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Microsoft announcement of EAI in India
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Microsoft announcement of EAI in India

Today, International Mother Language Day, we announced support for EAI in Office 365 and Outlook.com.  We are focusing on Outlook and webmail for now, though we...

Search Results Presentation
From The Noisy Channel

Search Results Presentation

Until now, we’ve mostly focused on query processing — which is to be expected, given that this series is about query understanding. But given that searchers are...

Some Notes on "Learned Bloom Filters"
From My Biased Coin

Some Notes on "Learned Bloom Filters"

About a month ago, a draft paper was put out on arxiv called The Case for Learned Indexed Structures by the people at Google Brain.  The paper has received some...

Great post, and thanks for the shout-out! Excited to read the rest of the series.
From The Noisy Channel

Great post, and thanks for the shout-out! Excited to read the rest of the series.

Great post, and thanks for the shout-out! Excited to read the rest of the series.

Faceted Search
From The Noisy Channel

Faceted Search

Faceted search is a topic broad enough to deserve its own book. It has become a standard feature of all modern search engines, including open-source platforms like...

I didn’t say it’s illegal for search engines, hiQ, or anyone else to attempt to attempt to index…
From The Noisy Channel

I didn’t say it’s illegal for search engines, hiQ, or anyone else to attempt to attempt to index…

I didn’t say it’s illegal for search engines, hiQ, or anyone else to attempt to attempt to index the LinkedIn public profiles. Quite the opposite.Here’s what I said...

Double-blind, ALENEX
From My Biased Coin

Double-blind, ALENEX

I wanted to point people to a pair of blog posts (Part 1, Part 2) by Suresh Venkatasubramanian at the geomblog discussing the experience of having the ALENEX conference...

Thanks Randy!
From The Noisy Channel

Thanks Randy!

Thanks Randy! And I promise I’ll discuss some of the issues of mobile and voice interfaces in future posts.

Relevance Feedback
From The Noisy Channel

Relevance Feedback

The idea of modeling search as a conversation has been around for decades. One of the oldest ideas in information retrieval is relevance feedback, which dates back...

I see that you object to my sentence that “When users opt to make their profiles “public”, they do…
From The Noisy Channel

I see that you object to my sentence that “When users opt to make their profiles “public”, they do…

I see that you object to my sentence that “When users opt to make their profiles “public”, they do so with the expectation that their public profile will appear...

Thank you for the kind words.
From The Noisy Channel

Thank you for the kind words.

Thank you for the kind words. As for your second point, Nick Bostrom defines “superintelligence” as “an intellect that is much smarter than the best human brains...

An interesting topic! I have seen sites with functionality along these lines:
From The Noisy Channel

An interesting topic! I have seen sites with functionality along these lines:

An interesting topic! I have seen sites with functionality along these lines: Travel sites that inform you whether you can get better prices if your dates are flexible...

2017 in Review: UASG Continues Its Mission
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

2017 in Review: UASG Continues Its Mission

By Don Hollander, Secretary General of the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) 2017 was an important year for the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG)...

Clarification Dialogues
From The Noisy Channel

Clarification Dialogues

As we saw in the previous post, modeling search as a conversation makes it possible to overcome breakdowns in communication between the searcher and the searchspelling...

Search as a Conversation
From The Noisy Channel

Search as a Conversation

Most search applications assume a query-response paradigm: the searcher submits a search query, and the search engine responds with results. The query-responseprecision...

Thanks. If you’re interested in this area, I suggest you read the series of posts I’ve been writing…
From The Noisy Channel

Thanks. If you’re interested in this area, I suggest you read the series of posts I’ve been writing…

Thanks. If you’re interested in this area, I suggest you read the series of posts I’ve been writing at queryunderstanding.com. Those do include more references,...

Harvard CS Concentrators Jump Again
From My Biased Coin

Harvard CS Concentrators Jump Again

During my time as Area Dean for computer science, the number of computer science majors at Harvard more than doubled.  Growth has continued, and according to the...

Better Search through Better Queries
From The Noisy Channel

Better Search through Better Queries

I spend a lot of time helping companies improve their search engines. Much of my work involves returning better results for their users’ search queries. But there...

BARC, Copenhagen
From My Biased Coin

BARC, Copenhagen

A few summers ago, I had an opportunity to visit Copenhagen, and work with Rasmus Pagh for a month.   I (and the family) liked it so much we went back the nextAarhus...

Personalization
From The Noisy Channel

Personalization

In 1964, information science pioneer William Goffman said:Relevance is defined as a measure of information conveyed by a document relative to a query…[but] thecontext...
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