Entries from February 2010

You Can’t Hurry Relevance

February 28th, 2010 · 20 Comments · General

Lately, I’ve been musing about the Herb Simon quote that launched–or at least popularized–the concepts of information overload and attention economics: in an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of […]

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Holding Back the Rise of the Machines?

February 20th, 2010 · 6 Comments · General

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is one of my favorite examples of leveraging the internet for innovation: Amazon Mechanical Turk is a marketplace for work that requires human intelligence. The Mechanical Turk web service enables companies to programmatically access this marketplace and a diverse, on-demand workforce. Developers can leverage this service to build human intelligence directly into […]

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Guest Demo: Eric Iverson’s Itty Bitty Search

February 16th, 2010 · 17 Comments · General

I’m back from vacation, and still digging my way out of everything that’s piled up while I’ve been offline. While I catch up, I thought I’d share with you a demo that Eric Iverson was gracious enough to share with me. It uses Yahoo! BOSS to support an exploratory search experience on top of a general […]

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Vacation

February 6th, 2010 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Just letting readers know that I’ll be on vacation for the next week. If you are starved for reading materials, check out some of the blogs I read.

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WSDM 2010: Day 3

February 6th, 2010 · 2 Comments · General

Note: this post is cross-posted at BLOG@CACM. Today is the last day of WSDM 2010, and I unfortunately spent it at home drinking chicken soup. But I’ve been following the conference via the proceedings and tweets. The day started with a short session on temporal interaction. Topics included clustering social media documents (e.g., Flickr photos) based on their association […]

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WSDM 2010: Day 2

February 6th, 2010 · Comments Off · General

Note: this post is cross-posted at BLOG@CACM. Unfortunately, I woke up this morning rather under the weather, so I’m having to resort to remotely reporting on the second day of WSDM 2010 conference, based on the published proceedings and the tweet stream. The day started with a keynote from Harvard economist Susan Athey. Her research focuses on the […]

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WSDM 2010: Day 1

February 5th, 2010 · 3 Comments · General

Note: this post is cross-posted at BLOG@CACM. Today was the first day of the Third ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM 2010), held at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU in Brooklyn, NY. WSDM is a young conference that has already become a top-tier publication venue for research in these areas. In […]

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Report on the Third Workshop on Search and Social Media (SSM 2010)

February 4th, 2010 · 8 Comments · General

Note: this post is cross-posted at BLOG@CACM. It is my pleasure to report on the 3rd Annual Workshop on Search in Social Media (SSM 2010), a gathering of information retrieval and social media researchers and practitioners in an area that has captured the interest of computer scientists, social scientists, and even the broader public. The one-day […]

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Blogging SSM 2010 and WSDM 2010

February 3rd, 2010 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

I’m delighted to report that I’ll be blogging about the Search and Social Media Workshop (SSM 2010) and the Web Search and Data Mining Conference (WSDM 2010) for Communications of the ACM. Of course, I’ll cross-post here. I also encourage folks to follow the live tweet streams at #ssm2010 and #wsdm2010, as well as Gene and […]

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