demystifying their “magic” without using complicated jargon or complex formulas.

What do you need to know to enjoy this talk

Python level

You can write basic scripts.

About the topic

No previous knowledge of the topic is required, basic concepts will be explained.

Karel Minařík

Karel Minařík is a software developer with a focus on system architectures, web APIs, interactive applications, and data visualization.

For almost a decade, he has been working at Elastic, writing Ruby and Go code for libraries and internal applications. Until last year, he had been helping with the digital transformation in the Czech Republic as part of the Česko.Digital team.

Saturday 16 September

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Welcome to PyCon CZ

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The Library and the Maze

Karel Minařík
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