Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Over the last weeks there was quite some quality programming time for me. First of all I built some indices on the typology data base in which way I was able to increase the retrieval speed of typology by a factor of over 1000 which is something that rarely [...]

Continue reading about Building an Autocompletion on GWT with RPC, ContextListener and a Suggest Tree: Part 0

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Amazing! Today I had a discussion with a coworker about transparency and the way companies should be more open about what they are doing! And what happens on the same day? One of my favourite webcompanies has decided to publish a short video taken from the weekly search quality [...]

Continue reading about Google Video on Search Quality Meeting: Spelling for Long Queries by Lars Hellsten

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: I created some exercises regarding binary search trees. This time there is no coding involved. My experience from teaching former classes is that many people have a hard time understanding why trees are usefull and what the dangers of these trees is. Therefor I have created some straight forward [...]

Continue reading about balanced binary search trees exercise for algorithms and data structures class

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Binary Search is a very basic algorithm in computer science. Despite this fact it is also important to understand the fundamental principle behind it. Unfortunately the algorithm is tought so early and the algorithm is so simple that beginning students sometimes have a hard time to understand the [...]

Continue reading about My Blog guesses your name – Binary Search Exercise for Algorithms and data structures class

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: In the last days, there was a lot of media coverage on the the antitrust investigation by the FTC against Google. In my opinion, this investigation is ridiculous. Let me explain why: The Facts From an FTC Point of view Google is the leading search engine on the net. [...]

Continue reading about My opinion on the antitrust investigation by Federal Trade Commission against Google

René Pickhardt on May 17th, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Since my blog post on Eli Pariser’s Ted talk about the filter bubble became quite popular and a lot of people seem to be interested in which 57 signals Google would use to filter search results I decided to extend the list from my article and list the signals [...]

Continue reading about What are the 57 signals google uses to filter search results?

René Pickhardt on April 25th, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: It is two months now of reading papers since I started my PhD program. Enough time to think about possible research topics. I am more and more interested in search, social networks in general and social news streams in particular. It is obvious that it is becoming more and [...]

Continue reading about Social news streams – a possible PhD research topic?

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: After Eli’s talk on TED and my recent article about the filter bubble I decided to dig a little deeper into Facebook’s EdgeRank algorithm, which decides what Updates appear in your news feed. I found some more scientific background on how EdgeRank really works. Even though EdgeRank was first [...]

Continue reading about Facebook User Search: Ever wondered how Facebook is more social than others?


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