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Contextual Query Understanding
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Contextual Query Understanding

So far, we’ve focused on understanding searchers based entirely on the words they type into the search box. But search doesn’t occur in a vacuum. In the next posts...

Simulated Annealing for JPEG Quantization
From My Biased Coin

Simulated Annealing for JPEG Quantization

I have a new paper on the arxiv (web page describing results, and full version** available) with two Harvard undergrads, Max Hopkins and Sebastian Wagner-Carrena...

Grace Hopper College
From My Biased Coin

Grace Hopper College

I hadn't seen the news about Yale renaming Calhoun College to Hopper College;  it just popped into one of my newslines here in the New York times.  I guess I hadn't...

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Machine Learning
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10 Things Everyone Should Know About Machine Learning

As someone who often finds himself explaining machine learning to non-experts, I offer the following list as a public service announcement. Machine learning means...

Autocomplete and User Experience
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Autocomplete and User Experience

The previous post focused on how to determine the best autocomplete suggestions based on query probability and query performance. In this post, we’ll dive intoscope...

You’re absolutely right about the number of suggestions, of course.
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You’re absolutely right about the number of suggestions, of course.

You’re absolutely right about the number of suggestions, of course. And it’s a good reminder that autocomplete user experience deserves its own post, which I promise...

Autocomplete
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Autocomplete

In the past decade, autocomplete has become a required feature for search engines. Today, searchers who type into a search box expect to see autocomplete suggestions...

I agree with the judge about the balance of hardships, but that in itself wouldn’t have been…
From The Noisy Channel

I agree with the judge about the balance of hardships, but that in itself wouldn’t have been…

I agree with the judge about the balance of hardships, but that in itself wouldn’t have been sufficient to grant the injunction. The judge also ruled that “hiQ...

On hiQ v. LinkedIn
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On hiQ v. LinkedIn

On August 14th, US District Judge Edward M. Chen granted a preliminary injunction to hiQ Labs in its case against LinkedIn. While I agree with part of the judge...

Best Post I've Read on the Google Memo
From My Biased Coin

Best Post I've Read on the Google Memo

After the shout-out to Meena, she suggested I might have more to say on the issue of the Google memo.  I (like I imagine so many others) have been following the...

Shout-out to Meena Boppana
From My Biased Coin

Shout-out to Meena Boppana

For some reason (Google*), I found myself thinking of former Harvard student Meena Boppana this week, and thought I'd link to some things, focusing on things she...

Here are a couple of relevant papers:
From The Noisy Channel

Here are a couple of relevant papers:

Here are a couple of relevant papers: Scaling Semantic Parsers with On-the-Fly Ontology Matching Ontology-Based Translation of Natural Language Queries to SPARQL...

Taxonomies and Ontologies
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Taxonomies and Ontologies

In order to understand queries, it’s important to ground that understanding in a knowledge base. Two common ways to represent a knowledge base are taxonomies and...

Current Harvard Oddness
From My Biased Coin

Current Harvard Oddness

It's summer.  And I'm now on sabbatical.  So perhaps I shouldn't care about strange Harvard politics goings-on, but I can't help it. Here's the tl;dr version, which...

Mitzenmacher and Upfal, 2nd Edition
From My Biased Coin

Mitzenmacher and Upfal, 2nd Edition

The word is that the 2nd edition of our book is now (finally) available/in stock at Amazon.  You can tell it's the 2nd edition, because the "Alice cover" is now...

In Praise of Spaghetti Code
From Blog@Ubiquity

In Praise of Spaghetti Code

Spaghetti code is not getting any respect. Software experts denigrate it; coding classes avoid it like the plague; and when students go out into the world, they...

STOC General Comment Page
From My Biased Coin

STOC General Comment Page

The 2017 STOC is over, and I thought it went very well.  The new format ran with what seemed to me to be minimal to non-existent glitches, and overall it sounded...

Prithiviraj, thanks for the kind words.
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Prithiviraj, thanks for the kind words.

Prithiviraj, thanks for the kind words. As for NER systems for English text only recognizing named entities in title case, that’s usually a function of how they...

Entity Recognition
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Entity Recognition

In the previous post on query scoping, we discussed query tagging as a special case of named-entity recognition (NER). In this post, we’ll dive a little bit deeper...

Is Computing in Reverse the Next Big Thing?
From Blog@Ubiquity

Is Computing in Reverse the Next Big Thing?

Some computer scientists and physicists are looking beyond the limits of current computing to “reversible computing.” The post Is Computing in Reverse the NextBLOG...
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