Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The birth of SpongeGuyParkFeld

I joined my college's data science club this quarter.  It's very fun so far, though I haven't done much more than pick a project and join a team.

My team's project (well, we're one big group but split into two teams for easier management) is natural-language processing.  Specifically, sentiment analysis of transcripts of TV shows.  The goal is to map character relationships, vocabulary shifts over time or due to new writers, and vocabulary richness based on target audiences.  And stuff like that.  We're planning on refining the goals more as we progress in the project, but that's the general direction.

The shows we have chosen to analyze are Spongebob, Family Guy, South Park, and Seinfeld.  We sort of mashed all the names together to create a single word to represent our project.  Hence, the birth of SpongeGuyParkFeld!

Monday, January 15, 2018

When it rains, it pours

I live in California.  You know, that one state that's constantly on fire and it never rains in?  Yeah, that one.  Rainy season is the winter, but it hasn't rained at all until a few days ago.  And it poured rain.  

Maybe I'm just not used to the rain, and it was just a normal rainstorm.  There wasn't even thunder.  But for three days, the sun was swallowed up by gray rainclouds ranging from light, gentle wisps to huge, puffy dark ones that shrouded the sky.