#019 | The Robustness of your Mental Toughness

Weekly newsletter on Natural Language Processing (#NLP365), Entrepreneurship, and Life Design content!

Hey friends,

This week has been a tough one, with deadlines and few unforeseeable problems and I would like to share my thoughts on mental toughness, specifically the robustness of your mental toughness.

Mental toughness means the ability to manage and overcome whatever emotions that holds you back from achieving something.

Mental toughness can be train and build over time. In fact, it’s one of the meta-skills that I have been actively developing over the last few years and I would say it has positively benefited my life.

BUT…. this week, I noticed something…

…that, I can be mentally tough in few areas but there are some areas that I simply do not have the same level of mental toughness 🤔

And when I look closer, I realised that it has nothing to do with the areas but the different emotions I was feeling in those different areas. I learned that there are certain emotions that we are more vulnerable to, either due to less exposure or simply the strength of the emotions being too much to handle.

In other words, one’s mental toughness is multi-dimensional in terms of emotions and the robustness of your mental toughness is determined by how different emotions affect you.

This week I finished reading:

  1. The Laws of Human Nature (26th Apr - In Progress)

Total: 35 / 26 books | 3 / 26 level 4 notes | 2 / 12 actions


❓Question of the Week

What do you do to actively train your mental toughness? How robust do you think your mental toughness is?

Share your thoughts by replying to this email. I would love to hear from you! 👻 👻 👻


🐦 Tweet of the Week

💡 Quote of the Week

On the back of his or her business card write notes to remind you of the conversation: his favourite restaurant, sport, film, or drink; whom she admires, where she grew up, a high school honour; or maybe a joke he told. In your next communication, toss off a reference to the favourite restaurant, film, movie, drink, hometown, high school prize — How to Talk to Anyone

🔥 Recommendation(s) of the Week

For May 2021, we are working on new habits that surrounds the theme of wellness and health. This involves forming at least one of the three daily habits:

  1. Read for at least 2 minutes

  2. Exercise for at least 2 minutes

  3. Sleep for at least 7 hours

If you are interested in joining May’s Habit of the Month challenge, please join Zeroton’s Slack Channel here.


🔦 AI Research - Papers

Pooled Contextualized Embeddings for Named Entity Recognition

Contextualised word embeddings produce a different embeddings for the same word depending on the context in which the word appears in. Contextualised word embeddings have shown to achieve SOTA results when applied to sequence labelling tasks. They are usually based on character-level language models, which means that they can generate string embeddings for any words in the text. However, this approach struggles to produce effective embeddings for rare words in underspecified context.

The paper proposed a dynamic method to aggregate contextualised embeddings of every single unique string in the text and use a pooling operation to create the final global word presentation from all contextualised instances. This approach produces evolving word representation that changes over time as the model encounter the same word in the document

The proposed method achieved SOTA in NER task in both the CoNLL03 and WNUT datasets.


🎥 This Week on YouTube

Due to unforeseeable challenges, there will be no new youtube video this week! I will try to get back to speed as soon as possible. Meanwhile, here’s the video from last week 😊


That’s it for this week! I hope you find something useful from this newsletter. More to come next Sunday! Have a good week ahead! 🎮

More of me on YouTubeTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.