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Query Understanding
From The Noisy Channel

Query Understanding

This publication is a series of posts devoted to query understanding. Each post is self-contained, but there is a natural progression. If you’d like to read them...

ICANN70 Showcases Universal Acceptance (UA) Progress
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

ICANN70 Showcases Universal Acceptance (UA) Progress

During the ICANN70 Virtual Community Forum (22-25 March) and Prep Week (8-11 March), two Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) sessions highlighted the progress...

Join the UASG at ICANN70
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Join the UASG at ICANN70

The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) will be hosting two sessions during ICANN70 Prep Week and ICANN70 Virtual Community Forum, providing updates on UA...

UASG Finds Promising Results for Internationalized Email Support Among Global Systems
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

UASG Finds Promising Results for Internationalized Email Support Among Global Systems

By UASG Email Address Internationalization (EAI) Working Group - January 2021 Since its invention in 1971, sending and receiving emails has become cornerstone for...

Looking Back and Planning Ahead for Supporting a Diverse and Global Internet Universal Acceptance (UA) Readiness
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Looking Back and Planning Ahead for Supporting a Diverse and Global Internet Universal Acceptance (UA) Readiness

By Dr. Ajay Data, Chair of the UASG January 2021 2020 was a year unlike any other. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internet has provided people a...

Recall: Size Isn’t Everything
From The Noisy Channel

Recall: Size Isn’t Everything

Recall is a key measure of search quality that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. But how does a search engine recognize when recall is a problem?Size...

UASG Announces New Working Group Leadership for 2021
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

UASG Announces New Working Group Leadership for 2021

The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) Administrative Group is pleased to announce the UA working group leadership selections for the 2021 term (1 January...

The 3 Rs of Search: Relevance, Recall, and Ranking
From The Noisy Channel

The 3 Rs of Search: Relevance, Recall, and Ranking

In grade school, we were taught the three Rs: reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. In search, we can be thankful that the three Rs actually start with the letter R...

In Search of Recall
From The Noisy Channel

In Search of Recall

Search developers tend to focus most of their efforts on the first page of results. As a result, they prioritize investment in ranking models, with the goal ofprecision...

ADAPT:  Designing Activity-Informed Viral Diagnostic Assays
From My Biased Coin

ADAPT: Designing Activity-Informed Viral Diagnostic Assays

I wanted to give a pointer to a new preprint up on bioRxiv on developing diagnostic assays for viruses, by (first author) Hayden Metsky (and others!) out of the...

Putting Users Back In Control
From The Noisy Channel

Putting Users Back In Control

Francis Fukuyama, Barak Richman, and Ashish Goel recently published a piece in Foreign Affairs, which they ambitiously titled “How to Save Democracy From Technology...

TCS Connections Questionnaire
From My Biased Coin

TCS Connections Questionnaire

I wanted to link to a survey that is up entitled Committee on TCS Connections Questionnaire.  They are examining modifying approaches to publishing in the theoretical...

Facets of Faceted Search
From The Noisy Channel

Facets of Faceted Search

Faceted search is a fascinating topic. It’s a standard feature of site search, and one could write an entire book on the subject. In this post, I’ll focus on some...

ICANN69 Highlights Universal Acceptance Initiatives and Global Momentum
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

ICANN69 Highlights Universal Acceptance Initiatives and Global Momentum

During the ICANN69 Virtual Annual General Meeting, the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) hosted three sessions focused on Universal Acceptance (UA). Session...

Expanding on Explore-Exploit
From The Noisy Channel

Expanding on Explore-Exploit

A few years ago, I proposed a non-adversarial ad-supported model: an explore-exploit model, applicable to search engines and feeds, that aligns the interests of...

Support for Email Addresses in Local Languages Grows with Major Tech Companies
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Support for Email Addresses in Local Languages Grows with Major Tech Companies

By Mark Svancarek, Chair, EAI Working GroupMany people around the world are currently excluded from experiencing the full benefits of the Internet simply because...

Making Global Progress Towards an #Internet4All | Universal Acceptance Local Initiatives
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Making Global Progress Towards an #Internet4All | Universal Acceptance Local Initiatives

By Ajay Data, UASG Chair - 29 October 2020 Throughout the year, the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) spearheads global projects that raise awarenessMaking...

Wolf, thank you for these additional points.
From The Noisy Channel

Wolf, thank you for these additional points.

Wolf, thank you for these additional points. I agree that Peter Norvig’s post, while very educational, is a starting point to learn about spelling correction but...

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee!
From The Noisy Channel

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee!

In 1984, Robin Williams starred in Moscow on the Hudson as a Russian saxophonist who decides to defect from the USSR during a shopping trip to a New York department...

Learning from Friction to Improve the Search Experience
From The Noisy Channel

Learning from Friction to Improve the Search Experience

When we design search applications, we aspire to make the user experience frictionless. A search engine should “just work”, enabling searchers to easily express...
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