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Google eBooks

So Google has unveiled its eBook store, setting itself up to compete with Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and everyone else selling books. Google offers its editions through the browser and on a range of devices such as Android phones and the iPad. The reading experience on the browser on my laptop was OK: not great, but the [...] → Read More: Google eBooks

No such thing as bad press?

A recent NY Times article exposed the machinations of a sleazy guy who ran an online business that relied on links — positive, negative, whatever — to his web site that caused it to be promoted in Google search results. In fact, he found that by being nasty to his customers, his rankings improved. The [...] → Read More: No such thing as bad press?


Those of you who’ve followed this blog and Jeremy Pickens’ blog will recall his many comments about Google’s un-Googly behavior. Recently, Benjamin Edelman actually tested the hypothesis about Google injecting bias into organic results. His post details several kinds of queries that don’t produce organic results. Which ones? Ones that are related to Google properties [...] → Read More: Evidence

A platform for interactive search research

In her recent CIKM 2010 keynote address, Sue Dumais emphasized the importance of time to the understanding of to structure search over web collections. It was an provocative and inspiring talk, but one that left me with a sense of futility: how does a research group that doesn’t have access to a large scale search engine [...] → Read More: A platform for interactive search research

Slides from CIKM 2010 Reverted Indexing talk

Slides from our conference presentation on reverted indexing are now online. → Read More: Slides from CIKM 2010 Reverted Indexing talk

On term selection in reverted indexing

Jeremy Pickens contributed to this post.
Jeremy did a great job of presenting our Reverted Indexing paper, but the short session made it difficult to answer all questions and comments thoroughly. For example, William Webber wrote up a post summarizing our work, in which he observed
The authors surmise that the reverted index is more effective because it [...] → Read More: On term selection in reverted indexing

Sue Dumais at CIKM 2010

Sue Dumais of MSR gave an excellent keynote address at CIKM last week, in which she emphasized the temporal nature of collections used for information retrieval and of the way people access information on the web. This was by far the most user-oriented talk at the conference that I attended, and a refreshing change from [...] → Read More: Sue Dumais at CIKM 2010

A future of search

Jamie Callan of CMU gave an interesting and thought-provoking keynote talk at CIKM 2010. While traditionally search engines have been used in a more or less direct manner to identify useful documents that the user would then (manually) incorporate into other tasks, Jamie suggested a new class of applications that would use search engines for [...] → Read More: A future of search