I just got back from a visit to Yahoo! Research Silicon Valley. I gave two talks presenting our work on social search and web traffic analysis, and met lots of interesting people. They have an amazing group and of course mountains of data to lust after. Hopefully this will lead to collaborations in the future, given the many intersecting research interests.
Our paper “Ranking Web Sites with Real User Traffic” (by Mark, Fil, Santo, Sandro & Alex) was one of 24 accepted by the First Web Search and Data Mining Conference. WSDM (pronounced “wisdom”) is a brand new ACM conference intended to be complementary to the World Wide Web Conference tracks in search and data mining. With 151 submissions, the acceptance rate was 16%. WSDM 2008 will be held in Stanford, February 2008.