Semantic Neurons

10 min. read Submitted 28/04/2021 Last Edited 02/05/2021 #writing #programming #ai

An idea I've been having a lot of fun playing around with is this idea of little generative algorithms to build mapping functions. When we normally think about a neuron within a deep neural network, we think about this point within a hyperdimensional space. The dimensionality of this space is defined by the number of neurons in the next layer, and the position within that space is defined by the values of those weights and biases.

If we think about what this neuron is actually doing, it is forming a mapping between an input and an output. We store this mapping naively as a very large vector of weights. When we want to see what the weight is, we just look up its index within that big vector. But imagine if you were a young coding student, and you were given the task to write a function that maps some input to some expected output. For instance, mapping an input to it's square. Would you really implement your function like:


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Charlie Bones' Interdimensional Help Centre

1 min. read Submitted 31/01/2021 Last Edited 20/02/2021 #unity #programming #creative

This is my entry for the Global Game Jam 2021! I did it all myself with public-source assets for things like audio and textures, combined with a little voxel engine I've been building.

Play it here.


Easy Function Timers in C# 8.0

1 min. read Submitted 07/12/2020 Last Edited 19/02/2021 #programming

A function timer is a class that can monitor the execution of functions and time them. If you’ve got some upper limit on how long a function should take then these timers can be very useful in detecting drops in performance.

With C# 8.0, you get some nice features that allow for a nice little function timer class, namely:


gnuciDictionary

1 min. read Submitted 17/08/2020 Last Edited 19/02/2021 #programming

gnuciDictionary is an offline nuget port of the GNU Collaborative International Dictionary of English for .Net. Defining a word is simple: Simply give a string, and you will be given a list of definitions for that string, or null if no definition can be found.


narlang

1 min. read Submitted 13/07/2020 Last Edited 19/02/2021 #programming #writing

Narlang (Narrative Language) is a markup language for generating documents. It was designed as a tool to assist in the composition of long, complex documents, specifically novels. Its purpose is to combine many of the features of a code language with general document production.

This came out of a rejection of the plethora of WYSIWYG document editors, towards something more like LaTeX – but with a few more fancy features that programmers are used to like symbol recognition and semantics.


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