Python utilities to download and parse the MNIST dataset
The MNIST database is available at http://yann.lecun.com/exdb/mnist/
The MNIST database is a dataset of handwritten digits. It has 60,000 training samples, and 10,000 test samples. Each image is represented by 28x28 pixels, each containing a value 0 - 255 with its grayscale value.
It is a subset of a larger set available from NIST. The digits have been size-normalized and centered in a fixed-size image.
It is a good database for people who want to try learning techniques and pattern recognition methods on real-world data while spending minimal efforts on preprocessing and formatting.
There are four files available, which contain separately train and test, and images and labels.
Thanks to Yann LeCun, Corinna Cortes, Christopher J.C. Burges
mnist makes it easier to download and convert to Python objects the information contained in the MNIST files, which use a custom format.