Monthly Archives: August 2009

My Luddite Summer

I came across an interesting post today entitled “My Luddite Summer” by NYT blogger Timothy Egan.  Just wanted to share this tidbit: Came back to the city. Took part in a three-day experiment with other writers to see who was … Continue reading

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Breadth Destroys Depth

A few days ago I posted a question about why modern web retrieval systems offer no explicit relevance feedback mechanisms.  I wonder if it has anything to do with the following attitude, explained by one of my favorite bloggers, Nick … Continue reading

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Is Good Enough Good Enough?

“The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine” is the title of a new Wired article.  In it, Robert Capps makes the following point: The world has sped up, become more connected and a whole lot busier. … Continue reading

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A Bird in the Hand…

As a researcher, I have more questions than answers.  And one of the questions that I have is in regards to the widely-accepted maxim that users are too lazy to give explicit relevance feedback to the search engine.  See Danny … Continue reading

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Information Retrieval Jujitsu

On my drive to work this morning, as I mentally began preparing for all the research I wanted to accomplish today, I started thinking about the relationship between information retrieval, machine learning, probability, and statistics.  And I found myself wondering … Continue reading

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Marissa Mayer talk at PARC

I just got back from a PARC open forum, in which Marissa Mayer gave a talk about the Physics of Data, and Innovation at Google.  All in all, it was fine.  Maybe a third of the talk was about new … Continue reading

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Google not very Googly

If it wasn’t official before, it is now.  Google self-advertises: In the latest shot fired in Google Inc.’s ongoing battle with Microsoft Corp., Google announced today that it’s taking this fight to the streets. Literally. Google is kicking off a … Continue reading

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Comments: Search Engines and Advertising

I have been quiet lately on the blogpost front. Am still looking for a free moment to write up my reactions to the recent SIGIR 2009 conference.  In the meantime, I am having a good time with Neal Richter and … Continue reading

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