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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Neural Networks and Deep Learning

Another Chinese Translation of Neural Networks and Deep Learning.
This is another (work in progress) Chinese translation of Michael Nielsen's Neural Networks and Deep Learning, originally my learning notes of this free online book. It's written in LaTeX for better look and cross-referencing of math equations and plots. And I borrowed some finished work from

Compile the LaTeX Source Code

To compile the source code to a PDF file, please make sure you have a latest TeX system installed. You can download and install a TeX distribution for your platform from
It's recommended to install
  • Tex Live 2015 or later for Linux
  • MacTex 2015 or later for Mac OS X

Check out source code

Use git to clone this repository and the code samples as a sub module:
$ git clone --recursive
$ git clone
$ cd nndl
$ git submodule update --init --recursive

Prepare Fonts

Run the in the working copy to download CJK fonts required:
$ ./
This is a simple shell script to download the following free fonts into fonts/ folder:
You can also manually download and unarchive to fonts/, and make sure it contains:
├── NotoSansCJKsc-Black.otf
├── NotoSansCJKsc-Bold.otf
├── NotoSansCJKsc-DemiLight.otf
├── NotoSansCJKsc-Light.otf
├── NotoSansCJKsc-Medium.otf
├── NotoSansCJKsc-Regular.otf
├── NotoSansCJKsc-Thin.otf
├── NotoSansMonoCJKsc-Bold.otf
├── NotoSansMonoCJKsc-Regular.otf
├── Roboto-Black.ttf
├── Roboto-BlackItalic.ttf
├── Roboto-Bold.ttf
├── Roboto-BoldItalic.ttf
├── Roboto-Italic.ttf
├── Roboto-Light.ttf
├── Roboto-LightItalic.ttf
├── Roboto-Medium.ttf
├── Roboto-MediumItalic.ttf
├── Roboto-Regular.ttf
├── Roboto-Thin.ttf
├── Roboto-ThinItalic.ttf
├── RobotoCondensed-Bold.ttf
├── RobotoCondensed-BoldItalic.ttf
├── RobotoCondensed-Italic.ttf
├── RobotoCondensed-Light.ttf
├── RobotoCondensed-LightItalic.ttf
├── RobotoCondensed-Regular.ttf
├── SourceCodePro-Black.otf
├── SourceCodePro-BlackIt.otf
├── SourceCodePro-Bold.otf
├── SourceCodePro-BoldIt.otf
├── SourceCodePro-ExtraLight.otf
├── SourceCodePro-ExtraLightIt.otf
├── SourceCodePro-It.otf
├── SourceCodePro-Light.otf
├── SourceCodePro-LightIt.otf
├── SourceCodePro-Medium.otf
├── SourceCodePro-MediumIt.otf
├── SourceCodePro-Regular.otf
├── SourceCodePro-Semibold.otf
├── SourceCodePro-SemiboldIt.otf
├── SourceSerifPro-Black.otf
├── SourceSerifPro-Bold.otf
├── SourceSerifPro-ExtraLight.otf
├── SourceSerifPro-Light.otf
├── SourceSerifPro-Regular.otf
└── SourceSerifPro-Semibold.otf

0 directories, 47 files

Generate PDF

$ make
to typeset and generate the PDF document. Or use your favorite GUI TeX application, but choose XeLaTeX as the typeset engine to support the chinese fonts.