Entries from April 2010

Qui, Quae, Quora

April 19th, 2010 · 13 Comments · General

A friend of mine at Quora invited me into their private beta a couple of weeks ago, and by now I suspect that many of you are using it–especially since I’ve somehow managed to be the top hit for [quora invite]. Speaking of which, I appreciate that those of you with spare invites have continued […]

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Deadline to Register for HCIR Challenge

April 14th, 2010 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

If you are interested in participating in the HCIR Challenge, please let me know as soon as possible–and in any case by April 30th. The New York Times and the LDC are graciously providing access to The New York Times Annotated Corpus for free (waiving the usual $300 fee), but we need to let the […]

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Google Follow Finder

April 14th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

I know there’s lots of interesting stuff coming out at the Chirp Twitter developer conference this week, and I’m still catching up on it all. But I am happy to point folks to a Google Labs application that was announced this morning: Follow Finder. It’s not the first application to suggest Twitter followers based on analysis […]

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HCIR 2010: An Update

April 10th, 2010 · Comments Off · General

I hope a number of you are planning to participate in the HCIR 2010 workshop! Here is a quick update: Program Committee chair Rob Capra has assembled a program committee that includes Susan Dumais, Gary Marchionini, and many more. Folks who want to participate in the HCIR Challenge should contact me for details! You’ll have […]

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Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg Start a New Company: Flowing Media

April 8th, 2010 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

This just in: Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, two of the biggest rock stars in the world of data visualization (their long list of accomplishments includes Many Eyes and the Baby Name Voyager), have left IBM to form their own company, Flowing Media, headquartered in Cambridge, MA. As they wrote me, “if you know of anyone who […]

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Go TunkRank!

April 7th, 2010 · 3 Comments · General

I haven’t talked much about TunkRank in the past months, largely because Jason Adams, who stepped up to the TunkRank Implementation Challenge last year, has been leading the charge. Indeed, all I did, beyond lending my first syllable to its name, was to propose the measure and get it implemented “Tom Sawyer” style. Since then: […]

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Build Your Own NYT Linked Data Application

April 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Regular readers may recall hearing about the New York Times Annotated Corpus (which is the basis for the HCIR Challenge), and decision to publish their tags as Linked Open Data, Given that linked data applications are still a bit exotic, NYT semantic technologist and Noisy Community regular Evan Sandhaus published a tutorial and example application to help […]

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Guest Post: Information Retrieval using a Bayesian Model of Learning and Generalization

April 4th, 2010 · 67 Comments · Uncategorized

Dinesh Vadhia, CEO and founder of “item search” company Xyggy, has been an active member of the Noisy Community for at least a year, and it is with pleasure that I publish this guest post by him, University of Cambridge / CMU Professor Zoubin Ghahramani, and University of Cambridge / Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit researcher […]

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Get Unvarnished!

April 1st, 2010 · 44 Comments · General

Earlier this week, I read about Unvarnished on TechCrunch and was extremely curious about this “Yelp for LinkedIn” making a bold play in the online reputation space. My curiosity should be no surprise to folks who have read my recent posts about distributed trust networks and solicited reviews. Anyway, I decided to go straight to […]

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