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Promoted Search: A Follow-Up
From The Noisy Channel

Promoted Search: A Follow-Up

My post on promoted search results drew some pointed feedback. People asked me what kind of promoted search behavior I deem acceptable, as well as whether I saw...

#Internet4All around the Globe in 2019: A Recap of UA Ambassador Work
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

#Internet4All around the Globe in 2019: A Recap of UA Ambassador Work

By Dušan Stojičević, Vice Chair of the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) 2019 was a busy and productive year for the UASG as we worked to spread awareness...

Thoughts on Promoted Search Results
From The Noisy Channel

Thoughts on Promoted Search Results

I’m not a fan of ads. So you might expect me to be violently opposed to promoted search results — search engine results that are optimized for something other than...

Current CS 124 Stats
From My Biased Coin

Current CS 124 Stats

This is as much personal recording for me (and perhaps of interest to Harvard people who read the blog).  But also putting the numbers here for others to know for...

ITCS 2020, Reflections
From My Biased Coin

ITCS 2020, Reflections

I've spent Sunday/Monday at ITCS, or Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science, where I am giving a talk on this paper on Scheduling with Prediction and the Price...

Universal Acceptance Continues Momentum During ICANN66
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Universal Acceptance Continues Momentum During ICANN66

By Dr. Ajay Data, chair of the UASG; founder and CEO of XgenPlus I am invigorated after returning from ICANN66, which took place in Montréal 2-7 November. Always...

When There’s No Conversion Rate
From The Noisy Channel

When There’s No Conversion Rate

If your business depends on search, it’s critical to track search effectiveness using an evaluation methodology. In my experience, most organizations rely on implicit...

Measuring Search Effectiveness
From The Noisy Channel

Measuring Search Effectiveness

Delivering effective search starts with defining how to measure effectiveness.The information retrieval community has been evaluating search for decades. Established...

Defining relevance is a topic in its own right.
From The Noisy Channel

Defining relevance is a topic in its own right.

Defining relevance is a topic in its own right. You typically collect either explicit human judgments or implicit judgements from behavior, and then you use those...

Allston :  Students Should Speak Up
From My Biased Coin

Allston : Students Should Speak Up

I have had (as is pretty usual for me) some number of lunches with students this semester, and many of them asked me about the Computer Science move to Allston....

Supporting the Searcher’s Journey: When and How
From The Noisy Channel

Supporting the Searcher’s Journey: When and How

Sometimes, search is simple. The searcher types a few words into the search box, retrieves a ranked list of results, and selects the right one. Easy peasy.Other...

I think the even more interesting case for using supply or demand is where supply vastly outstrips…
From The Noisy Channel

I think the even more interesting case for using supply or demand is where supply vastly outstrips…

I think the even more interesting case for using supply or demand is where supply vastly outstrips demand and most intents are in the tail, e.g., searching through...

You already see it on Amazon.
From The Noisy Channel

You already see it on Amazon.

You already see it on Amazon. Do a search for “matrix”: not only do you only see Keanu Reeves movie results on the first page, but the left rail focuses on movies...

Search: Intent, Not Inventory
From The Noisy Channel

Search: Intent, Not Inventory

When I enter a physical store, my intent is “I want to buy X” or “I’m looking for something in order to do X.” It’s not “Show me the products that satisfy characteristics...

Crimson Editorial on Allston
From My Biased Coin

Crimson Editorial on Allston

This was the first Crimson editorial I can recall about the upcoming move computer science will be making to Allston next year. I'd encourage students (both undergraduate...

Are the World’s Top Websites Truly Accessible for Global Audiences?
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Are the World’s Top Websites Truly Accessible for Global Audiences?

Are the World’s Top Websites Truly Accessible for Global Audiences? An Evaluation of Acceptance of Email Addresses in 2019. By Mark W. Datysgeld, UASG Ambassador...

Harvard Admissions Lawsuit Decision Out
From My Biased Coin

Harvard Admissions Lawsuit Decision Out

As someone who reads a significant number of court documents and decisions (I still do expert witness work), I can recommend for your reading pleasure the very....

Meet UASG Vice Chair Dušan Stojičević
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Meet UASG Vice Chair Dušan Stojičević

Hello, my name is Душан Стојичевић. If you can’t read Serbian, how about Dušan Stojičević. Still having issues with pronouncing my name? Let’s try Dusan Stojicevic...

Changing Times
From My Biased Coin

Changing Times

An old friend from college sent me an e-mail, and it got me thinking.  When I was an undergraduate at Harvard some significant number of years ago, I took the graduate...

Off to ALGO/ESA 2019
From My Biased Coin

Off to ALGO/ESA 2019

I'm shortly hopping on a plane to head to ALGO/ESA.  I'll be giving a survey-ish talk on Learning Augmented Algorithms, covering my work so far in the area as well...
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