November 17, 2014

Social Search Research: “SearchBuddies: Bringing Search Engines into the Conversation”

The following paper appears in the proceedings of ICWSM 2012 (International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM)) that began today in Dublin, Ireland. Title SearchBuddies: Bringing Search Engines into the Conversation Authors Brent Hecht Northwestern U. Jaime Teevan Microsoft Research Meredith Ringel Morris Microsoft Research Dan Liebling Microsoft Research Source In Proceedings: ICWSM […]

Prototypes: Microsoft Builds a Browser for Your Past

From Technology Review: Mining personal data to discover what people care about has become big business for companies such as Facebook and Google. Now a project from Microsoft Research is trying to bring that kind of data mining back home to help people explore their own piles of personal digital data. Software called Lifebrowser processes […]

History: Interactive Timeline Database and Open-Source Software Project Launches Beta of Version 2.0

Wow! This has the potential to be a very important and very useful tool. A beta version of ChronoZoom 2.0, an interactive timeline resource allowing users to browse  interactive timelines filled with relevant textual and other embedded material (e.g. videos). The software can also downloaded (open source) to create timelines for your own use. ChronZoom […]

Microsoft Unveils Universal Translator That Converts Your Voice into Another Language

From Extreme Tech: Microsoft Research has shown off software that translates your spoken words into another language while preserving the accent, timbre, and intonation of your actual voice. In a demo of the prototype software, Rick Rashid, Microsoft’s chief research officer, said a long sentence in English, and then had it translated into Spanish, Italian, […]

Research Paper: "Tweeting is Believing? Understanding Microblog Credibility Perceptions"

Title Tweeting is Believing? Understanding Microblog Credibility Perceptions Authors Meredith Ringel Morris, Scott Counts, Aaron Hoff, Asta Roseway, and Julia Schwarz Source Microsoft Research Tech Report This paper will be presented at CSCW 2012 later this month. Abstract Twitter is now used to distribute substantive content such as breaking news, increasing the importance of assessing […]

Enhancing Multilingual Content in Wikipedia: Learn About the WikiBasha Tool From Microsoft Research

From a Microsoft Research News Article: Making Wikipedia more multilingual inspired a Microsoft Research India team to develop a tool called WikiBhasha, which was launched Oct. 18. WikiBhasha—“Wiki,” signifying its community-oriented approach; “Bhasha,” a Sanskrit word meaning “language”—features a content-creation platform that combines linguistic services, such as machine translation, with a Wikipedia-friendly content editor. Everyday […]

Microsoft Academic Search: A Major Update and Several New Features Now Available

We will have more about this release when the holiday weekend is over but until then we wanted to let you know that the Microsoft Academic Search database has just undergone a major update that’s now live. As we said in in March and we will say again today, look out Google Scholar. It will […]

New Tech Report from MSR: "Pedagogy: A Social Networking Approach to Knowledge Discovery"

by Mohammad Raza, a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge. Direct to Full Text Report (6 pages; PDF) From the Abstract: The construction of semantically structured, accurate, and comprehensive knowledge bases remains an important but difficult problem. Acquiring the wealth of human knowledge in a machine-readable format would have invaluable benefits for semantic web services […]