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UKC Articles - on 28 Jun 2018
Neural network trained on UKC Logbook route names., 3 kbWe recently shared the work of Janelle Shane, who trained a neural network on a database of route names from Joshua Tree (5,633) and Boulder, Colorado (4,527). The results were both amusing and baffling. We wondered how the generated names might differ if we provided Janelle with our much larger database of 432,000 route names.

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nick244 - on 28 Jun 2018
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Missed a trick with the Cat Bear graphic:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binturong

airborne - on 28 Jun 2018
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Right, need to find a new Crag X and get to work now. Love those names. 

Toerag - on 28 Jun 2018
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Agreed, some are actually quite good.

Andy Gamisou - on 29 Jun 2018
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Finally, machine learning finds a proper useful application

DerwentDiluted - on 29 Jun 2018
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They don't look much like route names to me.

But I'll definitely put a fiver on The Cat Bear to win the 14.15 at Uttoxeter.

simoninger on 29 Jun 2018
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Many of these could solve the eternal problem of finding a band name that nobody's used before

RKernan - on 29 Jun 2018
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Pretty sure Charlton Chestwig put all those routes up in the mid 80s.

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Janelle says she's been given the idea to teach it route descriptions. A whole new level of fun! Let's see what it comes up with if she does it.

SuperLee1985 - on 29 Jun 2018
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Some of these are actually really good, exactly the sort of thing I could imagine coming across in a guidebook.

'Ramp of Lies' in particular evokes images of some desperate slab that promises good holds when viewed from the ground but all the tings that looked like they ought to be holds turned out to be useless sloping nothingness.

'Wine for the Great Free Man' sounds like a classic mountain route.

 

I liked a couple of the weird ones too: 'You're not Andrew' and 'Captain Purple and the Darkness'

kathrync - on 29 Jun 2018
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Some of these are great! 

Luke90 on 29 Jun 2018
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Yes, "Ramp of Lies" is a fantastic effort. I'd like to see it used but there's no way I'd climb it! One of those route names that I'd take as a warning.

cb294 - on 29 Jun 2018
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I was also immediately thinking of "names for bands", since the list reminded of this masterpiece:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nabFMi6PGQA

Unfortunately the somewhat briefer original version was pre-youtube, finishing with the same punchline featuring Reagan rather than Bush. 

My favourite from the route list is "Ramp of Lies", this needs to be put up somewhere. 


CB

 

Sam B on 29 Jun 2018
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Just in Stanage Pop, it turns out that the five most commonly appearing words in route names are The Crack Wall Buttress Direct, in that order. I'm determined to name a route that now!


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