We decided to see if we could train an image classification model to recognize something as ethereal as 'basic'. We all know originality and banality when we see them, but can one quantify that? assign a score?
Training the Model
Instagram provides a data rich environment where we can analyze images for basicness. We trained our model on ~200 'basic' acounts: @totalfratmove, @kimkardashian, @avacado_toast and then gave our model ~200 photos from the instagram accounts of highly original artists: Tyler the Creator, Kanye West, James Bay, several photographers, The New Yorker, National geographic. The results were hilarious and shocking. We found that highly basic photos consistently scored in the 50%-70% confidence range.
This photo scored a ~70%. Suuuuper basic.
on the other hand
This photo of James Bay scored a 3%. Cool! Hip! Streets ahead!
Both of our team also got very ill (_well, one of our team got the rest of us very ill *cough cough laya *) and we had to head home before the expo.
That being said. We solved it. We solved for basicness.