Entries from June 2010

SIGIR 2010 and SimInt 2010

June 27th, 2010 · Comments Off · General

I’m looking forward to attending SIGIR 2010 in a few weeks and particularly to the SimInt 2010 Workshop on the Automated Evaluation of Interactive Information Retrieval. I hope I get to see a little bit of the city of Geneva, but mostly I’m excited to spend the greater part of a week immersed in the [...]

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Gridworks and Needlebase

June 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

One of the big challenges of working with heterogeneous data is curating it. Below are introductions to two tools for doing do: Gridworks, developed by David Huynh, Stefano Mazzocchi, and their colleagues at Metaweb, the company behind Freebase. Needlebase, developed by Justin Boyan and colleagues at ITA Software, the company powering travel search for Kayak, Orbitz, and [...]

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Why Can’t We Just Use Prediction Markets?

June 9th, 2010 · 23 Comments · General

Prediction markets were all the rage a few years ago, two of the most notable being the Iowa Electronic Market forecasting electoral results and the now defunct Tradesports offering a similar platform for betting on sports events. There was even a proposal to have the US government run a prediction market for terrorist attacks. In [...]

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