Strawman: I’m sorry, who are you again?
Hi, I’m Edwin, nice to meet you. You’re on my blog right now.
Strawman: Oh cool. What’s your blog about?
Well, this is the first post, so I can’t tell you with 100% accuracy. I’m not psychic. However, the plan is to focus primarily on machine learning and…
Strawman: Woah, let me stop you right there. There are already a bajillion blogs about machine learning, why would you write another one?
Umm…because I want to?
Strawman: No-one’s gonna read it – there are many blogs by much more qualified people out there.
That’s a pretty defeatist attitude, and that’s also not why I am starting this blog. The primary aim is to solidify my own knowledge as I pick it up, and hopefully give the reader the perspective of someone who is also learning as they go along. Less of a teacher and more of a study buddy.
Strawman: Your primary aim is to learn? Why don’t you just do a degree?
I already did that – got my B.A. in Mathematics in 2018. I don’t really want to spend another several thousand pounds and several years unless it’s really necessary. I am definitely interested in pursuing research in the subject, and would love to do an ML PhD, but need to do some more work before I am ready for this.
What I need is something to fill this knowledge and skills gap without investing my time and money into another undergraduate degree, which means that I need to fill this gap myself. By writing about the things that I learn on my blog, I will learn how to organise and process the information better, which helps me to learn more effectively.
Strawman: Couldn’t you just do that in a private journal?
It’s not quite the same. It is easier to be driven to produce high-quality material if you have an external pressure. It is all very well to talk about how you are motivated from within, but then if you have an “off-day”, there is almost nothing to stop you from producing sub-standard work, or simply not producing work at all. Also I am keen to share my thoughts with others, in the event that people start reading the blog. It might help them, and they might be able to help me – two brains are better than one.
Strawman: Are you going to talk about anything else in your blog?
Yeah, I will also look at a lot of the mathematics and statistics behind the more practical stuff that I do. I know from reading around that a lot of people find the math portion of machine learning the most intimidating. I have a math background, so I will definitely have a crack at trying to break a lot of it down into more comprehensible chunks.
There may also be posts on other cool math or computer-related things that I come across, but nothing more off-topic than that.
Any more questions?
Strawman: Nah, I’m done. I hope you enjoyed talking to yourself.