To avoid keeping you in suspense, I’ll get this out of the way right up front: ML Hipster is me!
I started the ML Hipster account on a whim and found it fun to mash up clichés about hipsters and their attitude with jargon from machine learning and statistics.
Is this Bayesian? You know I’m a strict Bayesian, right?— ML Hipster (@ML_Hipster) July 13, 2012
There was also the added enjoyment of obliquely poking fun at what some “old school” machine learning people might think of the recent, “big data”-driven incursion onto
our (ahem) their turf.
Everyone is all big data this and online that. My methods are small batch: they only handle a few instances but really look at them, y’know?— ML Hipster (@ML_Hipster) August 16, 2012
Ultimately though, it was really just an excuse to make bad puns that only a select few would understand, let alone find amusing.
“Oh sure, going in that direction will totally minimize the objective function” —Sarcastic Gradient Descent.— ML Hipster (@ML_Hipster) July 20, 2012
To be honest, I had no idea the account would get so popular. So much so that shortly after starting it I promised myself that if it ever got more followers than my main twitter account I’d spill the beans.
Well, 103 days, 61 tweets, and 1,651 followers later, here I am presiding over scattered legumes.
I have no intention of abandoning ML Hipster and will likely post there whenever I have yet another terrible, technical pun to inflict which I don’t want friends and family to hear.
I prefer Chervonenkis’ solo work.— ML Hipster (@ML_Hipster) July 14, 2012
I’m also not going to reveal who ML Hipster is via that account. I figure there are people following ML Hipster (but not this blog or my other account) who couldn’t care less about who it actually is and I don’t want to spoil their fun.
Or mine.Mark Reid October 24, 2012 Canberra, Australia