The Reality of Machine Learning in a Thumb Typing World

January 25, 2021

I spotted a question on Hacker News: “How Many % of Machine Learning Projects Fail?” I want to call attention to a response to this question from an entity allegedly named Jurgurtha. This individual provides information about the machine learning procedures to which he has been exposed. Unlike the rah rah Webinars, the weird made-for-mobile Web pages of machine learning vendors, and the volumes of marketing collateral from outfits with enough venture funding to repurpose a friend’s daughter who is a major in art history as an search engine optimization expert, the Jurgurtha entity offers some interesting information. Here are a handful of interesting phrases from his “answer” to the question posed by a user of Hacker News:

  1. Academics
  2. Data set difficulty
  3. Cooperation and the lack thereof
  4. Coordination expressed as “not all stakeholders are aligned”
  5. Annoying taps on one’s shoulder.

Credible write up. Oh, taps on one’s shoulder seems to mean, “Help me.” Yep, help.

Stephen E Arnold, January 25, 2021


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