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Changing Times
From My Biased Coin

Changing Times

An old friend from college sent me an e-mail, and it got me thinking.  When I was an undergraduate at Harvard some significant number of years ago, I took the graduate...

Off to ALGO/ESA 2019
From My Biased Coin

Off to ALGO/ESA 2019

I'm shortly hopping on a plane to head to ALGO/ESA.  I'll be giving a survey-ish talk on Learning Augmented Algorithms, covering my work so far in the area as well...

Dances with HiPPOs
From The Noisy Channel

Dances with HiPPOs

Decision making, especially at technology companies, is supposed to be data-driven. Unfortunately, even in this wondrous age of science, decisions often depends...

Happy New Academic Year:  Teaching Randomized Algorithms
From My Biased Coin

Happy New Academic Year: Teaching Randomized Algorithms

It seems I haven't written on this blog for a while.Today was the start of a new semester.  I'll be teaching Randomized Algorithms and Probabilistic Analysis, using...

Martin, thanks for the kind words.
From The Noisy Channel

Martin, thanks for the kind words.

Martin, thanks for the kind words. The TunkRank that Jason Adams implemented has been down for a while. I’m not aware of any other implementation that is available...

The Next Generation of Developers Set Their Sights on a Multilingual Internet
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

The Next Generation of Developers Set Their Sights on a Multilingual Internet

By Harish Chowdhary, UA Ambassador and Technology Analyst for the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) Twenty-four developers, a group with a unique role...

Breaking the Linguistic Barriers to Access the Internet
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Breaking the Linguistic Barriers to Access the Internet

The 9th Language and Technology Conference (LTC 2019) published a paper from members of the UASG. The paper explains IDNs, which are domain names in local languages...

I’m hardly an expert on legal IR. But here are a few pointers:
From The Noisy Channel

I’m hardly an expert on legal IR. But here are a few pointers:

I’m hardly an expert on legal IR. But here are a few pointers: Passage retrieval in legal texts [PDF] Passage Retrieval Starting from Patent Claims A Clef-Ip 2013...

I can only offer high-level guidance in a comment thread.
From The Noisy Channel

I can only offer high-level guidance in a comment thread.

I can only offer high-level guidance in a comment thread. But it sounds like you might benefit from collecting trigrams as well as bigrams. If mug tree stands are...

I discuss it a bit in this post: https://queryunderstanding.com/query-expansion-2d68d47cf9c8
From The Noisy Channel

I discuss it a bit in this post: https://queryunderstanding.com/query-expansion-2d68d47cf9c8

I discuss it a bit in this post: https://queryunderstanding.com/query-expansion-2d68d47cf9c8

Broad and Ambiguous Search Queries
From The Noisy Channel

Broad and Ambiguous Search Queries

A typical approach for processing search queries is to retrieve a set of matching documents and then rank them with a relevance scoring function. This simple approach...

Premature Optimization is (Still) the Root of All Evil
From The Noisy Channel

Premature Optimization is (Still) the Root of All Evil

A lesson that we software engineers learn early in our careers is that “premature optimization is the root of all evil.” This gem of advice from the inimitableDonald...

UASG Salutes Don Hollander for His Contributions
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

UASG Salutes Don Hollander for His Contributions

The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) announced today that Don Hollander is retiring from his position as Secretary General at the end of May. Don is a...

Looking Ahead to a Bright Future for the Universal Acceptance of All Domain Names
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Looking Ahead to a Bright Future for the Universal Acceptance of All Domain Names

By Dr. Ajay Data, chair of the UASG; founder and CEO of XgenPlus A month into my new role as Chair of the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG), I am more...

Looking Ahead to a Bright Future for the Universal Acceptance of All Domain Names
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Looking Ahead to a Bright Future for the Universal Acceptance of All Domain Names

By Dr. Ajay Data, chair of the UASG; founder and CEO of XgenPlus A month into my new role as Chair of the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG), I am moreLooking...

Is Relevance Part of the Problem?
From The Noisy Channel

Is Relevance Part of the Problem?

Much of the innovation in information retrieval and recommender systems focuses on better targeting in order to improve relevance. Those of us who develop suchin...

Thanks Tony!
From The Noisy Channel

Thanks Tony!

Thanks Tony! And you’re right thatI’m oversimplifying. My excuse is that it was already a 2,000-word post. :-)

Search: The Whole Story
From The Noisy Channel

Search: The Whole Story

Query understanding and relevance are key aspects of search, but they don’t tell the whole story. A holistic framework for search calls for a broader perspective...

UASG Elects New Chair and Vice Chairs
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

UASG Elects New Chair and Vice Chairs

Leadership to Continue the Group’s Work in Ensuring the Universal Acceptance of All Domain Names 15 MARCH 2019 – The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG)UASG...

Search Engines: A Human Perspective
From The Noisy Channel

Search Engines: A Human Perspective

At first glance, the design and development of search engines appear to be concerned mainly with computer science — particularly information retrieval, machine,...
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