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CATCS Visioning Workshop
From My Biased Coin

CATCS Visioning Workshop

Reposting an important call -- these events have had big impact in the past! The CATCS will be hosting a virtual “Visioning Workshop” the week of July 20 in order...

Now Available: Country-Based Evaluation of Websites for Acceptance of Email Addresses in 2020
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Now Available: Country-Based Evaluation of Websites for Acceptance of Email Addresses in 2020

The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) has published a new country-based evaluation of email acceptance rates based upon previous testing of the top 1,000...

MMM, Search!
From The Noisy Channel

MMM, Search!

This morning, I had the pleasure of being hosted by Grant Ingersoll to talk about search with his team at the Wikimedia Foundation.Wikipedia is an indispensable...

Opportunity Analysis for Search
From The Noisy Channel

Opportunity Analysis for Search

I’m a big fan of opportunity analysis. I’ve seen far too many organizations underinvest in opportunity analysis and thus waste enormous — and avoidable — effort...

Task Force on Arabic script IDNs
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Task Force on Arabic script IDNs

In our 2014 World Report on IDNs, we reported on the work of ICANN’s Task Force on Arabic script IDNs, an initiative of the Middle East Strategy Working Group.Task...

New Resource for Developers! Introducing the Universal Acceptance Readiness Framework
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

New Resource for Developers! Introducing the Universal Acceptance Readiness Framework

By Dennis Tan Tanaka, Vice Chair of the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) Universal Acceptance (UA) is the simple concept that all domain names and all...

Thank you for the kind words!
From The Noisy Channel

Thank you for the kind words!

Thank you for the kind words!If I follow you, then you are pointing out that, by generating revenue through promoted search, a business can funnel that revenue...

Promoted Search: A Follow-Up
From The Noisy Channel

Promoted Search: A Follow-Up

My post on promoted search results drew some pointed feedback. People asked me what kind of promoted search behavior I deem acceptable, as well as whether I saw...

#Internet4All around the Globe in 2019: A Recap of UA Ambassador Work
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

#Internet4All around the Globe in 2019: A Recap of UA Ambassador Work

By Dušan Stojičević, Vice Chair of the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) 2019 was a busy and productive year for the UASG as we worked to spread awareness...

Thoughts on Promoted Search Results
From The Noisy Channel

Thoughts on Promoted Search Results

I’m not a fan of ads. So you might expect me to be violently opposed to promoted search results — search engine results that are optimized for something other than...

Current CS 124 Stats
From My Biased Coin

Current CS 124 Stats

This is as much personal recording for me (and perhaps of interest to Harvard people who read the blog).  But also putting the numbers here for others to know for...

ITCS 2020, Reflections
From My Biased Coin

ITCS 2020, Reflections

I've spent Sunday/Monday at ITCS, or Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science, where I am giving a talk on this paper on Scheduling with Prediction and the Price...

Universal Acceptance Continues Momentum During ICANN66
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Universal Acceptance Continues Momentum During ICANN66

By Dr. Ajay Data, chair of the UASG; founder and CEO of XgenPlus I am invigorated after returning from ICANN66, which took place in Montréal 2-7 November. Always...

When There’s No Conversion Rate
From The Noisy Channel

When There’s No Conversion Rate

If your business depends on search, it’s critical to track search effectiveness using an evaluation methodology. In my experience, most organizations rely on implicit...

Measuring Search Effectiveness
From The Noisy Channel

Measuring Search Effectiveness

Delivering effective search starts with defining how to measure effectiveness.The information retrieval community has been evaluating search for decades. Established...

Defining relevance is a topic in its own right.
From The Noisy Channel

Defining relevance is a topic in its own right.

Defining relevance is a topic in its own right. You typically collect either explicit human judgments or implicit judgements from behavior, and then you use those...

Allston :  Students Should Speak Up
From My Biased Coin

Allston : Students Should Speak Up

I have had (as is pretty usual for me) some number of lunches with students this semester, and many of them asked me about the Computer Science move to Allston....

Supporting the Searcher’s Journey: When and How
From The Noisy Channel

Supporting the Searcher’s Journey: When and How

Sometimes, search is simple. The searcher types a few words into the search box, retrieves a ranked list of results, and selects the right one. Easy peasy.Other...

I think the even more interesting case for using supply or demand is where supply vastly outstrips…
From The Noisy Channel

I think the even more interesting case for using supply or demand is where supply vastly outstrips…

I think the even more interesting case for using supply or demand is where supply vastly outstrips demand and most intents are in the tail, e.g., searching through...

You already see it on Amazon.
From The Noisy Channel

You already see it on Amazon.

You already see it on Amazon. Do a search for “matrix”: not only do you only see Keanu Reeves movie results on the first page, but the left rail focuses on movies...
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