Classifying handwritten digits with just 8 lines of code

Learn to classify handwritten digits with simple neural networking with TensorFlow. We will use Keras as a high-level API of TensorFlow to build it.
Cinque Terre
Emroj Hossain
4 min read
Tue Dec 24 2019

Let's first import the Tensorflow package and give it a short name 'tf'

import tensorflow as tf

The handwritten images cal be loaded in a variable by following code

mnist = tf.keras.datasets.mnist

The data can be divided into two parts- training and test and can be normalized

(x_train, y_train),(x_test, y_test) = mnist.load_data()
x_train, x_test = x_train / 255.0, x_test / 255.0

Now we can build a sequential model that will be used to train the network. Also a dropout can be added so that the network doesn't remember the data bilndly

model = tf.keras.models.Sequential([
  tf.keras.layers.Flatten(input_shape=(28, 28)),
  tf.keras.layers.Dense(128, activation='relu'),
  tf.keras.layers.Dense(10, activation='softmax')

No the model can be compiled and define the loss function


Now the model can be trained using the trained data and the prediction accuracy can be computed on the test data., y_train, epochs=5)
model.evaluate(x_test, y_test)

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