Bart Thomée Receives 2016 ACM SIGMM Rising Star Award

The ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) has announced that research scientist Bart Thomée has been presented their 2016 Rising Star Award for his "significant contributions in the areas of geo-multimedia computing, media evaluation, and open research datasets."

Creating Animated GIFs Automatically from Video

Various websites offer easy-to-use tools to manually generate GIFs from portions of a video. In collaboration with ETH Zürich, we’ve gone one step further by developing a system that automatically generates animated GIFs from the most “GIFable” video segments.

Open Sourcing SparkADMM: a Massively-parallel Framework for Solving Big Data Problems

We've just published SparkADMM – a massively parallel abstract programming framework for solving big data optimization problems through ADMM over Apache Spark – to the ‪Open Source‬ community on GitHub. The implementation allows for the quick deployment of ADMM solvers over ‪Spark‬, without any prior knowledge about ADMM for consensus.

Science Powering Product: Large-scale Query-to-Ad Matching in Sponsored Search

In a yearlong effort, a team of our research scientists and engineers who specialize in machine learning created an advanced query-to-ad matching model for sponsored search. Today, search2vec accounts for more than 30% of all broad match impressions and revenue on Yahoo Search! Their new blog post provides highlights of their SIGIR 2016 paper describing search2vec and presents a new dataset available to researchers.

EURO 2016 According to the Science of Tumblr

The EURO 2016 football tournament begins this week and we thought it would be fun to try to predict the results through a combination of big data, science, and social media. We used our expertise and unique access to data from Tumblr – as well as Yahoo Sports – to draw conclusions on who will be crowned the champions.

Promoting a Culture of Learning with Research

At Yahoo, we encourage a culture of learning, both personally and professionally, internally and externally. Yahoo Research, in particular, often takes observations and shares them with the academic community. At the same time, we look to the academic community for revelations to share amongst Yahoos. It is in this open spirit we present a Big Thinkers talk with Dr. Marti Hearst, a luminary in the fields of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Search, covering fascinating new insights on learning in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

2nd Bay Area Crypto Day

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Bay Area Crypto Day, taking place on Monday, May 2 at Stanford University. Join our Sr. Principal Research Scientist Juan Garay and others to discuss the latest developments in Cryptography.

How Users Perceive Native Ads and Why

How do users perceive native ads and why? In her new post, Research Director Mounia Lalmas sheds light on some important insights based on her team's WWW2016 paper, "Predicting Pre-click Quality for Native Advertisements."

Personalizing the News Feed: A Large-Scale Recommendation Problem

Yesterday, Director of Research Suju Rajan discussed how we personalize the Yahoo news feed with Machine Learning at the Structure Data 2016 Conference in San Francisco. Watch her chat with journalist Signe Brewster.

Viewport Time: A Robust, Scalable Method for Measuring User Attention in Online News Reading

What is perhaps the best way to measure user attention for online news reading? In a new post from Director of Research Mounia Lalmas, she argues for viewport time.