Happy Halloween! An Alternative AI Glossary

Published
Oct 28, 2020
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Happy Halloween! An Alternative AI Glossary

Dear friends,

Welcome to this special Halloween issue of The Batch!

In AI, we use many challenging technical terms. To help you keep things straight, I would like to offer some definitions that I definitely would not use. I hope you’ll find this alternative AI glossary a breath of fresh scare:

  • Activation function: An incantation used to raise the dead
  • Dropout: A portal to another dimension that suddenly appears underfoot
  • Early stopping: When you’re tired of collecting candy and you go home to bed
  • Feature extraction: Getting a vampire’s fangs out of your neck
  • Greedy policy: Self-explanatory when trick-or-treating
  • Hinge loss: When the squeaky door falls off of a haunted house
  • Learning rate: How quickly werewolves realize they can’t break down your door but can climb through your window
  • Mini-batch: The amount of candy you have after early stopping
  • Overfit: When you’ve eaten so much Halloween candy you can’t button your clothes
  • Random forest: Where random witches live

Happy Halloween to all who celebrate it. Now let’s get this party started!

Keep learning,

Andrew

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