Entries from July 2009

SIGIR 2009: Day 3, Industry Track: Vanja Josifovski

July 31st, 2009 · 37 Comments · General

After the conference banquet at JFK Library and Museum, a few of us went to Bukowski for beers. At one point in the conversation, a friend of mine railed against computational advertising as a research topic. I didn’t quite have the nerve to reply that it was one of the topics I’d picked for the [...]

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SIGIR 2009: Day 3, Industry Track: danah boyd

July 29th, 2009 · 4 Comments · General

After I secured Matt Cutts as a speaker for the SIGIR 2009 Industry Track, I suppose I became a bit cocky. I decided that I wanted another speaker who would not only be interesting, but also would have the star power to put the event on the map. One of my topics on my list [...]

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SIGIR 2009: Day 3, Industry Track: Matt Cutts

July 29th, 2009 · 4 Comments · General

At last we arrive at the SIGIR 2009 Industry Track. Since I organized this track (which mainly involved coming up with a program and then actually producing the speakers), I’m not exactly an impartial observer. But hopefully the organizers of future industry tracks will benefit from my perspective as an organizer. Last December (New Year’s [...]

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SIGIR 2009: Day 2, Albert-László Barabási’s Keynote

July 27th, 2009 · Comments Off · General

Albert-László Barabási is one of the biggest names in networking theory, up there with Jon Kleinberg and Duncan Watts. Since he was the only one of those three whom I hadn’t met, I was thrilled to discover that he was giving a keynote at SIGIR 2009, entitled “From Networks to Human Behavior“. Much the keynote [...]

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SIGIR 2009: Day 2, Interactive Search Session

July 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · General

At the two previous SIGIR conferences that I attended, the interactive search sessions were the most interesting, and this one was no exception. Ironically, even though many of us (myself included) feel that interaction is marginalized within the SIGIR conference and even the information retrieval research community, the few interaction talks at SIGIR consistently draw [...]

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SIGIR 2009: Day 2, Morning Sessions (Anchor Text, Vertical Search)

July 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment · General

Sorry for the delay in postings. Not only was I super-busy the past week, but I had some connectivity challenges (both at SIGIR and at the apartment where I was staying) and mostly restricted my online activity to occasional tweets during talks. I meant to catch up on my blogging yesterday, but instead spent the [...]

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SIGIR 2009: Day 1

July 21st, 2009 · 3 Comments · General

SIGIR ’09 is in full swing! I arrived on Sunday evening, and the reception was like Cheers (“where everyone knows your name“)–only that, at least in my case, I was meeting many people face-to-face for the first time in years, and in some cases for the first time, period! I reconnected with some of the [...]

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Heading to SIGIR

July 19th, 2009 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Hope to see lots of you at SIGIR! Sounds like there are already great tutorials underway. I’ll get there tonight for the reception, where they will announce the triennial Gerard Salton Award winner (who will deliver tomorrow’s opening keynote). I’m looking forward to the paper, poster, and demo presentations, and of course to the Industry [...]

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In Defense Of Recall

July 17th, 2009 · 19 Comments · General

It’s not everyday that you see an essay in SIGIR Forum entitled “Against Recall”. Well, to be fair, the full title is “Against Recall: Is it Persistence, Cardinality, Density, Coverage, or Totality?” In it Justin Zobel, Alistair Moffat, and Laurence Park, all researchers at the University of Melbourne, conclude that “the use of recall as [...]

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LinkedIn Rolling Out Faceted Search!

July 15th, 2009 · 4 Comments · General

I’m glad I have a Twitter alert for “faceted search”, since it alerted me (via @getzsch) to a post in TechCrunch announcing that LinkedIn now has a People Search beta that offers faceted search. I can disclose now that I known about this project for a while–they’d reached out to me after I offered a [...]

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