Web Excursions 2021-09-21

HackerNews Readings

40,000 HackerNews book recommendations identified using NLP and deep learning

[Top 10 as of 2021-09-21]

  1. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, Patrick Egan, et al.

  2. The Pragmatic Programmer: 20th Anniversary Edition, 2nd Edition: Your Journey to Mastery by David Thomas, Andrew Hunt, et al.

  3. Dune by Frank Herbert, Scott Brick, et al.

  4. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, Jonathan Davis, et al.

  5. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward, et al.

  6. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, Steve West, et al.

  7. The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition Don Norman by Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

  8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

  9. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, William Dufris, et al.

  10. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M Pirsig

Show HN: 40k HN comments mentioning books, extracted using deep learning´ | Hacker News

tracyhenry [op]:

  • This book aggregation idea is not new. A bunch of sites have done similar things

  • Simply matching the names of the books would produce a whole lot of irrelevant results.

  • This is where Deep Learning comes into play.

    • fine-tune a BERT model on a couple thousand labeled HN comments and predict accurately whether each word in a comment is part of a book or not - a task commonly termed as Named Entity Recognition (NER).


Interesting idea but not completely accurate. My own comment about how I hated Thinking, Fast and Slow seems to be counted as a recommendation.