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I enjoy other bloggers’ link aggregations, so I’ve decided to do my own.

Ben Edelman demonstrates that Google biases its search results towards its own services, even when other, lower-ranked links get more click-throughs — BenEdelman.

Strike one for pessimists! Ben Carterette and Ian Soboroff (SIGIR 2010; yes, six months old, but only just read) find that optimistic assessors do much more harm to evaluation reliability than pessimistic assessors do — doi and free version.

The University of Melbourne logo appears on umbrellas, beanies, scarves, water bottles, shorts, and teddy bears, but you’re strictly not allowed to put it on your PhD thesis, lest you cheapen the brand with scholarly associations (thanks to Alex Stivala for the tip).

A memorable term from Paul Kerdosky: data exhaust, “the unintended information we throw off in our daily activities”.

Also from Paul: algorithmic search is failing, and curation is going to be the new search.

Daniel Lemire argues for the re-introduction of Athenian-style demarchy — rule by randomness. (We still do juries this way, mind you…)

Really nice word association visualizations from Chris Harrison (thanks to Bob Carpenter).

The translation of Gelman and Hill’s “Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models” rejected by the Chinese censor as too politically sensitive.

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