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HCIR 2012 Challenge: People Search

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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Visual Search Startup Modista Is Back!

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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Guided Exploration = Faceted Search, Backwards

Information Scent In the early 1990s, PARC researchers Peter Pirolli and Stuart Card developed the theory of information scent (more generally, information foraging) to evaluate user interfaces in terms of how well users can predict which paths will lead them to useful information. Like many HCIR researchers and practitioners, I’ve found this model to be […]

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

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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CIKM 2011 Industry Event: Ed Chi on Model-Driven Research in Social Computing

This post is part of a series summarizing the presentations at the CIKM 2011 Industry Event, which I chaired with former Endeca colleague Tony Russell-Rose. Given the extraordinary ascent of all things social in today’s online world, we could hardly neglect this theme at the CIKM 2011 Industry Event. We were lucky to have Ed Chi, who recently left the PARC […]

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CIKM 2011 Industry Event: David Hawking on Search Problems and Solutions in Higher Education

This post is part of a series summarizing the presentations at the CIKM 2011 Industry Event, which I chaired with former Endeca colleague Tony Russell-Rose. One of the recurring themes at the CIKM 2011 Industry Event was that not all search is web search. Stephen Robertson, in advocating why recall matters, noted that web search was exceptional rather than typical as […]

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CIKM 2011 Industry Event: Khalid Al-Kofahi on Combining Advanced Search Technology and Human Expertise in Legal Research

This post is part of a series summarizing the presentations at the CIKM 2011 Industry Event, which I chaired with former Endeca colleague Tony Russell-Rose. The original program for the CIKM 2011 Industry Event featured Peter Jackson, who was chief scientist at Thomson Reuters and author of numerous books and papers on natural language processing. Sadly, Peter died on August 3,2011. Thomson Reuters R&D VP of Research Khalid […]

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Entities, Relationships, and Semantics: Strata NY Panel on the State of Structured Search

Earlier this year, I had the privilege to moderate a panel at Strata New York 2011 on Entities, Relationships, and Semantics: the State of Structured Search. The four panelists are people I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years: Andrew Hogue (Google), Breck Baldwin (Alias-i), Evan Sandhaus (New York Times), Wlodek Zadrozny (IBM Research). They work on some of the world’s largest […]

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In Search Of Structure

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a summit that Greylock Partners organized for its portfolio companies at LinkedIn to discuss the power of data. Invited participants represented some of the most interesting “big data” companies in Silicon Valley, including Google, Facebook, Pandora, Cloudera, and Zynga. Discussion took place under the Chatham House Rule, […]

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Enabling Exploratory Search with Dhiti

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, […]