Training a deep autoencoder or a classifier
on MNIST digits

Code provided by Ruslan Salakhutdinov and Geoff Hinton
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How to make it work:

  1. Create a separate directory and download all these files into the same directory
  2. Download from the following 4 files:
    • train-images-idx3-ubyte.gz
    • train-labels-idx1-ubyte.gz
    • t10k-images-idx3-ubyte.gz
    • t10k-labels-idx1-ubyte.gz
  3. Unzip these 4 files by executing:
    • gunzip train-images-idx3-ubyte.gz
    • gunzip train-labels-idx1-ubyte.gz
    • gunzip t10k-images-idx3-ubyte.gz
    • gunzip t10k-labels-idx1-ubyte.gz
    If unzipping with WinZip, make sure the file names have not been changed by Winzip.
  4. Download Conjugate Gradient code minimize.m
  5. Download Autoencoder_Code.tar which contains 13 files OR
    download each of the following 13 files separately for training an autoencoder and a classification model:
  6. For training a deep autoencoder run mnistdeepauto.m in matlab.
  7. For training a classification model run mnistclassify.m in matlab.
  8. Make sure you have enough space to store the entire MNIST dataset on your disk. You can also set various parameters in the code, such as maximum number of epochs, learning rates, network architecture, etc.