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Is Relevance Part of the Problem?
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Is Relevance Part of the Problem?

Much of the innovation in information retrieval and recommender systems focuses on better targeting in order to improve relevance. Those of us who develop suchin...

Thanks Tony!
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Thanks Tony!

Thanks Tony! And you’re right thatI’m oversimplifying. My excuse is that it was already a 2,000-word post. :-)

Search: The Whole Story
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Search: The Whole Story

Query understanding and relevance are key aspects of search, but they don’t tell the whole story. A holistic framework for search calls for a broader perspective...

Search Engines: A Human Perspective
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Search Engines: A Human Perspective

At first glance, the design and development of search engines appear to be concerned mainly with computer science — particularly information retrieval, machine,...

Reflecting on TunkRank
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Reflecting on TunkRank

One of my earliest blog posts was “A Twitter Analog to PageRank”, in which I proposed a simple measure for Twitter influence.As the title indicates, the measure...

I recommend the links at the bottom of Peter Norvig’s post: https://norvig.com/spell-correct.html
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I recommend the links at the bottom of Peter Norvig’s post: https://norvig.com/spell-correct.html

I recommend the links at the bottom of Peter Norvig’s post: https://norvig.com/spell-correct.html

Mike, I appreciate your detailed response.
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Mike, I appreciate your detailed response.

Mike, I appreciate your detailed response. And I agree that there are worse possible worlds than our present one — specifically, that replacing disclosed advertising...

Are Ads Really That Bad?
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Are Ads Really That Bad?

Long-time readers know that I’m not a fan of ads. Specifically, I’m not a fan of ad-supported business models. But is that just a matter of personal taste? Or does...

Activate 2018: Search in Practice
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Activate 2018: Search in Practice

I don’t always attend conferences. But when I do, I prefer conferences full of search practitioners focused on solving real-world problems.I just came back from...

Thanks for the kind words.
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Thanks for the kind words.

Thanks for the kind words. As for how to get your team to approach query understanding, it’s hard to give generic advice. But if you can find a way to categorize...

Query Understanding, Divided into Three Parts
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Query Understanding, Divided into Three Parts

Julius Caesar started his famous text on the Gallic wars with the sentence “Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres.”Like Gaul, query understanding is, as a whole...

Thanks for the shout-out!
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Thanks for the shout-out!

Thanks for the shout-out! I also recommend Giovanni Fernandez-Kincade’s posts on the subject, which you can find at https://medium.com/related-works-inc.

Thanks Vibhu.
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Thanks Vibhu.

Thanks Vibhu. There are a lot of published case studies about A/B testing in general, but I’m not sure what’s published specifically about A/B testing for search...

Thoughts about Managing Search Teams
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Thoughts about Managing Search Teams

There are lots of articles out there telling you how to be a good manager. This isn’t one of them. This post is specifically directed at people who manage search...

Real Talk About Synonyms and Search
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Real Talk About Synonyms and Search

When I talk to software engineers and product managers about improving their search engines, the conversation often leads to query expansion, and specifically synonyms...

I can’t share those details, but I can say that geography certainly impact latency when you’re…
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I can’t share those details, but I can say that geography certainly impact latency when you’re…

I can’t share those details, but I can say that geography certainly impact latency when you’re serving from the cloud, especially when you are doing query processing...

Search: Should You Build, Buy, or Borrow?
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Search: Should You Build, Buy, or Borrow?

Search: Should You Build, Buy, Or Borrow?A challenge that many companies face is deciding whether to build, buy, or borrow their core search technology. As with...

Thanks Shawn!
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Thanks Shawn!

Thanks Shawn! I think that Amazon was the first place that I saw this flow, and it certainly inspired my team’s work at LinkedIn. Amazon’s price sort can still...

I agree that the search engine can only do so much to make up for poorly structured data.
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I agree that the search engine can only do so much to make up for poorly structured data.

I agree that the search engine can only do so much to make up for poorly structured data. If you look at one my “shopping is hard” post, you’ll see that my top...

Why is it so hard to sort by price?
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Why is it so hard to sort by price?

A common use case for online shopping is searching for products — say, coffee makers — and then sorting the results by price, from low to high, in order to find...
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