Polyglot Word Embeddings Discover Language Clusters

Polyglot word embeddings obtained by training a skipgram model on a multi-lingual corpus discover extremely high-quality language clusters.

These can be trivially retrieved using an algorithm like $k-$Means giving us a fully unsupervised language identification system.

Experiments show that these clusters are on-par with results produced by popular open source (FastText LangID) and commercial models (Google Cloud Translation).

We have successfully used this technique in many situations involving several low-resource languages that are poorly supported by popular open source models.

This blog post covers methods, intuition, and links to an implementation based on 100-dimensional FastText embeddings.


Paisley Sculpture 1

A new piece - a paisley sculpture carved in relief out of maple and mahogany.

The mahogany pedestal features rosettes and small chip-carved patterns incorporating incisions. The paisley piece rests in a bed of felt.

Here is a small sampling of the detail work on the pedestal.

And a small video of the carving process.


Jewelry Tray

A small study in paisleys - I’ve been developing a uniquely Persian / Indian form of scroll work incorporating elements from Indian embroidery.

On exhibit at the Bay Area Woodworking Association this month.

And here’s a build video:


Mahogany Earrings

This project is a pair of wooden earrings. Carved from a single block of mahogany and dealt with from start to finish with hand-tools.

The brass was a stray piece of artist wire combined with some off-the-shelf clip-ons.

An unorthodox set of materials to craft a one-of-a-kind object.

Model: Ivy Zheng

Here is a small clip illustrating the whole build process.



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