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Sease at London Information Retrieval Meetup [February 2019]

London Information Retrieval Meetup

Free evening meetup aimed to Information Retrieval passionates and professionals who are curious to explore and discuss the latest trends in the field.

Location: London (UK)

Date: 19th February 2019

// first talk

Improving Top-K Retrieval Algorithms Using Dynamic Programming and Longer Skipping

Modern search engines has to keep up with the enormous growth in the number of documents and queries submitted by users. One of the problem to deal with is finding the best k relevant documents for a given query. This operation has to be fast and this is possible only by using specialised technologies. 
Block max wand is one of the best known algorithm for solving this problem without any effectiveness degradation of its ranking. 
After a brief introduction, in this talk I’m going to show a strategy introduced in “Faster BlockMax WAND with Variable-sized Blocks” (SIGIR 2017), that applied to BlockMaxWand data has made possible to speed up the algorithm execution by almost 2x. 
Then, will be presented another optimisation of the BlockMaxWand algorithm (“Faster BlockMax WAND with Longer Skipping”, ECIR 2019) for reducing the time execution of short queries.

// our speaker

Elia Porciani

// second talk

Introduction to Music Information Retrieval

Music Information Retrieval is about retrieving information from music entities. 
The slides will introduce the basic concepts of the music language, passing through different kind of music representations and it will end up describing some low level features that are used when dealing with music entities.

// our speaker

Andrea Gazzarini



Lisa Biella

Lisa Biella is a creative digital marketer, geek at heart who is enthusiastic about technology and how it affects people’s lives.

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