Your new Mentor for Data Science E-Learning.
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Virgilio is an open source initiative, aiming to mentor and guide anyone in the world of Data Science and Machine Learning through a series of curated articles, guides and tutorials. Our vision is to give everyone the chance to get involved in this field, get self-started as a practitioner, gain new cutting edge practical skills and learn to navigate through the infinite web of resources and find the ones useful for you.
Studying and reading through the Internet means swimming in an infinite jungle of chaotic information, even more so in rapidly changing innovative fields.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed when trying to approach Data Science without a real “path” to follow? Are you tired of clicking “Run”, “Run”, “Run”.. on a Jupyter Notebook, with that false sense of confidence given by the comfort zone of the work of others?
Have you ever got confused because of the several and contradicting names for the same algorithm or approach, from different websites and fragmented tutorials?
We will address these critical issues for free, for everyone.
Hi, I'm Virgilio.
Like I did with Dante, just some centuries ago, I'll be your mentor and reference point during your journey through this selva oscura, providing you complete and organic learning paths for several fields, tools, skills and more.
The vision of Virgilio is to give everyone the possibility to get into the incredible world of the Data Science and Machine Learning and the business and creative possibilities that they offer, to get self-started as a practitioner, gain new cutting edge practical skills or just learn to discriminate good information from poor information.
We are doing this by providing only high-quality and coherent content, with clear step-by-step paths and a consistent naming system.
Imagine Virgilio as an E-Mentor who will tell you what do to get the next step, the next skill, or to apply them in practice to create value.
But what does it mean in practice?
In other words, what's the target of the Virgilio project?
There are different scenarios:
As you can imagine it’s not easy to intercept all these different needs, so our solution ended up in a hierarchical structure which distinguish the content based on different levels of abstraction.
To do this, we got our inspiration from Dante’s amazing masterpiece “La Divina Commedia”, written in over 20 years of work and published for the first time in 1323 d.c.
Dante’s journey wouldn’t have been possible without his companion and guide, Virgilio, a roman famous poet (70 a.c.) who inspired generations of artists since the Roman hegemony in Europe.
In his journey, Dante travel across the different levels of the catholic conception of the divine world at that time, starting from the Inferno (the prison of the damned), passing through the Purgatorio and reaching eventually the Paradiso (you can call it Valhalla or Nirvana, as you prefer :-) ).
In your journey, you will start from scratch and eventually reach the theoretical knowledge and solid expendable skill.
The parallelism is natural:
Going from top to bottom increases the level of detail and decreases the level of abstraction.
In the Paradiso you won’t find a single line of code or a math formula, just plain English. Here’s the place for introductions, simple explanations, demystifications, and meta-guides (for example a guide about the best way to use Virgilio). It’s the best place for the not-techies, beginners and literally everyone who wants to get in touch with Data Science and Machine Learning without getting bored into technical details. Do you want to communicate these innovative fields? Pass from the Paradiso!
In the Purgatorio you can find technical guides for beginners (in the field or in general IT). For example, you’ll find guides about Python, maths, and statistics. You will find guides about study techniques, soft skills and you’ll learn how to develop an analytical mindset too. It’s an obliged step before the Hell. Depending on your starting skill, you’ll probably spend here most of the time, learning to code, understand math concepts and more! If you’re a complete beginner, follow the track we proposed, starting from the Fundamentals.
In the Inferno you won’t find gentle introductions or generic explanations, but a lot of different detailed guides, topics, hands-on tutorials and more! You’ll find an entire section dedicated to research and daily updates from the field! You’ll find guides like “how to train a massive neural network over hundreds of GPUs efficiently” or “How to deal with huge datasets”, or “how to fine-tune a preprocessing pipeline”. Think about Inferno as the place where you will pick up the sub-field you prefer and dive into that. It’s impossible to learn everything at once! One of the Virgilio’s most important learning strategies is “One enemy at time”, "Divide and conquer!". The three specializations that we provide are Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, and Agent-based and Reinforcement Learning. These learning paths are the “final bosses” of the Virgilio’s experience: once you’ll have completed them you will hopefully be skilled enough to land an internship or tackle real business problems!
Above these you’ll find a plenty of other useful zones:
Virgilio is developed and mantained by these awesome people. You can email us
virgilio.datascience (at) gmail.com
or join the Discord chat.
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