Around Valentine’s Day in the US and UK, these things called candy hearts (or conversation hearts or sweethearts) appear: small and sugary, bearing a simple, short Valentine’s message. There are only room for a few characters, so they read something like “LOVE YOU” or “CALL ME” or “BE MINE”.
I collected all the genuine heart messages I could find, and then gave them to a learning algorithm called a neural network. Given a set of data, a neural network will learn the patterns that let it imitate the original data - although its imitation is sometimes imperfect. The candy heart messages it produced… well, you be the judge.
The neural net did produce some that would pass for - and arguably improve upon - the standard messages.
Others were in the same spirit, but perhaps not quite as effective.
YOU A LOVE
YOU ARE BABE
ME MY <3
YOU ARE IT
FANCY MY HERO
Others were, um, strange. I don’t know what they mean, but some of them might work on me.
PIN A FACE
BE A GOOL
TWEET UP BAT
These will probably not be one of the standard messages anytime soon.
LOVE 2000 HOGSYEA
HOW U HOT
YOU ARE BOA
YOU A GOO
YOU ARE BAG
There was yet another category of message, a category you might be able to predict given the prevalence of four-letter words in the original dataset. The neural network thought of some nice new four-letter words to use. Unfortunately, some of those words already had other meanings. Let’s just say that the overall effect was surprisingly suggestive. Fill out the form here and I’ll send them to you.
Also, if you need more love help from the neural network, check out the pick up lines it wrote.
Heart pictures made using https://cryptogram.com/hearts/
UPDATE: MORE HEARTS!