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Daniel Tunkelang: Software Patents: A Tax on Innovation

New Zealand just abolished software patents. Good on ya, mates!And, a few weeks ago, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report entitledIntellectual...

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Daniel Tunkelang: Remembering Gene

Gene Golovchinsky died last week. He had just turned 48, far too young to be taken from us. I was fortunate to have seen him recently -- I had dinner with him at...

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Daniel Tunkelang: Search: What's Cooking in the Lab

Every year, top information retrieval researchers from around the world gather for the SIGIR conference, organized by the Association of Computing Machinery. It's...

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Daniel Tunkelang: Find and be Found: Information Retrieval at LinkedIn

xShakti Sinha and I had the honor to present our work on LinkedIn search at the 36th Annual ACM SIGIR Conference in Dublin, Ireland. SIGIR is the world's top conference...

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Daniel Tunkelang: Search Relevance 101

If you're an engineer who lives and breathes search relevance, then this post isn't for you. Hopefully you're attending SIGIR in Dublin later this month, where ...

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Daniel Tunkelang: Think Outside the Black Box

When you use a search engine, chances are that you spend most of your time either narrowing or broadening. Narrowing -- which begins as soon as you start entering...

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Daniel Tunkelang: Search as Communication: A Personal Journey

When I was invited to give a talk at Etsy's Code as Craft series, I decided to try something different. After all, Etsy is a marketplace of unique, hand-made items...

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Daniel Tunkelang: Enterprise Search: Getting There From Here

This morning, I had the privilege to deliver the keynote address at the Enterprise Search Summit in New York.My title, "Enterprise Search: How Do We Get There From...

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Daniel Tunkelang: Big Data, We Have A Communication Problem

Earlier this week I had the pleasure to participate in the TTI/Vanguard Conference on Ginormous Systems. Not just Big Data, but Ginormous Data! I'd never heardGordon...

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Daniel Tunkelang: The Cold Start Problem

People who bought this item also bought...If you've ever shopped online, then you're familiar with recommendations that rely on collaborative filtering, predicting...

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Daniel Tunkelang: Things I Carry: A Little Cache

When I was asked what I carry with me all the time, my first reaction was that I don't take anything with me. Well, nothing other than my smartphone. All I carry...

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Daniel Tunkelang: [In]formation Retrieval: Search at LinkedIn

Shakti Sinha and I had the pleasure of talking about LinkedIn's search technology to the Bay Area Search Meetup. We're grateful to Brian Johnson and his eBay colleagues...

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Daniel Tunkelang: Secrecy Doesn't Scale

A little bit of math explains why.Consider a model where each individual in an organization of n people leaks a particular piece of sensitive information withless...

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Daniel Tunkelang: How to Interview a Data Scientist

The O'Reilly Strata Conference brings together an incredible community of people working on big data. This year, I decided to do something different for my presentation...

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Daniel Tunkelang: Are We Too Afraid of Firing?

If you work in the software industry, your employer can probably fire you at any time, for any or no reason. That's because most software companies offer at-will...

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Daniel Tunkelang: Data Science: What's in a Name?

Explore. Hypothesize. Test. Repeat.That's what scientists do. We explore the world around us, come up with hypotheses that generalize our observations, and then...

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Daniel Tunkelang: Brevity is the Soul of Relevance

Mark Twain famously apologized for writing a long letter, saying that "If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter." Actually, it was Blaise Pascal...

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Daniel Tunkelang: Let's Invert the Performance Review!

Most professionals dread performance reviews. And who can blame them? Some employees fear being judged and found wanting; others see the process as pointless bureaucracy...

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Daniel Tunkelang: Ants, Brains and Politics: Computational Social Science at Stanford

Earlier this month, I had the privilege to participate in Stanford's second annual conference on computational social science. Held by the Institute for Research...

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Daniel Tunkelang: Facebook, Welcome to the HCIR Club!

If you follow technology news, then you've surely heard about the new "graph search" tool that Facebook unveiled today. I haven't had a chance to play with it yet...
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