In the early days of machine learning, people were happy with heuristic and informal methods. Given the demand nowadays for rigorously principled approaches to machine learning, we have developed the following rigorously based index for determining big-shot status.
The BSI (or Big Shot Index) is a function of several variables:
Grades of Big-Shotness
There are three classes of big-shotness. When no particular class is mentioned, platinum grade is usually implied – platinum big-shots are the real big shots. The following thresholds have been approved by the JMLG board:
To best knowledge of the editors, the highest scoring big-shot has a score of 306.5. For legal reasons, we cannot name the individual. We would be happy to update this record if any reader can provide credible evidence.