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When Is Faceted Search Appropriate?

Earlier this week, Peter Morville and Mark Burrell presented a UIE virtual seminar on “Leveraging Search & Discovery Patterns For Great Online Experiences“. It sold out! And I thought Pete Bell and I had done well with our seminar on faceted search! But I’m hardly surprised. Although I wasn’t able to attend it myself, I [...] → Read More: When Is Faceted Search Appropriate?

MSRA Anthem

The two lines in the chorus,”Where people work so hard and play harder” and”Let’s turn our ideas into reality” areHon’s contribution.MSRA Anthem words by Tetsuya Sakai and Hsiao-Wuen Hon music by Tetsuya SakaiAsus4 A Asus4 A Gsus4 G Gsus4 GA … → Read More: MSRA Anthem

What You Can Find Out

The Edge has published their annual question for 2010:
HOW IS THE INTERNET CHANGING THE WAY YOU THINK?
As an Information Retrieval research scientist, I of course was quite interested in what search folks had to say.  I found this blurb from Marissa Mayer intriguing:
It’s not what you know, it’s what you can find out. The Internet [...] → Read More: What You Can Find Out

Google Click Fraud Inflates Conversion Rates and Tricks Advertisers into Overpaying

In today’s post, I show click fraud with a twist. Like standard click fraud, this infraction
completely fakes clicks — charging advertisers for clicks that didn’t actually occur. But this click fraud is
carefully targeted — faking a click to t… → Read More: Google Click Fraud Inflates Conversion Rates and Tricks Advertisers into Overpaying

Google Click Fraud Inflates Conversion Rates and Tricks Advertisers into Overpaying

In today’s post, I show click fraud with a twist. Like standard click fraud, this infraction
completely fakes clicks — charging advertisers for clicks that didn’t actually occur. But this click fraud is
carefully targeted — faking a click to t… → Read More: Google Click Fraud Inflates Conversion Rates and Tricks Advertisers into Overpaying

Can You “Near Me Now”?

Weren’t we just talking about what’s different about mobile search use cases and about how to make web search more exploratory? I may be biased, but I think that Google’s recently launched “near me now” button is a step in the right direction (no pun intended!) on both of these fronts. I’m curious to hear [...] → Read More: Can You “Near Me Now”?

Guilty pleasures

Bertrand Russell’s practically-minded grandmother used to disapprovingly refer to his studies of higher mathematics as “this life you are leading”. I have my own bookish degeneracy, namely, books. When at work I think with guilty pleasure of getting home, getting into my armchair, and reading. Besides reading, my preferred pastime is — [...] → Read More: Guilty pleasures

Fight the cold with hot live music

Minus sixteen degrees celcius outside?Come inside and join the world’s hottest lab! → Read More: Fight the cold with hot live music

Search versus Recommendation: Not The Only Tension

Greg Linden has an interesting post on Search on a domain like YouTube.  I reproduce it here because I would like to elaborate on it:
The article focuses on YouTube’s “plans to rely more heavily on personalization and ties between users to refine recommendations” and “suggesting videos that users may want to watch based on what [...] → Read More: Search versus Recommendation: Not The Only Tension

Google Still Charging Advertisers for Conversion-Inflation Traffic from WhenU Spyware

In February and May 2009, I reported Google paying WhenU spyware to cover selected sites with those sites’ own Google PPC ads. These bogus placements perpetrate a practice I call “conversion inflation”: They let Google claim credit for purchases that w… → Read More: Google Still Charging Advertisers for Conversion-Inflation Traffic from WhenU Spyware