Ben Gorman

Ben Gorman

Life's a garden. Dig it.


You suspect there's a linear relationship between how much daily screen time a person gets and how many hours they sleep. You acquire the data to investigate.

import numpy as np
rng = np.random.default_rng(123)
screentime = rng.uniform(low=4, high=12, size=500)
sleep = np.clip(-0.8*screentime + 10.5 + rng.normal(loc=0, scale=1.5, size=len(screentime)), 0, 24)
print(screentime[:5])  # [9.45881491 4.43056815 5.76287898 5.47497449 5.40724721]
print(sleep[:5])       # [2.87662678 6.24164643 6.14092628 4.54709214 5.24364   ]


import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
fig, ax = plt.subplots(layout='tight')
ax.scatter(screentime, sleep)

Fit a simple linear regression model to this data using gradient descent with the help of torch.autograd.

View the pseudocode

Initialize m and b (for the model y = mx + b)
Convert sleep and screentime to tensors
For 10K iterations:
  Calculate yhat = m * screentime + b (predictions based on current m, b)
  Calculate the loss (root mean square error)
  Use reverse mode differentiation to determine the gradient of the loss with respect to m and b
  Update m and b (gradient step)


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