Entries from November 2008

Blog Analysis Tools: Not Quite Ready for Prime Time

November 24th, 2008 · 9 Comments · General

Today, I heard about two blog analysis tools. Ever the empiricist, I decided to try them out. Let’s start with GenderAnalyzer, which claims it can determine the gender of a blog author. Well, it thinks I’m probably male: We have strong indicators that http://thenoisychannel.com/ is written by a man (90%). That’s close enough to spare me […]

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Will the Real Information Architect Please Stand Up?

November 24th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

When I saw the post over at Peter Morville’s findability.org blog featuring this slideshow, I could only think of Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady“. It’s a nice presentation, enjoy! Will the Real Information Architect Please Stand Up? View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: design interaction)

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Daniel Lemire on Diversity in Recommender Systems

November 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on Daniel Lemire on Diversity in Recommender Systems · Uncategorized

Daniel Lemire has been on a tear arguing in favor of diversity in recommender systems, and now he’s assembling a bibliography on the subject. The post is a good start, and the comment thread is already elaborating on it. As regular readers know, I’m also in favor of diversity in recommender systems, but I’m more concerned with their […]

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Life, the Universe, and SEO

November 24th, 2008 · 8 Comments · General

In The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams tells the story of how the Amalgamated Union of Philosophers, Sages, Luminaries and Other Thinking Persons protest the development of a computer called Deep Thought to provide the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. Lunkwill and Fook, two of the philosophers, argue, “what’s the use […]

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Opting Out of TheGreatHatsby

November 22nd, 2008 · 3 Comments · General

I just found this page explaining how to opt out of the “online communication experiment” called TheGreatHatsby which randomly attempts to connect two strangers through AOL instant messenger (AIM) bots. Here are the instructions on how to opt out of this social experiment: You can recognize the Bot by having names that are <adjective>Trout, <adjective>Salmon or […]

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Build Your Own Pirate Bay

November 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Build Your Own Pirate Bay · General

Some readers may be familiar with The Pirate Bay, a Swedish website that indexes and tracks BitTorrent files. Those readers may also be aware that the site, and the pro-piracy Piratbyrån organization that runs it, have had various incidents with law enforcement. Perhaps some folks are looking for a contingency plan in case The Pirate Bay is shut down. […]

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The Great Hatsby and Other IM Bots

November 22nd, 2008 · 7 Comments · General

In recent weeks, I’ve been hit several times by instant messenger bots. The bots are rather clever, and evidently started in 2006 as TheGreatHatsby: TheGreatHatsby[1][2] is an AIM bot which instigates conversations between pairs of AIM accounts. Its name is a play on words from the book The Great Gatsby. It is a relay bot […]

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Focused Comment Spamming

November 22nd, 2008 · 4 Comments · General

Normally I take down spam commenters. But a recent comment spammer posting with the name “lively” (claiming the unlilkely email address of lively@gmail.com) struck me as interesting enough to to leave as an example to readers. You can see the comment here. I searched my logs and found that this spammers discovered my blog through […]

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Sorting a Petabyte

November 22nd, 2008 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Google may be reactionary when it comes to information seeking approaches, but they are at the cutting edge of systems research. Their official blog post today on sorting a petabyte in six hours using MapReduce was a reminder of the impressive caliber of their systems team. You can learn more from their Technology RoundTable Series.

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The Napoleon Dynamite Problem

November 21st, 2008 · 15 Comments · General

This week’s New York Times Magazine features an article by Clive Thompson about the Netflix Prize. The Netflix Prize, sponsored by the Netflix movie rental company, is perhaps the best marketing stunt I’ve seen in the history of machine learning: The Netflix Prize seeks to substantially improve the accuracy of predictions about how much someone […]

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