Photo Credit: Janelle Shane’s Tumblr, Lewis and Quark
The Portland Guinea Pig Rescue is home to many fluffy critters, but coming up with creative names can be a challenge. So researcher Janelle Shane developed an algorithm to generate guinea pig names. Given a list of examples, (”Snickers”, “Pumpkin”, “Ginger”, “Rascal”, etc.), a neural network learned to make more.
Neural networks are a type of computer program with thousands of processing nodes that mimic the way human brains learn. They work in a network to “train” on sample datasets with enough examples, adapting over time and identifying patterns. In this case, 628 names was enough to generate “remixes” and new words.
For the most part, the neural network excelled at its task, generating names that are both eclectic and cute. The resident puffballs include: Popchop, Fuzzable, Buzzberry, Fleury White, Stargoon, and Princess Pow.
However, some of the misfires were names like Madly Mean, Fleshy, and Bho8otteeddeeceul.
Go check out the adorable guinea pigs, along with pictures, here, or on the researcher’s own blog. And of course, you can head over to the Portland Guinea Pig Rescue’s website if your life needs a little Popchop or Princess Pow.
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