Entries from January 2011

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet

January 29th, 2011 · Comments Off · General

While my blog has always been and will always be a personal one, I do operate under certain constraints as someone whose subject matter relates strongly to his professional interests. I deeply appreciate how long-time readers have respected the balancing act I sometimes have to make as both an independent individual and an employee. Right […]

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Internship Opportunities at LinkedIn

January 19th, 2011 · Comments Off · General

Do you love big data? Do you enjoy applying your skills in data mining, machine learning, information retrieval and data visualization? Are you a hands-on implementer who can turn your ideas into reality, whether in Java or Python? Are you turned on by NoSQL technologies like Hadoop, Pig, and Voldemort? And one last question…are looking for […]

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Dare To Dream

January 17th, 2011 · Comments Off · General

“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” Martin Luther King, Jr. said these words at a speech in Detroit on June 23, 1963. Less than five years later, he died for the cause to which he devoted his life: the advancement of civil rights in the […]

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Quo Vadis, Quora?

January 9th, 2011 · 12 Comments · General

I know, everyone is sick about hearing about Quora, the community question answering site that is the darling of the blogosphere, and perhaps you fled here from TechCrunch hoping for something different. If so, I apologize. And if you want to read something else, I encourage you to use either the random post widget I […]

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No More Quora Invites

January 7th, 2011 · 1 Comment · General

Over the past days, I have been inundated with requests for Quora invites. I realize that I brought this upon myself my making my blog the top hit on Google for [quora invite] — though it seems I’m at least down to the #2 slot now. In any case, I have sent out over a […]

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Enabling Exploratory Search with Dhiti

January 7th, 2011 · 8 Comments · General

Last August, I wrote “Exploring Nuggetize“, in which I described an interface that Dhiti co-founder Bharath Mohan developed to surface “nuggets” from a site and reduce the user’s cost of exploring a document collection. As an experiment, I’m now including a Dhiti widget here on The Noisy Channel. If you look at any single post in a browser, […]

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Two Changes

January 6th, 2011 · 5 Comments · General

I just wanted to let regular readers know that I’ve made two changes to this blog. The first is that I’ve eliminated the use of categories on posts. I found that I was categorizing almost all posts as “general”, and that there was almost no value in maintaining such a low-entropy field. Yes, I’m well […]

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So You Like Big Data…

January 4th, 2011 · 30 Comments · General

The increasing volume of data that we generate as a species is a story so overplayed as to have become trite. Indeed, a vast amount of this data is in the public domain, including data from the full text and common ngrams of books, genome research, the  United States census, and much more. There is […]

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