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Google Is Sharpening Its Squares

As some of you may remember, I’m excited about Google Squared, a project I see as a great first step toward exploratory search at a web scale. Yes, I know that Duck Duck Go, Kosmix and others are already taking on this challenge, but it makes a difference to see Google throw its weight behind […]

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HCIR: Better Than Magic!

I’m a big fan of using machine learning and automated information extraction to improve search performance and generally support information seeking. I’ve had some very good experiences with both supervised (e.g., classification) and unsupervised (e.g., terminology extraction) learning approaches, and I think that anyone today who is developing an application to help people access text […]

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Bringing the Noise to Technology Review

As an MIT alum, I take a special pride in having published a short article in the July/August issue of Technology Review. It’s entitled “To Search, Ask” (with credit to Richard Feynman as due). The cover story, David Talbot’s “Search Me“, is a report on Wolfram Alpha. Between this issue, the recent issue of IEEE […]

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Google Squared: A Great First Step

Regular readers know that I am not a Google fan boy, and that much of my commentary on Google focuses on their neglect of exploratory search. Nonetheless, when I saw the initial Youtubeware describing Google Squared a few weeks ago, my ears perked up. I decided to wait until it went live to assess it. […]

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Wolfman vs. Googzilla

What’s not to love about a good fight? Check out David Talbot’s “Wolfram Alpha and Google Face Off” in Technology Review. I don’t come away with a sense that I’ll regularly use either Wolfram Alpha or Google Public Data, but it’s nice to start seeing people off-road with them and compare the results. The Wolfram […]

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More Adventures with PR People

A few weeks ago, I wrote a reply to all PR people who seem to think that, because I blog, they should pitch their companies’ press releases at me. I’m not sure whether to be flattered or annoyed. What I’ve decided to do is share some of my experiences with readers–my top 3 that I […]

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A New Kind of Marketing (NKM)

The blogosphere is a buzz with hype about Wolfram Alpha. Stephen Wolfram writes: It’s going to be a website: http://www.wolframalpha.com. With one simple input field that gives access to a huge system, with trillions of pieces of curated data and millions of lines of algorithms. We’re all working very hard right now to get Wolfram|Alpha […]

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Warming Up To Cuil

It wasn’t so long ago that Cuil launched and I offered a pretty cold appraisal. Of course, I wasn’t the only one to be underwhelmed after they under-delivered on their pre-launch hype. You’d think start-ups would have figured out by now how to better manage expectations. After playing with the site for a couple of […]