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STOC Theory Fest Announcements
From My Biased Coin

STOC Theory Fest Announcements

There's a lot of new information up at the STOC web page http://acm-stoc.org/stoc2017/ about the amazing theory fest June 19-23 in Montreal.  In particular, most...

A Non-Adversarial Ad-Supported Model
From The Noisy Channel

A Non-Adversarial Ad-Supported Model

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that I’m not a big fan of ad-supported business models. It’s not just that I find ads annoying; I also see them as economically...

The end of ICE is near – or not?
From Blog@Ubiquity

The end of ICE is near – or not?

The internal combustion engine (ICE) has reigned supreme for over 100 years, but prognosticators are predicting its demise over the next few decades – or NOT, depending...

Thanks for the kind words!
From The Noisy Channel

Thanks for the kind words!

Thanks for the kind words!Stack Overflow and Quora certainly have reputation systems, and I love both sites. But I don’t feel either of them is focusing on being...

How could LinkedIn be disrupted?
From The Noisy Channel

How could LinkedIn be disrupted?

When I worked at LinkedIn, I focused on its mission of “connecting talent to opportunity at a massive scale”. Or, as I preferred to describe it, helping people...

Thanks for the kind words and for the heads up on the broken link, which I’ve now fixed.
From The Noisy Channel

Thanks for the kind words and for the heads up on the broken link, which I’ve now fixed.

Thanks for the kind words and for the heads up on the broken link, which I’ve now fixed. And good point about polo — a good reminder generally that all language...

Query Relaxation
From The Noisy Channel

Query Relaxation

In the previous post, we discussed query expansion as a way to increase recall. In this post we’ll discuss the other major technique for increasing recall: query...

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

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
From The Noisy Channel

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...

SIGACT Distinguished Service Prize Call, 2017
From My Biased Coin

SIGACT Distinguished Service Prize Call, 2017

Call for Nominations2017 SIGACT Distinguished Service Prize The Theory community benefits in many ways from the dedicated service, above and beyond the call of...

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

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

Continue reading on Medium »

How To Improve Your Search Experience
From The Noisy Channel

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
From The Noisy Channel

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.
From The Noisy Channel

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
From The Noisy Channel

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.
From The Noisy Channel

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
From The Noisy Channel

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
From The Noisy Channel

Spelling Correction

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

What can history tell us about today's infrastructure crisis?
From Phys.org Technology News

What can history tell us about today's infrastructure crisis?

On Tuesday, the University of Virginia's Miller Center released the eighth volume in its far-reaching First Year Project, an ongoing initiative to provide nonpartisan...

Trust issues: Users more gullible when they customize their technology
From Phys.org Technology News

Trust issues: Users more gullible when they customize their technology

Cheery robots may give people the creeps and serious robots may actually ease anxiety depending on how users perceive the robot''s role in their lives, according...
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