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Mitzenmacher and Upfal, 2nd Edition
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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.
From The Noisy Channel

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
From The Noisy Channel

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...

Last Week For STOC Sign-Ups
From My Biased Coin

Last Week For STOC Sign-Ups

A reminder that this year's STOC is supersized, with (completely in the STOC package) multiple workshops, tutorials, and special speakers.   But for those of you...

Query Scoping
From The Noisy Channel

Query Scoping

In the previous post, we discussed how query segmentation improves precision by grouping query words into semantic units. In this post, we’ll discuss query scoping...

How to Deal with Post-truthism
From Blog@Ubiquity

How to Deal with Post-truthism

The very definition of post-truth implies rejecting fact-based logic. Too few possess the skill of distinguishing between self-serving claims, and reliable, well...

Super-Important Things to Do Right Now for STOC 2017
From My Biased Coin

Super-Important Things to Do Right Now for STOC 2017

STOC 2017 is just around the corner, which means that several deadlines are just around the corner.The student travel support request deadline is this Thursday,...

Thanks Bart. I haven’t read it, but I’ll take a look. Thanks for sharing.
From The Noisy Channel

Thanks Bart. I haven’t read it, but I’ll take a look. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks Bart. I haven’t read it, but I’ll take a look. Thanks for sharing.

Query Segmentation
From The Noisy Channel

Query Segmentation

The previous two posts focused on using query rewriting to increase recall. We can also use query rewriting to increase precision — that is, to reduce the number...

Insider Attacks Are A Bigger and Harder Threat?
From Blog@Ubiquity

Insider Attacks Are A Bigger and Harder Threat?

There is a new trend apparently emerging to defend against data loss and data damage as a result of external hacking. Some organizations have been removing their...

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...
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