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Off to Geneva for SIGIR

I’m flying to Geneva tonight to attend SIGIR. Hope to see some of you there! I’ll be back in a week and will post highlights and personal reactions.
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Google’s Amit Singhal tells us about the dreams search engines are made of

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Google’s Amit Singhal tells us about the dreams search engines are made of

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“Economic Impact Assessment of NIST’s Text REtrieval Conference (TREC) Program”

Thanks to your feedback,
“…this study estimates that TREC’s existence was responsible for approximately one-third of an improvement of more than 200% in web search products that was observed between 1999 and 2009.”
More here.
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The War on Attention Poverty: Measuring Twitter Authority

I gave this presentation today at AT&T Labs, hosted by Stephen North of Graphviz fame. The talk was recorded, but I don’t know when the video will be available. In the mean time, here are the slides. The audience was very engaged and questioned just about all of the TunkRank model’s assumptions. I’m hopeful that as [...] → Read More: The War on Attention Poverty: Measuring Twitter Authority

Recruiting and a Lesson in Attention Scarcity

Several people have asked me recently for advice on how to recruit for their tech startups. I’ve responded by digging out the following email that someone emailed me last year. I reproduce it in full here, minus the company name: Subject: we just got Beatles Rock Band for the office and are looking for a [...] → Read More: Recruiting and a Lesson in Attention Scarcity

Paul Adams’s Presentation on Social Networking

This presentation by Paul Adams, lead for User Research for Social at Google, has been making the rounds in the blogosphere. It’s long (over 200 slides!) but well worth the time to read it, even if you’re already familiar with the ethnography of online social behavior. It touches on all things online and social, from [...] → Read More: Paul Adams’s Presentation on Social Networking

EVIA and NTCIR

The latest iteration of the NTCIR effort, NTCIR-8, has concluded. NTCIR is a collaborative information retrieval forum, focusing on tasks in East Asian languages (currently Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, plus English); it is otherwise known as “the Asian TREC”. The proceedings are available online.

This year was my first at NTCIR. [...] → Read More: EVIA and NTCIR

Beyond Social Currency

A research study I like enough to have blogged about it a few times is Princeton sociologist Matt Salganik‘s dissertation work on music preferences and social contagion. For those unfamiliar with this work, here is the abstract of his Science article “Experimental Study of Inequality and Unpredictability in an Artificial Cultural Market” (co-authored with Peter Dodds [...] → Read More: Beyond Social Currency

CIKM reviewing: too much and too little

I’ve just finished my CIKM 2010 reviewing assignments, and have come out of the process with a number of questions:

Is nine papers too many to review?
This year, I was assigned nine papers to review. Last year it was five. For SIGIR (if my own local cache of reviews is to be believed) it [...] → Read More: CIKM reviewing: too much and too little