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CEDD descriptor for the ImageCLEF’s Wikipedia Retrieval task images

CEDD descriptor is available for the ImageCLEF’s Wikipedia Retrieval task images. Download the compressed file from here. For each image, a .cedd file contains the cedd descriptor. In order to calculate the distance between the descriptors you can use … → Read More: CEDD descriptor for the ImageCLEF’s Wikipedia Retrieval task images

Greplin: Personal Search for the Social Network Era

Greplin is a cloud search service that indexes your social network and personal information stored in web services. It provides a central hub for searching all your online data. Greplin is a small startup company with six engineers. Instead of buildin… → Read More: Greplin: Personal Search for the Social Network Era

ECIR 2011 + DDR 2011 in Dublin

Last week, a few of us attended ECIR 2011 in Dublin. The conference was a resounding success both in terms of its program and organisation. Compared to last year, the event was very well attended with about 250 delegates registered to the conferen… → Read More: ECIR 2011 + DDR 2011 in Dublin

A Gentle Introduction

Our book, Quantum Computing: A Gentle Introduction, has been out for a little over a month. So far, it has received as much attention from weaving blogs as science blogs, due to the card-woven bands on the cover. MIT press takes pride in their cover designs, but warns authors that  “schedules rarely allow for individual [...] → Read More: A Gentle Introduction

How much does time weigh?

As Miles wrote yesterday, our paper was accepted to SIGIR 2011. The idea that time has an impact in ranking documents is not new; the problem seems to be to know when to take it into consideration. For example, while Li and Croft showed improvements in ranking when incorporating the notion of recency, we found [...] → Read More: How much does time weigh?

The AppleEye controversy and the need for educating users

Ever since Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan published their discovery in the Where 2.0 conference, the popular press has been abuzz with sensational articles on how iPhones and iPads are recording your location in a secret file. The article itself misstates some key technical details. For one thing, the database is “hidden” because all the [...] → Read More: The AppleEye controversy and the need for educating users

TalkMiner update

Press release on TalkMiner. → Read More: TalkMiner update

ECIR 2011 Best Paper Awards and Other Highlights

First up are the best paper awards which were announced tonight. There were two awards, one for best paper and one for best student paper:A User-oriented Model for Expert Finding by Smirnova and Balog (best paper)A Methodology for Evaluating Aggregated… → Read More: ECIR 2011 Best Paper Awards and Other Highlights

Want to help make computer science history?

Scott Aaronson has been asked by MIT to put together a list of the top 150 events in computer science history as part of the celebration of MIT’s 150th anniversary. You can vote on the potential entries here (you will need to register by providing a login name, password, and e-mail address). For more information [...] → Read More: Want to help make computer science history?

Identifying Influencers on Twitter

One of the perks of working at LinkedIn is being surrounded by intellectually curious colleagues. I recently joined a reading group and signed up to lead our discussion of a WSDM 2011 paper on “Identifying ‘Influencers’ on Twitter” by Eytan Bakshy, Jake Hofman, Winter Mason, and Duncan Watts. It’s great to see the folks at […] → Read More: Identifying Influencers on Twitter