Entries from June 2009

Student Discount for SIGIR Industry Track

June 25th, 2009 · Comments Off on Student Discount for SIGIR Industry Track · Uncategorized

I’m hoping to see many of you at SIGIR 2009 in Boston next month, and specifically at the Industry Track on July 22nd. I wanted to make sure that students were aware that there is a discount available for the one-day Industry Track registration: $150, half off the regular $300 fee (which itself a bargain). […]

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Can Real-Time Search Help Hedge Funds?

June 25th, 2009 · 4 Comments · General

I haven’t exactly been generous in my opinons about the widespread obsession with “real-time” search. But in today’s Telegraph there’s at least a story that makes sense in theory: “Hedge fund managers betting Twitter will give them an edge in rapid trading“. In practice, I’m pretty skeptical, as is Gwen Robinson at the Financial Times […]

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Marti Hearst’s Book: Now Available Online

June 25th, 2009 · Comments Off on Marti Hearst’s Book: Now Available Online · Uncategorized

Check out Marti Hearst’s new book on Search User Interfaces! You can read my review here. Thanks to Christina for the heads up.

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Free as in Copied from Wikipedia

June 23rd, 2009 · 3 Comments · General

You have to love the irony: Waldo Jaquith of the Virgina Quarterly Review discovered that Free: The Future of a Radical Price, the latest book by Wired Editor-in-chief Chris Anderson, contains “almost a dozen passages that are reproduced nearly verbatim from uncredited sources”–and that was without access to an electronic copy of the book, so […]

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JCDL 2009 Proceedings now in ACM Digital Library

June 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on JCDL 2009 Proceedings now in ACM Digital Library · Uncategorized

Thanks to Gene for letting us know that the JCDL 2009 proceedings are now available to ACM Digital Library subscribers. Hopefully authors will make their posts available to those who don’t have DL subscriptions. For more information about the conference check out Gene’s posts at the FXPAL blog and Judie’s at Curious Judith.

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Google News Adds Author Search

June 23rd, 2009 · 3 Comments · General

On the Google News Blog today: you can now search by author. Actually, I think you could always search by author from their advanced search page, but now the links are available directly from the search results, facilitating exploration. It’s a nice enhancement, though there are still some kinks to work out. For example when […]

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Bringing the Noise to Technology Review

June 23rd, 2009 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

As an MIT alum, I take a special pride in having published a short article in the July/August issue of Technology Review. It’s entitled “To Search, Ask” (with credit to Richard Feynman as due). The cover story, David Talbot’s “Search Me“, is a report on Wolfram Alpha. Between this issue, the recent issue of IEEE […]

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Marti Hearst’s Book on Search User Interfaces

June 22nd, 2009 · 9 Comments · General

Those of you who know Marti Hearst or follow her work may have heard that she’s been writing a book on Search User Interfaces to follow up on her chapter in Ricardo Baeza-Yates and Berthier Ribiero-Neto’s textbook on Modern Information Retrieval. Well, the wait is over: her book will be available later this week! Moreover, […]

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Google’s Peter Norvig Offers Kind Words for Bing, Exploratory Search

June 19th, 2009 · Comments Off on Google’s Peter Norvig Offers Kind Words for Bing, Exploratory Search · Uncategorized

Great post from our commenter-in-chief Jeremy Pickens on his own blog, Information Retrieval Gupf, about comments from Google Director of Research Peter Norvig at a recent semantic technology search panel (at the same Semantic Technology Conference where the New York Times announced that it will be publishing its index as Linked Data). Asked what he […]

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Real-Time But Not Ready For Prime Time

June 18th, 2009 · 12 Comments · General

Extra, extra, read all about it–two new real-time search engines debuted today: CrowdEye and Collecta. I love the headlines from Techmeme: Mashable!: Collecta: True Real-Time Social Search paidContent: Startup Promises Best Real-Time Search Results Yet Tech Beat: Collecta Launches *Really* Real-Time Search Engine ReadWriteWeb: Collecta: Summize Backer Launches Broader Real-Time Search Search Engine Land: Collecta […]

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