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Editor’s note: we offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write ‘Sponsor Posts’ and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.Many of the recent real-time search engines are based on Twitter. They use the URLs enclosed in tweets to discover and rank new and popular pages. In this post, we’ll take a look at the quantitative structure of the underlying foundation, to determine the feasibility and limits of this approach. We’ll also look at how to overcome these limitations by using the implicit Web.You may have seen recently the interesting visualization of Twitter statistics. It essentially proves that, as with other social services, only a small fraction of users actively contribute.But it also shows another fact: that those people who contribute publish an even smaller fraction of the information they know.Both of these factors account for the huge difference in efficiency between implicit and explicit voting. Explicit voting, as the name implies, requires users to actively express interest in a page; for example, by tweeting a link. Implicit voting requires no deliberate action on the part of the user; a simple visit to a Web page would count as a vote.A Quick CalculationTwitter now has 44.5 million users and delivers about 20,000 tweets per minute. If every second tweet contained a URL, that would be 10,000 URLs shared per minute.According to Nielsen, the number of visited Web pages per person per month is 1,591.Twitter’s 44.5 million users visit 1.6 million Web pages per minute and explicitly vote for only 10,000 per minute. That is to say, implicit voting and discovery generates 160 times more attention-getting data than explicit voting.This means that 280,000 implicit votes could provide as much information as 44.5 million explicit votes. Put another way, as many Web pages are implicitly discovered during one day as there are Web pages explicitly discovered during half a year.This dramatically shows the limits of Web searches based solely on explicit votes and mentions, searches whose potential could be leveraged by using the implicit Web.Beyond the MainstreamThis becomes even more important if we look beyond mainstream topics and the English language. Then it becomes simply impossible to achieve the critical mass of explicit votes needed to have statistically significant attention-based ranking or popularity-based discovery.Time and Votes Are PreciousTime is also a crucial factor, especially with real-time search. We want to be able to discover new pages as soon as possible. And we want to assess almost instantly how popular those new pages are. If we fail to reliably rank a page quickly, it will get buried in the noise. But the goals of speed and votes conflict with the fact that the number of votes a page gets is inversely proportional to the time it took to be viewed.Again a much higher frequency of implicit votes would help.Relevance vs. EqualityWe could also improve on explicit votes. But we should not treat them as being equal because they are not. We trust some of them more than others, and our interests overlap with some more than others, for the very same reason that we follow some people and not others. This helps us get more value and meaning out of that very first vote.FAROO is moving in this direction by combining real-time search with a peer-to-peer infrastructure.A Holistic ApproachDiscovering topical, fresh, and novel information has always been an important aspect of search. But the perception of what “recent” is has changed dramatically with the popularity of services such as Twitter, and it has led to the emergence of real-time search engines.Real-time search shouldn’t be a silo, but rather should be part of a unified and distributed approach to Web search.The era of purely document-centered search is over. The equally important roles of user and conversation, both as targets of search and as contributors to discovery and ranking, should be reflected in the infrastructure.A Distributed InfrastructureAs long as both source and recipient of information are distributed, then the natural design of search is distributed, too. P2P offers an efficient alternative to the ubiquitous concentration and centralization of search we find today.A peer-to-peer client allows every visited Web page to be implicitly discovered and ranked according to attention received. This is important, because the majority of pages in a real-time search are in the long tail. They appear once or not at all in the Twitter stream and can’t be discovered or ranked through explicit votes.With real-time search, the amount of indexed data is limited, because only recent documents (those that have gained a lot of attention and a high reputation) are accounted for in the index. This allows for a centralized infrastructure at a moderate cost. But as soon as search moves beyond the short head of real-time search and aims to fully index the long tail of the entire Web, then a distributed peer-to-peer architecture provides a huge cost advantage. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… rww sponsor 1 Tags:#Sponsors#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts
Green builders usually specify high-performance windows and above-code levels of insulation, while striving to reduce air leaks in their homes. As a result of these efforts, most green homes have relatively low heating and cooling loads.Increasingly, these low-load buildings are being heated and cooled by ductless minisplits or ducted minisplits. Many of these air-source heat pumps have ratings in the 9,000 to 15,000 Btu/h range — an appropriate range for low-load houses. Because they are fueled by electricity, these systems are a good match for a home equipped with a roof-mounted photovoltaic system.Of course, there are still plenty of builders who have their doubts about minisplits. Some wonder whether it’s really possible to heat and cool a house with just one or two ductless minisplits; others wonder whether every bedroom needs a separate heater or forced-air register. (GBA has published a quite a few articles on those topics; for links to these articles, see the “Related Articles” sidebar below.)In this article, I won’t be addressing questions about cold bedrooms or providing advice on bedroom door operation. Instead, I’ll assume that readers know how many ductless or ducted units they want to install — but just want some guidance on equipment selection.To keep things simple, this article will focus on just two manufacturers: Mitsubishi and Fujitsu. These two brands have captured a strong percentage of the U.S. market for minisplits, and both companies manufacture equipment that works well in cold climates. Start with a load calculation When designing a heating and cooling system, the first step is always to perform a heating and cooling load calculation — ideally one using the Manual J method.Be careful: many HVAC contractors don’t know how to perform these calculations. The vast majority… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.
Contributions by Molly C. Herndon and Carolyn BirdThe Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced in November 2011 consumers may request an Independent Foreclosure Review of foreclosure cases that occurred between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010. The deadline to request a review is approaching. This process was ordered after regulators found unsound lending, servicing and foreclosure practices among large lending companies. Foreclosures against homes owned by service members will also be reviewed to determine if the action was in violation of the Service Members Civil Relief Act. The deadline to file a request for review is April 30, 2012. Borrowers who faced foreclosure during these two years on their primary residence can request a review of the case if they believe they suffered “financial injury” as a result of the process. Financially injurious situations include, but are not limited to:The mortgage balance at the time of the foreclosure was more than was actually owed on the property.Fees were charged, or mortgage payments were inaccurately calculated, processed or applied.The borrower followed the guidelines of a Modification Agreement with the lender, but the foreclosure sale still took place.The foreclosure action took place while the borrower was protected by bankruptcy.The foreclosure proceeded against a Military service member and was in violation of the Service Members Civil Relief Act protections.Borrowers who faced foreclosure during these two years and believe the process resulted in financial injury may request a review if their loan was secured from one of the lenders listed below:America’s Saving CompanyAurora Loan ServicesBank of AmericaBeneficialChaseCitibankCitiFinancialCiti MortgageCountry-WideEMCEverBank/ EverhomeFreedom FinancialGMAC MortgageHFCHSBCIndyMac Mortgage ServicesMetLife BankNational CityPNCSovereign BankSun-Trust MortgageU.S. BankWachoviaWashington MutualWells FargoThe review process will determine if errors were made during their foreclosure process, and, if financial injury was sustained, the borrower may be eligible for compensation.To assist clients in determining their eligibility, prior to the April 30 deadline, call (888) 952-9105, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more details about this review process, visit IndependentForeclosureReview.com and OCC: Correcting Foreclosure Practices.
Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pinned tweet: Non-inclusion in PBA All-Rookie team fires up Kiefer Ravena Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The PBA Press Corps, which is celebrating its 30th founding anniversary, recognized the PBA’s finest in its annual awards night held for the 25th time Monday night at Novotel Araneta Center.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNo. 1 overall draft pick CJ Perez with ESPN’s Jan Ballesteros. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPBA D-League MVP Gab Banal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netVic Manuel, June Mar Fajardo and Paul Lee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNorthPort guard Stanley Pringle. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJeron Teng, Jason Perkins, Paul Zamar and Robbie Herndon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChris TIu, Chris Ross, Michael DiGregorio and Joe DeVance. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPBA executives on stage. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChris Tiu. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJP Erram. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netVic Manuel along with Olsen Racela. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChris Tiu and Joe Devance. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLifetime achievement award goes to WIlfred Uytengsu of Alaska. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska executive Wilfred Uytengsu. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSMC’s AlFrancis Chua. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPBA coach of the year Chito Victolero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSMC executives and coach of the year Chito Victolero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPBA Press Corps awardees. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMembers of PBA press corps with distinguished guests. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments
Massive Chinese offer made for Barcelona attacker Malcomby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA Chinese Premier League club have tabled a huge bid for Barcelona attacker Malcom.While unnamed, AS says the offer is worth a massive €65m.Malcom only joined Barca last summer from Bordeaux and has battled to find a place in coach Ernesto Valverde’s plans so far this season. His move from France cost Barca €40m.Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu is now weighing up whether to accept.With plans to buy a centre-half and a striker next month, Bartomeu could cash in on Malcom with the aim to put the money raised towards their own transfer targets. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Urban Meyer Son First PitchTuesday night, the Cleveland Indians hosted Urban Meyer and his son Nate as they took on the Mariners at Progressive Field. Initially, it was thought that Meyer himself would be throwing out the first pitch. But in the end, it was actually his son doing the honors. Meyer caught the ball at home plate instead. Pretty cool.Thursday, Ohio State released a short video to recap the experience. Meyer and his son met a number of players, hung out in a luxury box, toured the facility, and of course, got to walk on the field. Enjoy, OSU fans:
WINNIPEG – Some Manitoba survivors of the ’60s Scoop are encouraging others to opt out of a settlement with the federal government.They say they were not consulted in the agreement meant to resolve several class-action lawsuits and suggest lawyers will walk away with more money than the Indigenous people who were affected by the adoptions.“We as children had no say in where we were sent and now they are giving us no say in how we are going to be compensated,” said Coleen Rajotte, who was taken from her community in Saskatchewan when she was a baby and raised by a Manitoba family.In October, the federal government announced it had reached a $750-million agreement with about 20,000 people who were placed in non-Indigenous foster homes as far away as New Zealand between 1951 and 1991. The agreement, which is yet to be finalized, would see survivors each receive between $25,000 and $50,000.The four law firms involved would get a separate $75 million. Another $50 million was set aside for the Indigenous Healing Foundation.Priscilla Meeches and Stewart Garnett were the lead plaintiffs in the Manitoba lawsuit and were in Ottawa for the announcement. They said they didn’t see the agreement before they were brought on stage with Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett.At a news conference organized in Winnipeg on Friday by a local ’60s Scoop survivors group, they said they are opting out of the settlement.Meeches said she has felt a loss of identity and home throughout her life because of being adopted out during the ’60s Scoop. She said she spent her life trying to find a place to say, “I’m here. I’m home,” and the settlement has only brought up more feelings of loss.“I’m not happy with the fact there was no transparency,” Meeches said.Garnett said Manitoba was the epicentre of the ’60s Scoop and its impact can be seen on the streets of Winnipeg, where many people who were taken from their families are struggling in life after losing their identities.They said if people accept the agreement they will be signing away the right to sue for sexual and physical abuse that some adoptees experienced.The group also criticized the settlement for leaving out Métis survivors. The federal government has argued that Métis weren’t recognized as having Indigenous rights at the time, so Ottawa can’t be held responsible for those children.Jocelyne Bourbonnais said no one asked about her rights when she was adopted in 1965. She said it’s important that Métis support survivors opting out so that her people can be included in a new agreement.“I am of this land that we call Canada and after 55 years I’m defined as Métis and left out of this settlement,” said Bourbonnais, who added that her mother is Anishinaabe.The National Indigenous Survivors Network in Ottawa is also trying to get people to opt out.The groups say there is a clause in the agreement that if 2,000 people agree to opt out it can be declared void.A statement from Bennett’s office said the proposed settlement resolves issues in the longest-standing case and similar class actions, and represents a significant first step in “resolving this historic injustice.”“We know that there are other claims that remain unresolved, including those of the Métis and non-status,” the statement said.It added that the office is committed to resolving remaining litigation through negotiation.
APTN National NewsNunavut has been trying to deal with its suicide epidemic through a coroner’s inquiry over the last few weeks.The jury for that inquiry made 30 recommendations.APTN’s Kent Driscoll sat down with Nunavut’s coroner.
Can Ohio State vanquish their demons and be successful in West Lafayette? West Lafayette, Ind., has not been friendly to the Buckeyes. The last time OSU traveled to Purdue in 2009, the then-No. 7 Buckeyes lost to a 1-5 Purdue team, 26-18. The upset was not an isolated incident. The Boilermakers have actually won three of their past five home games against OSU. Coach Luke Fickell said he can recall almost every detail from the 2009 game and is very aware of how difficult it is to walk out of Purdue with a victory. “We’re 2-2 over there in the last 10 years,” Fickell said during his press conference on Tuesday. “If that’s just not enough to open your eyes and make sure you understand. It will be pounded home … it’s going to be a battle.” Which players on Purdue’s offense could hurt OSU? The Boilermaker offense is balanced, but has lacked explosiveness as of late. The team hasn’t scored more than 18 points in any of its past four games, but averages 25.9 points per game on the year. Its rushing attack, ranked 44th nationally, features junior running backs Ralph Bolden and Akeem Shavers. The duo splits the majority of the carries and have rushed for eight touchdowns on the year. Junior Caleb TerBush starts at quarterback for the Boilermakers. He’s thrown for 1386 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, but is also a threat on the ground. Overall, the 16th ranked Buckeye defense shouldn’t have any problems. With the possible return of Jordan Hall will Carlos Hyde get some playing time? It may come as a surprise, but OSU’s leading rusher this season is sophomore Carlos Hyde. Despite that fact, Hyde’s playing time has been limited when fellow running backs junior Jordan Hall and senior Daniel “Boom” Herron have both been available to play. With Hall sidelined for last week’s 34-20 win over Indiana, Hyde ran for 105 yards and a touchdown. All signs seem to indicate Hall will be available for this week’s game against Purdue and Herron will surely be the Buckeyes’ starter at running back. Fickell would not commit to Hyde receiving playing time. “Not sure just yet,” Fickell said. “We need to see how those guys practice. A lot of that stuff depends on how you practice.” Will the Buckeyes have their Big Ten Championship hopes derailed? OSU has a legitimate chance to win the Big Ten Championship. If the team can win the remainder of its games and Penn State loses twice before the season ends, the Buckeyes will win the Leaders Division of the Big Ten and appear in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game. Purdue has other plans, but Fickell will be sure his team knows what’s at stake. Expect the Buckeyes to continue their success running the ball and rely on a defensive that has a clear athletic advantage over the Purdue offense. Barring a disastrous, turnover-plagued game from freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, the Buckeyes will take the game, which will be closer than the score indicates. Final score prediction: Ohio State 34, Purdue 21