Search engines like Yahoo know a lot about what you search for, but they also are learning a lot about you. Yahoo has several hundred research scientists on the prowl. ABC7 went to see what they are up to.
"Yahoo Labs is tackling the biggest scientific questions facing the industry and Yahoo -- from how to define what's personally meaningful to the billions of people online, to investigating what the Web can teach us about ourselves and society," said Dr. Prabhakar Raghavan, Yahoo's chief scientist and head of Yahoo Labs.
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Yahoo continued its unrivaled presence with 15 accepted papers, 5 accepted posters, a series of workshops, tutorials, and a long list of program committee members.
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“The ability for researchers to interface with product groups is something very unique to Yahoo,” said Dalvi. “I plan on staying for a while.”
The cut-throat competition among search engines has ensured the operators are keenly attuned to keeping their visitors satisfied. But serving up handy links is a tricky business, especially when we searchers often use ambiguous terms. Demographic data can help according to Yahoo researchers.
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