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data augmentation is related to this analogy-formation thing #261
i think that people doing data-augmentation are really kind of providing evidence like "this thing is like this other thing, and not like this particular thing"
so there's a way of framing data-augmentation as a kind of re-shuffling of categories of knowledge
i.e. heres a person, and they're the same if we rotate them, and so on, so all those images of rotated people are still people
c.f. i just learned that this person is a man, that means all these other people that i didn't know about are men, and that rules out these people being men, etc ...
there's some kind of strong relation here