Top /r/Machine Learning Posts, February: Automating Tinder, Jurgen Schmidhuber, and Shazam

Automating Tinder with Eigenfaces, the elephant in the room of Machine Learning, the Jürgen Schmidhuber AMA, and Shazam's music recognition algorithm make up the top posts in the last month on /r/MachineLearning.

By Grant Marshall.

Eigenfaces This month on /r/MachineLearning was dominated by AMA announcements, concerns with academic machine learning, and interesting applications of machine learning.

1. Automating Tinder with Eigenfaces +199

This post explores using Eigenfaces in the context of Tinder, the dating app. More than simply detailing how to use Eigenfaces to automatically generate attractive faces, this post details the methodology for interacting with other humans on Tinder automatically. All of the code is open source, so feel free to peruse it here.

2. [Discuss] The elephant in the room of machine learning research +155

This post tackles recent issues in unjustified presentations that the author has seen. The author believes many recent papers are unnecessary. It seems that many in the /r/MachineLearning community agree, based on the fact that this is so highly-upvoted. There is some interesting discussion in the comments.

3. I am Juergen Schmidhuber, AMA! +119

The AMA is nearly here. At the time of this writing, the AMA has begun accepting questions, and they will begin to be answered March 4th. Be sure to check back in once that has begun.

4. Juergen Schmidhuber will be doing an AMA in /r/MachineLearning on March 4 10AM EST +106

This the announcement for the number three post in this list. Clearly, this is important to the community (as all big-name AMAs tend to be) based on the consistent upvotes.

5. Music Recognition: The Shazam Algorithm +101

This post touches on the general strategy used in Shazam’s music recognition algorithm. Some commenters have pointed out that this may not be the most up-to-date description of Shazam’s algorithm. Regardless, for those interested in learning about music recognition, it is a well-written post that deserves a reading.