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CIKM 2012: Notes from a Conference in Paradise

November 12th, 2012 · Comments Off

The moment I learned that CIKM 2012 would be held in Maui, I knew I had to be there. Having co-organized the CIKM 2011 industry event, I had enough karma to be invited as part of this year’s industry event, representing LinkedIn. PRE-CONFERENCE: PSEUNAMI WARNING AND A WORKSHOP I arrived in Maui on Sunday, October [...]

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RecSys 2012: Beyond Five Stars

September 14th, 2012 · 7 Comments

I spent the past week in Dublin attending the 6th ACM International Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys 2012). This young conference has become the premier global forum for discussing the state of the art in recommender systems, and I’m thrilled to have has the opportunity to participate. Sunday: Workshops The conference began on Sunday with [...]

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Science as a Strategy

April 25th, 2012 · 17 Comments

Last night, I had the pleasure to deliver the keynote address at the CIO Summit US. It was an honor to address an assembly of CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives from the nation’s top organizations. My theme was “Science as a Strategy”. To set the stage, I told the story of TunkRank: how, back in [...]

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Data, Algorithms, and People

April 14th, 2012 · 7 Comments

One of the highlights of the recent Data 2.0 Summit was a panel featuring: Alexander Gray, CTO of SkyTree Anthony Goldbloom, CEO of Kaggle Josh Wills, Director of Data Science at Cloudera The focus of the panel was supposed to be about “Data Science and Predicting the Future”, but the most contentious topic was whether data, algorithms or people (that [...]

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Data 2.0 Summit

March 30th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I’ll be participating in the Data 2.0 Summit on Tuesday, April 3rd, and I hope to see some of you there. Last year, my colleague (and fellow LinkedIn data scientist) Scott Nicholson attended and wrote this guest post about it. This year, I’m not only attending but participating on a panel about social data, moderated by AllthingsD Senior [...]

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Strata 2012: Big Data is Bigger than Ever!

March 2nd, 2012 · 21 Comments

I spent the last three days at the O’Reilly Strata Conference, an assembly of two thousand over 2500 people focused on data science and its applications. While I’m wary of industry conferences from attending vendor-fests in my past life in the enterprise software world, Strata is an exceptionally good conference. The speakers were a who’s who of data [...]

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Enjoying Seattle’s Best: UW, WSDM, and SSS

February 12th, 2012 · 5 Comments

My excursion to Seattle was delightful, and I thought I’d share some details with readers. I spent most of Friday at the University of Washington, meeting with graduating PhD students.  I’ve always known that UW is a top school, but I was particularly impressed with this batch. I was pleasantly surprised to see folks like [...]

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Social Wisdom in Seattle

February 4th, 2012 · Comments Off

      First, I wanted to give readers a heads up that I’ll be in Seattle this Friday and Saturday. I’ll spend Friday afternoon at the University of Washington, meeting with some of their outstanding computer science doctoral students. My schedule filled up with unexpected haste! But if you’re on campus and urgently want [...]

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LinkedIn @ CMU

January 26th, 2012 · Comments Off

As regular readers know, I have a deep affection for Carnegie Mellon University, where I did my graduate work. I’m happy to announce that two of my colleagues (both fellow CMU PhDs) will be giving talks at CMU in a couple of weeks, and I hope that some of you will have the opportunities to [...]

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CIKM 2011 Industry Event: Ilya Segalovich on Improving Search Quality at Yandex

November 27th, 2011 · Comments Off

This post is last in a series summarizing the presentations at the CIKM 2011 Industry Event, which I chaired with former Endeca colleague Tony Russell-Rose. The final talk of the CIKM 2011 Industry Event was a talk from Yandex co-founder and CTO Ilya Segalovich on “Improving Search Quality at Yandex: Current Challenges and Solutions“. Yandex is the world’s #5 search engine. It dominates [...]

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