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I recognize that my participation in the gig economy is hardly representative of most people’s…
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I recognize that my participation in the gig economy is hardly representative of most people’s…

I recognize that my participation in the gig economy is hardly representative of most people’s experience. Indeed, I wrote a post about “The Hook-Up Economy” (https...

Query Expansion
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Query Expansion

A key application of query rewriting is increasing recall — that is, matching a larger set of relevant results. In extreme cases… Continue reading on Query Understanding...

Martin, I don’t envy you the challenge of trying to improve search for clients who value search…
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Martin, I don’t envy you the challenge of trying to improve search for clients who value search…

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How To Improve Your Search Experience
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How To Improve Your Search Experience

As a high-class consultant, I spend a lot of time helping companies improve their search experiences. Every company has a unique set of… Continue reading on Medium...

Query Rewriting: An Overview
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Query Rewriting: An Overview

Thus far, we’ve focused on query understanding at the character and token level. It’s time move up the stack, on to entities and the query… Continue reading on...

Lots of good stuff in there.
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Lots of good stuff in there.

Of course, the most annoying thing is an unexpected, unsolicited phone call. Once I’ve determined that it’s a legitimate aggressive sales… Continue reading on ...

Stemming and Lemmatization
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Stemming and Lemmatization

Different forms of a word often communicate essentially the same meaning. For example, there’s probably no difference in intent between a… Continue reading on ...

I’ve done both.
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I’ve done both.

I’ve done both. Much of the work I do involves helping teams with prioritization, evaluation, choosing among architectural or algorithmic options, hiring, etc....

Living The Dream
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Living The Dream

A year ago, I decided to take a break from full-time employment and explore a mix of consulting, advising, writing, and speaking. Continue reading on Medium »

Spelling Correction
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Spelling Correction

Spelling correction is a must-have for any modern search engine. Continue reading on Query Understanding »

Tokenization
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Tokenization

Now that we can handle characters, let’s move on to words. Continue reading on Query Understanding »

I don’t have any easy answers.
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I don’t have any easy answers.

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I feel strongly that we should have non-exclusive ownership of our raw behavioral data — that’s…
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I feel strongly that we should have non-exclusive ownership of our raw behavioral data — that’s…

But I’m not convinced that we should have any inherent rights to inferences that companies make from observing our behavior. Especially if… Continue reading on...

Nice post.
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Nice post.

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Privatizing Our Past
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Privatizing Our Past

The essence of machine learning is learning from data. Since we can only learn from past data, machine learning uses our knowledge of the… Continue reading on ...

Democratizing Reputation
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Democratizing Reputation

I was an early adopter of LinkedIn. As one of the first 50K people to join the platform in 2003, I started blogging about it in 2008 and… Continue reading on ...

Character Filtering
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Character Filtering

Search queries are made up of characters. It’s easy to take characters for granted; indeed, people who have never implemented a search… Continue reading on Query...

Language Identification
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Language Identification

Queries are the primary way that searchers communicate with search engines. But it’s difficult to get started with query understanding… Continue reading on Query...

Overcoming Information Asymmetry
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Overcoming Information Asymmetry

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post entitled “Information Asymmetry in the Workplace” that discussed compensation in the Alliance… Continue reading on »

Introduction
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Introduction

Search engines are so core to our digital experience that we take them for granted. Most of us cannot remember the web without Google to… Continue reading on Query...
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