Last night, I attended my first Ottawa Python Authors Meetup. It was the first time that I had attended despite wanting to attend for a long time. (Mr. Releng also works with Python and thus every time there’s a meetup, we discuss who gets to go and who gets to stay home and take care of little Releng. It depends on if the talk to more relevant to our work interests.)
|The venue was across the street from Confederation Park aka land of Pokemon.|
I really enjoyed it. The people I chatted with were very friendly and welcoming. Of course, I ran into some people I used to work with, as is with any tech event in Ottawa it seems. Nice to catch up!
|The venue had the Canada Council for the Arts as a tenant, thus the quintessentially Canadian art.|
After the examples, Emily then moved on to how it all works.
She then spoke about a project she wrote to create generative poetry from a RNN (recurrent neural network). It was based on a RNN tutorial that she heavily refactored to meet her needs. She went through the code that she developed to generate artificial prose from the works of H.G. Wells and Jane Austen. She talked about how she cleaned up the text to remove EOL delimiters, page breaks, chapters numbers and so on. And then it took a week to train it with the data.
She then talked about another example which used data from Jack Kerouac and Virginia Woolf novels, which she posts some of the results to twitter.