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Precision, Recall, and Desirability
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Precision, Recall, and Desirability

Recent developments in AI have created opportunities across the search stack. But before building solutions, it is important to clearly identify the problems they...

UASG Publishes 2023 Universal Acceptance Activities Report
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

UASG Publishes 2023 Universal Acceptance Activities Report

By the UASG 2023 was a milestone year for Universal Acceptance (UA). From local awareness and training sessions around the world to the inaugural UA Day, global...

UASG Announces Shortlisted Events for UA Day 2024
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

UASG Announces Shortlisted Events for UA Day 2024

The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) has published the shortlisted events for the second annual Universal Acceptance (UA) Day, which will be held from...

Retroactive Loss of Privacy
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Retroactive Loss of Privacy

We live in an age where we increasingly feel a loss of privacy. Much of our communication, media consumption, and shopping is mediated through platforms that track...

Random Thoughts on Interestingness
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Random Thoughts on Interestingness

As a computer scientist and an information scientist, I have always been fascinated by fundamental questions of computational complexity and compressibility. These...

Query Specificity
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Query Specificity

The central challenge of query understanding is mapping a query to a representation of the searcher’s intent. Recognizing when two or more different search queries...

Query Understanding and Ecommerce
From The Noisy Channel

Query Understanding and Ecommerce

Yesterday, I had the privilege to deliver a “last lecture” at eBay, where I have been working with the query science team for nearly 6 years. I took the opportunity...

Indexing by Intent
From The Noisy Channel

Indexing by Intent

Search developers mostly focus on mapping queries to results. This perspective is natural, insofar as search starts with the user formulating a query and (hopefully)...

Using Retrievability to Measure Recall
From The Noisy Channel

Using Retrievability to Measure Recall

In court, witnesses swear to tell “the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” Search engines are not under oath, but they should be truthful.Two metrics for search...

Search vs. Browse
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Search vs. Browse

One of the oldest distinctions in information access is between searching and browsing. Does a user initiate an information-seeking journey by typing keywords into...

UASG Announces Call for Proposals for UA Day 2024
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

UASG Announces Call for Proposals for UA Day 2024

The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) is calling for event proposals for the second annual Universal Acceptance (UA) Day to be held on 28 March 2024. Organized...

When Machine Learning Hits A Wall
From The Noisy Channel

When Machine Learning Hits A Wall

Machine learning (or AI if you prefer) is amazing. I cannot think of another area of computer science — or of technology in general — that has been more influential...

Critical Thinking and Generative AI
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Critical Thinking and Generative AI

Critical Reasoning and Generative AIOne of the formative experiences in my mathematics education was a time I struggled to compute an integral in a calculus class...

FY23 Report Captures Current State of UA-Readiness in Technology
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

FY23 Report Captures Current State of UA-Readiness in Technology

This article was originally published on icann.org By Sarmad Hussain, Sr Director IDN & UA Programs and Seda Akbulut, Universal Acceptance (UA) Program ManagerFY23...

New Testing Shows Progress and Opportunities for Improvement in Support of Chinese IDNs
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

New Testing Shows Progress and Opportunities for Improvement in Support of Chinese IDNs

By the China UA Local Initiative (CDNI) The number of Internet users in China recently surpassed 1 billion and China now accounts for about one-fifth of all Internet...

FY24 Planning and More: Takeaways from the UASG Administrative Meeting in Istanbul
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

FY24 Planning and More: Takeaways from the UASG Administrative Meeting in Istanbul

By Anil Kumar Jain, UASG Chair To kick off FY24, the UASG administrative team recently met in Istanbul for an in-person planning meeting. This valuable face-to-face...

Semantic Equivalence of e-Commerce Queries
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Semantic Equivalence of e-Commerce Queries

I am proud to share the slides for “Semantic Equivalence of e-Commerce Queries”, which my eBay colleague Aritra Mandal presented this morning at the KDD 2023 Workshop...

Upcoming Search Classes this Fall
From The Noisy Channel

Upcoming Search Classes this Fall

I hope that everyone has been enjoying the summer. I took a sabbatical from teaching, but I’m looking forward to new students this fall.Are you excited to learn...

What is Searcher Happiness?
From The Noisy Channel

What is Searcher Happiness?

As a search specialist, my main goal is to improve searcher happiness. Sure, companies pay me to improve business metrics like conversion rate and revenue, butprobability...

Surprise! Surprise?
From The Noisy Channel

Surprise! Surprise?

We have reached the stage of generative AI where artists, authors, and performers are convinced that AI is stealing their lives — and, perhaps more importantly,...
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