Best Way to Learn From Scratch?


#1

I am learning from scratch. I bought the 2013 book and I am reading it. Is that the best way to learn? If so, the instructions for downloading Nengo and working through the examples seemed outdated, are there updated instructions?


#2

The book is definitely the best place to learn the theory and ideas underlying Nengo. For the most up-to-date information regarding the software itself, the best place is the online documentation at https://www.nengo.ai and https://www.nengo.ai/nengo. For example, you can find installation instructions here.

You can also find updated versions of the tutorials from the “How to build a brain” book inside the nengo gui. If you open up the GUI (by typing nengo in a console window after installing nengo-gui), you will see a folder icon in the top left. Click on that, then “built-in examples” -> “hbb_tutorials”. You will find examples in there corresponding to each of the examples in the book, so you can follow along as you’re reading.


#3

Great thanks. I will see how I did and followup if I have any questions.


#4

Note that the HBB tutorial using SPA in the GUI are also a little bit outdated and should probably be updated to use the new Nengo SPA library. (But for now they still work.)