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Twitter and CEOs

Thanks to Theo Huibers for pointing out to an article in Forbes about Why Europe’s CEOs should Twitter.The article reports that unlike their counterpart in the USA, the CEOs of European companies are being slow in embracing the Twitter tool. In gener… → Read More: Twitter and CEOs

Grid@CLEF track : a framework for IR experimentation

Don’t be put of by the title, this isn’t a post about Grid Computing. Instead, I’m going to talk about the Grid@CLEF task, which defines a framework and TREC-style track for experimentation with various components of IR systems. Disclaimer: I’m pleased… → Read More: Grid@CLEF track : a framework for IR experimentation

Building Terrier by Open Collaboration

An important benefit of having an open source IR platform, like Terrier, is that users of the platform can contribute code to the platform, and overall, everyone gains. IR platforms which are not open source may be popular, but can stagnate if it does … → Read More: Building Terrier by Open Collaboration

Craig successfully defends his thesis

I am pleased to announce that last Thursday (15th January), I successfully defended my thesis, titled the Voting Model for People Search. I want to give many thanks to Iadh Ounis for supervising my PhD, and also to my committee: convener David Watt, an… → Read More: Craig successfully defends his thesis

False and Deceptive Display Ads at Yahoo’s Right Media

Yahoo’s Right Media ad marketplace features widespread ads exactly designed to deceive. I present ten examples of these deceptive ads, and I critique their unwelcome characteristics. To estimate the prevalence of deceptive tactics, I examine Right Medi… → Read More: False and Deceptive Display Ads at Yahoo’s Right Media

False and Deceptive Display Ads at Yahoo’s Right Media

Yahoo’s Right Media ad marketplace features widespread ads exactly designed to deceive. I present ten examples of these deceptive ads, and I critique their unwelcome characteristics. To estimate the prevalence of deceptive tactics, I examine Right Medi… → Read More: False and Deceptive Display Ads at Yahoo’s Right Media

Terrier 2.2. released, with support for Hadoop Map Reduce indexing

I am pleased to announce that Terrier 2.2 was released, just before Christmas. While I have chosen only to increase the minor version number for this release, it a is substantial update, consisting of new support for Hadoop, a Hadoop Map Reduce indexin… → Read More: Terrier 2.2. released, with support for Hadoop Map Reduce indexing

SIGIR 2009 Information

Conference URLs:

SIGIR 2009 Homepage
SIGIR 2009 Facebook Event

Important Dates:

Jan 19, 2009
Abstracts for full research papers due

Jan 26, 2009
Full research paper submissions due

Feb 2, 2009
Workshop proposals due

Feb 23, 2009
Posters, dem… → Read More: SIGIR 2009 Information

Mining query logs

It is often reported in the literature how search engines can use their query logs to improve document ranking. However, the query logs could also be used for various mining activities. For example, an article in The New York Times described how a powe… → Read More: Mining query logs

The TREC 2008 Blog track workshop

We just came back from Gaithersburg a few days ago. It was a nice (and cold!) week at the TREC 2008 conference. Besides presenting the main results of our participation in the Blog, Enterprise, and Relevance Feedback tracks, we had fruitful discussions… → Read More: The TREC 2008 Blog track workshop