Entries Tagged as 'General'

Hiring: Taking It Personally

August 1st, 2012 · 5 Comments · General

As a manager, I’ve found that I mostly have two jobs: bringing great people onto the team, and creating the conditions for their success. The second job is the reason I became a manager — there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing people achieve greatness in both the value they create and their own professional development. […]

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Upcoming Conferences: RecSys, HCIR, CIKM

July 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on Upcoming Conferences: RecSys, HCIR, CIKM · General

Long-time readers know that I have strong opinions about academic conferences. I find the main value of conferences and workshops to be facilitating face-to-face interaction among researchers and practitioners who share professional interests. An offline version of LinkedIn, if you will. This year, I’m focusing my attention on three conferences: RecSys, HCIR, and CIKM. Regrettably I […]

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HCIR 2012 Challenge: People Search

July 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on HCIR 2012 Challenge: People Search · General

As we get ready for the Sixth Symposium on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval this October in Cambridge, MA, people around the world are working on their entries for the third HCIR Challenge. Our first HCIR Challenge in 2010 focused on exploratory search of a news archive. Thanks to the generosity of the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC), we […]

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RecSys 2012 Industry Track

June 28th, 2012 · 25 Comments · General

I’m proud to be co-organizing the RecSys 2012 Industry Track with Yehuda Koren. Check out the line-up: Ronny Kohavi (Microsoft), Keynote Online Controlled Experiments: Introduction, Learnings, and Humbling Statistics Ralf Herbrich (Facebook) Distributed, Real-Time Bayesian Learning in Online Services Ronny Lempel (Yahoo! Research) Recommendation Challenges in Web Media Settings Sumanth Kolar (StumbleUpon) Recommendations and Discovery […]

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Information Cascades, Revisited

June 12th, 2012 · 9 Comments · General

A couple of years ago, I blogged about an information cascade problem I’d read about in David Easley and Jon Kleinberg‘s textbook on Networks, Crowds, and Markets. To recall the problem (which they themselves borrowed from Lisa Anderson and Charles Holt: The experimenter puts an urn at the front of the room with three marbles in it; she announces that there is a […]

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Scale, Structure, and Semantics

June 7th, 2012 · 5 Comments · General

This morning I had the pleasure to present a keynote address at the Semantic Technology & Business Conference (SemTechBiz). I’ve had a long and warm relationship with the semantic technology community — especially with Marco Neumann and the New York Semantic Web Meetup. But I’m not exactly a fanboy of the semantic web, and I […]

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Visual Search Startup Modista Is Back!

June 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Visual Search Startup Modista Is Back! · General

Long-time readers know that I’m a great fan of visual search startup Modista, which was a victim of software patent abuse. To my delight, Modista is back from the dead. Check it out! Also see my previous coverage of Modista.

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HCIR 2012: Call for Participation

May 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on HCIR 2012: Call for Participation · General

Human-computer Information Retrieval (HCIR) combines research from the fields of human-computer interaction (HCI) and information retrieval (IR), placing an emphasis on human involvement in search activities. The HCIR Symposium (formerly known as the HCIR Workshop) has run annually since 2007. The event unites academic researchers and industrial practitioners working at the intersection of HCI and […]

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Data Science at LinkedIn: My Team

May 17th, 2012 · 8 Comments · General

Lots of people ask me what it’s like to be a data scientist at LinkedIn. The short answer: it’s awesome. Folks like Pete Skomoroch and team are building data products related to identity and reputation, such as Skills and InMaps. Yael Garten is leading the effort to understand and increase mobile engagement. And other folks work […]

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Science as a Strategy

April 25th, 2012 · 17 Comments · General

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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