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SIGIR 2009: Day 1

SIGIR ’09 is in full swing! I arrived on Sunday evening, and the reception was like Cheers (“where everyone knows your name“)–only that, at least in my case, I was meeting many people face-to-face for the first time in years, and in some cases for the first time, period! I reconnected with some of the […]

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CIKM 2011 Industry Event: Vanja Josifovski on Toward Deep Understanding of User Behavior on the Web

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. Those of you who attended the SIGIR 2009 Industry Track had the opportunity to hear Yahoo researcher Vanja Josifovski make an eloquent case for ad retrieval as a new frontier of information retrieval. At the CIKM 2011 Industry Event, […]

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CIKM 2011 Industry Event

CIKM 2011 is nearly a year away, but I wanted to give folks a heads up about the Industry Event there that I am organizing with Tony Russell-Rose. These events have become an an increasingly important part of the annual CIKM and SIGIR conferences, and I believe they are helping to bridge the gap between scholarship […]

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SIGIR 2010: Day 3 Industry Track Keynotes

When I organized the SIGIR 2009 Industry Track last year, my goal was to meet the standard set by the CIKM 2008 Industry Event: a compelling set of presentations that would give researchers an opportunity to learn about the problems most relevant to industry practitioners, and offer practitioners an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the […]

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Search Questions for 2010: What’s On My Mind

Happy New Year to the Noisy Community and everyone else in virtual earshot! I hope everyone is entering 2010 well-rested and ready for great things. And I don’t just mean shiny new gadgets. For me, 2009 marked the end of a decade-long run at Endeca, where I focused on bringing HCIR to enterprises. I’m particularly […]

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Third Annual Workshop on Search in Social Media (SSM 2010)

I’m proud to announce that Eugene Agichtein, Marti Hearst, and Ian Soboroff have invited me to help organize the upcoming Workshop on Search in Social Media (SSM 2010). The workshop will take place in conjunction with the ACM  Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM 2010), a young conference that has quickly become a […]

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Blogs I Read: The Haystack Blog

It’s been quite the week in tech business news, with Adobe acquiring Omniture, Google acquiring reCAPTCHA and being rumored (falsely) to acquire Brightcove, Facebook announcing that is has over 300M users and is cash-flow positive, and Twitter closing a new round of funding at a $1B valuation. Recession? What recession? But sometimes I like to […]

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Is Bing Optimizing for the Short Snout?

In a post about Bing on CNET today, Rafe Needleman comments that “it makes business sense to pour resources into popular searches. Optimizing for the short snout pays.” First, it’s an interesting counterpoint to the conventional wisdom that search (if not the future of business as we know it) is all about the “long tail“. […]

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CIKM 2009 Accepted Papers

The two biggest academic conferences for information retrieval are SIGIR and CIKM (a site which, sadly, is still hacked). Hopefully some of you enjoyed my coverage of SIGIR 2009–or, better yet, attended and experienced it for yourselves. Anyway, thanks to Jeff Dalton for alerting me that the CIKM 2009 accepted papers list is now available. […]

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Norbert Fuhr’s Probability Ranking Principle for Interactive Information Retrieval

The other day, I was talking with Paul Thompson about the challenges of evaluating interactive information retrieval (IIR) systems, and he mentioned a paper that came up in discussion at the SIGIR 2009 workshop on Understanding the User: “A probability ranking principle for interactive information retrieval” by Norbert Fuhr–an update to the decades-old probability ranking […]