Archive for April, 2007

for people to comment

Monday, April 30th, 2007

I used the term 'shyster' in a post on a mail list, and someone thought it derogatory. Looking into it, I agree; I apologized and will not use it in the future. Others want to discuss whether it is or not derogatory; here's a place to discuss this. I reserve ...

Future of Search conference

Monday, April 30th, 2007

The Future of Search conference coming up on May 4 looks interesting, with lots of heavy hitters from Google, Yahoo and Microsoft and other companies; Powerset's CEO, Barney Pell is on the list.

WordNet, saints and Robin Hood

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Why are you reading this, when you should be reading Natalia’s ball-peen hammer to the head? One of the many things that it takes for a computer to “understand” text (as we are trying to do at Powerset) is for it recognize names and what they refer to. So for example, ...

Semantic Parser, best in show

Friday, April 27th, 2007

I got an email today from Larry Hunter at University of Colorado School of Medicine, who writes to say that a DMAP-based parser was the "international world-champion" in the The BioCreAtIvE (Critical Assessment of Information Extraction systems in Biology) data text mining challenge. The chart above are the results from ...

Two small occasional works

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

This has been a delightful weekend. On Saturday, I attended the Golden Gate Sacred Harp singing in San Francisco (with a nice Apr├Ęs-chant at Philip's house, nicely described by Linda, who also has pictures of the singing). In the morning today, Jeff Shrager took me to see redwoods and banana ...

Predictshunz 4 2000 frm 1990

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

K h00t!: There will be No C, X or Q in our every-day alphabet. They will be abandoned because unnecessary. Spelling by sound will have been adopted, first by the newspapers. English will be a language of condensed words expressing condensed ideas, and will be more extensively spoken than any other. ...

MP3 players for every student!

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

Last night, we went to a Good Friday service which included a meal, and I sat down next to my very Republican friend, Butch, who never has anything good to say about government (despite, or perhaps because of, having been a government social services employee for years). We don't usually ...

Daylight saving time shift

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

It looks like the early change-over to Daylight Saving Time failed to save energy; the failure was predicted by Berkeley scientists and even the Department of Energy.