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Similarity-Sensitive Diversity
From The Noisy Channel

Similarity-Sensitive Diversity

In my work on search engines and recommender systems, I’ve thought a lot about entropy and diversity. I named my first blog, The Noisy Channel, after a seminalClaude...

Content Quality
From The Noisy Channel

Content Quality

Despite its importance, content quality is hard to define without devolving into circularity. What we mean by content quality is a measure or collection of measures...

Göran Marby Named Honorary UASG Ambassador
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Göran Marby Named Honorary UASG Ambassador

The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) is pleased to announce that it has named Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) President and...

Building a More Inclusive Internet for All: A Radix Initiative
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Building a More Inclusive Internet for All: A Radix Initiative

By Aman Masjide, UA Ambassador; Consulting Advisor, Trust and Safety, Radix The ironic fact of the matter remains that there’s rigidity hardcoded into the ever-evolving...

Content Structure
From The Noisy Channel

Content Structure

One of the challenges facing search applications is that users aren’t necessarily searching for documents. To put it another way, the unit of content that a user...

Why UA? Understanding the Social and Economic Benefits of Universal Acceptance
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Why UA? Understanding the Social and Economic Benefits of Universal Acceptance

By the UASG Communications Working Group Imagine trying to complete a transaction online — signing up for a class, ordering food delivery or subscribing to your...

Search is Fundamental
From The Noisy Channel

Search is Fundamental

Search engines are at the heart of the digital world. We interact with them on the outside, using search engines to find information, products, and more. But they...

Search: Teaching the Fundamentals
From The Noisy Channel

Search: Teaching the Fundamentals

Earlier this year, Grant Ingersoll and I kicked off a 4-week co:rise course on Search with Machine Learning. We covered search fundamentals, and then went on to...

UA Insights from ICANN73: Measuring UA Progress and Celebrating New Collaborations
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

UA Insights from ICANN73: Measuring UA Progress and Celebrating New Collaborations

By Dr. Ajay Data, UASG Chair During the ICANN73 Virtual Community Forum (7-10 March) and Prep Week (22–24 February), the global Internet community came together...

Content Similarity
From The Noisy Channel

Content Similarity

Content classification and annotation offer useful approaches for content understanding, recognizing whether a piece of content is about a particular topic or mentions...

Content Annotation
From The Noisy Channel

Content Annotation

Content understanding requires both holistic and reductionist approaches, just like query understanding. The previous post focused on content classification asentity...

New Tests on Universal Acceptance (UA) Conformance of Programming Languages and Libraries Published
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

New Tests on Universal Acceptance (UA) Conformance of Programming Languages and Libraries Published

By the UASG Technology Working Group Since the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) was formed in 2015, it has focused on raising awareness of Universal Acceptance...

New UA Testing of Social Media Platforms and Browsers Published
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

New UA Testing of Social Media Platforms and Browsers Published

By the UASG Measurement Working Group Social Media Testing Highlights UA Gaps Social media has become a ubiquitous part of life for people around the globe with...

UASG Welcomes Leading Tech Entrepreneur Vijay Shekhar Sharma as UA Ambassador
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

UASG Welcomes Leading Tech Entrepreneur Vijay Shekhar Sharma as UA Ambassador

By Dr. Ajay Data, UASG Chair The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) is proud to welcome Indian tech entrepreneur Vijay Shekhar Sharma as a Universal Acceptance...

ICANN72 Recap: Highlights on the Progress of UA and IDNs
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

ICANN72 Recap: Highlights on the Progress of UA and IDNs

By Sarmad Hussain, Sr. Director IDN & UA Programs ICANN’s global multistakeholder community recently came together virtually for ICANN72 Annual General MeetingICANN72...

Content Classification
From The Noisy Channel

Content Classification

The most fundamental form of holistic content understanding is classification. Content classification maps a piece of content — that is, an entry in the searchtaxonomy...

Postdoc call for FODSI
From My Biased Coin

Postdoc call for FODSI

As a member of FODSI (Foundations of Data Science Institute -- an NSF funded institute with the aim of advancing theoretical foundations for data science), I'mhttps...

HotNets Presentation : Zero-CPU Collection with Direct Telemetry Access
From My Biased Coin

HotNets Presentation : Zero-CPU Collection with Direct Telemetry Access

HotNets has asked that we let people know that the 2021 presentations are available here.  I'm using that an excuse to highlight our paper on Zero-CPU Collection...

What is Content Understanding?
From The Noisy Channel

What is Content Understanding?

There’s a lot of writing about search — especially about ranking and relevance. And recently there’s been an increased focus on the particular challenges of query...

How to send a real number using a single bit (and some shared randomness)
From My Biased Coin

How to send a real number using a single bit (and some shared randomness)

In this post, we'll look at the natural problem of how to communicate an estimate of a real value in [0,1], using just 1 bit.  The post is based on this paper (by...
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