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CFP: JCDL 2011

The 2011 ACM / IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2011) will take place June 13-17, 2011 in Ottawa, Canada. The JCDL conference series brings together researchers and practitioners interested in the application of technology to libraries and librarianship.
The theme for JCDL 2011 is “Digital Libraries: Bringing Together Scholars, Scholarship and Research Data”, in recognition [...] → Read More: CFP: JCDL 2011

The Element of Surprise

Surprise is not a word that user interface designers typically like to hear. Indeed, the principle of least surprise (also called the principle of least astonishment) is that systems should always strive to act in a way that least surprises the user. Like many interface design principles, the principle of least surprise reflects the premise [...] → Read More: The Element of Surprise

DIR 2011 – Call for Papers

The primary aim of DIR is to provide an international meeting
place where researchers from the domain of information retrieval and related disciplines can exchange information and present innovative research developments. DIR 2011 will put special emphasis on interaction – by focusing on poster presentations and creating space and time to meet and discuss new ideas. → Read More: DIR 2011 – Call for Papers


Somebody named ITALONSOG posted a video that describes the motivation and some of the approach to real-time video capture implemented in NudgeCam, which John Adcock wrote about earlier. The video, set to Usher’s OMG (feat. Will.I.Am), consists of stills with Spanish text and some nifty “high-tech” backgrounds, and features a mug shot of FXPALer John [...] → Read More: NudgeCam.I.Am

Review utility and reviewer gender

Another interesting paper at CIKM was “Inferring Gender of Movie Reviewers: Exploiting Writing Style, Content, and Metadata” (no link because the ACM digital library is currently broken), by Jahna Otterbacher. Working with a crawl of top-rated IMDB reviews for popular movies, the paper builds a logistic regression model for predicting reviewer gender. Features [...] → Read More: Review utility and reviewer gender

Susan Dumais CIKM 2010 Keynote: Temporal Dynamics in Information Retrieval

I am still catching up on a backlog of items from last week.Here are more of Michael’s notes from Susan Dumais’ keynote presentation at CIKM 2010 that addressed the impact of time on web search. Gene also has his notes from the presentation. Change in … → Read More: Susan Dumais CIKM 2010 Keynote: Temporal Dynamics in Information Retrieval

Reverted indexes considered further

Gene and Jeremy have disputed two assertions about index reversion made in my previous post. The first is that (1,10) normalization strips term occurences of their IDF factor. The second is that the cutoff depth used in creating the reverted corpus sets an upper bound on reverted term DF.

Let me say immediately that [...] → Read More: Reverted indexes considered further

1st CFP for NTCIR-9 INTENT and 1CLICK out now!

NTCIR-9 runs seven tasks:Intent (INTENT), Recognizing Inference in TExt (RITE), Geotemporal Information Retrieval (GeoTime), IR for Spoken Documents (SpokenDoc), Cross-Lingual Link Discovery (CrossLink), Interactive Visual Exploration (Vis-Ex) and Pate… → Read More: 1st CFP for NTCIR-9 INTENT and 1CLICK out now!

Yahoo! Open Sources S4 Real-Time MapReduce framework

Today Yahoo! announced the release of a new real-time MapReduce framework written in Java called S4. From the website,S4 is a general-purpose, distributed, scalable, partially fault-tolerant, pluggable platform that allows programmers to easily develop… → Read More: Yahoo! Open Sources S4 Real-Time MapReduce framework

Google Open Sources Sawzall

Google today open sourced sawzall, see the original publication. From its description,Sawzall is a procedural language developed for parallel analysis of very large data sets (such as logs). It provides protocol buffer handling, regular expression sup… → Read More: Google Open Sources Sawzall