Just in case you missed it, here are details of the latest issue of Informer, which came out on Sunday. As usual, lots of good stuff, with a variety of book reviews this time. For further details see the Informer website. Or if you fancy becoming a contributor, get in touch!
Informer: Winter 2016 issue
Informer: Winter 2016 Issue Out Now!
By Udo Kruschwitz
Welcome to our winter 2016 edition of Informer! Another year has passed and we are now in the fifth year of our relaunched newsletter. Time for a review? No way, but perhaps you tell us what you think so far.
What’s new this time? Many new contributors for a start…
::: Read more at: http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/2016/02/editorial-17/
The Future of Search – Search Solutions Conference 26th November 2015
By Paul Cleverley
Search Solutions 2015 took place at the British Computer Society (BCS) Headquarters at Southampton Street in Covent Garden, London, UK. The event was jointly convened with the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO). The event was a sell out with over 80 attendees from business and academia. The two sessions in the morning were focused on the consumer web (with talks from Google, Yahoo and Microsoft) followed by talks on search in the workplace…
My first attendance at Search Solutions
By Tu Bui
As a PhD student just reaching the end of my first year at the Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) at the University of Surrey, I was delighted to receive a postgraduate bursary from the British Computer Society IRSG to support my attendance at Search Solutions 2015.
Search Solutions was an ideal opportunity to gain a broad appreciation of information retrieval techniques, being directly aligned with my PhD research on robust, scalable search of image collections. Although many of the works showcased at Search Solutions focus on text based information retrieval, many contemporary visual search algorithms borrows heavily from techniques rooted in that field for their scalability e.g. Bag of Words, TF-IDF and Inverse Indexing – and of course deep learning is now being important for describing documents in both the image and text domains…
News Digest in Machine Learning
By Gabriella Kazai
Machine Learning (ML) is continuing to be a hot topic in industry with Google, Microsoft and Yahoo headlining in recent news. Here is a quick digest of some of the recent exciting events in ML and a couple of pointers to potentially useful ML resources…
::: Read more at: http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/2016/01/news-digest-in-machine-learning/
Book Review: Fundamentals of Predictive Text Mining 2nd ed (2015)
By Marina Santini
The volume “Fundamentals of Predictive Text Mining”, 2nd ed. has nine chapters, a table of contents, a list of references, a Subject Index and an Author Index. The book also includes a Preface written by the three authors…
SocialSensor: Sensing political content in social media streams
By Marco Palomino
The successful use of online material in political campaigns over the past two decades has motived the inclusion of social network websites—such as Twitter—as an integral part of the political apparatus. Indeed, after the growth of candidate websites in 1996, Jesse Ventura’s e-mail campaign in 1998, the online fund-raising for John McCain’s campaign in 2000, the use of blogs for Howard Dean’s campaign in 2004, and the pivotal role of social media in the Obama ‘Yes We Can’ campaign in 2008, Twitter and social media in general have established themselves as a key communication channel in the political arena…
Applications of Social Media and Social Network Analysis
By Paul Matthews
This edited collection includes papers on sentiment analysis, information diffusion, trend spotting, reputation metrics and network structures. Perhaps on first viewing some of these topics could seem to have limited relevance to IR, but in fact they deal with what are increasingly important constituent tools and techniques for IR over the social web…
Book Review: Personalized Task Recommendations in Crowdsourcing Systems
By Gabriel Tanase
The Personalized Task Recommendations in Crowdsourcing Systems is a tightly organized book, dense with details of a thorough research addressing the subject matter of crowd sourcing systems and automated, personalized task recommendations targeted at users of such systems…
Events Winter 2016
By Andy Macfarlane
::: Read more at: http://irsg.bcs.org/informer/2016/01/events-winter-2016/
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