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The Attention Mechanism from Scratch

The attention mechanism was introduced to improve the performance of the encoder-decoder model for machine translation. The idea behind the attention mechanism was to permit the decoder to utilize the most relevant parts of the input sequence in a flexible manner, by a weighted combination of all the encoded input vectors, with the most relevant […]

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What Is Attention?

Attention is becoming increasingly popular in machine learning, but what makes it such an attractive concept? What is the relationship between attention applied in artificial neural networks and its biological counterpart? What components would one expect to form an attention-based system in machine learning? In this tutorial, you will discover an overview of attention and […]

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A Bird’s Eye View of Research on Attention

Attention is a concept that is scientifically studied across multiple disciplines, including psychology, neuroscience, and, more recently, machine learning. While all disciplines may have produced their own definitions for attention, one core quality they can all agree on is that attention is a mechanism for making both biological and artificial neural systems more flexible.  In […]

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