Scientific Research Contributions (I)

Researchers and engineers in Microsoft Research (MSR) and Bing R&D have been working closely together and have made significant contributions to the science of search. These contributions often start as basic research ideas published as scientific articles in international conferences and journals. These articles are reviewed by search experts from industry and academic institutions around the world, and only those that significantly advance...
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To Err is Human

At Bing we’re committed to delivering you the best possible results.  While teams of researchers, machine learning experts and data miners continually improve our core spelling and ranking components, the reality is that some defects have historically slipped through the cracks. This is partly because search relies on people to teach the system and, since people make mistakes, some defects are introduced.  Our recent release, takes...
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Reducing Junk

Everyone has experienced trying to follow a link that didn’t work. The link may have led to a page that is no longer available, or to a parked domain page. It can also be frustrating to find a search result page that has a missing or garbled description of where the link may take you. Considering the enormity of the web and the complexity of linking web documents , a key challenge for web search quality is the search engine’s...
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Whole Page Relevance

Dr. Jan Pedersen, Chief Scientist for Core Search at Bing If you compared the results you see with Bing today with those of our search product five years ago, at first glance they might seem similar – ten blue links presented with text summaries. However, if you look closer you would see some important differences. The first thing you would notice is that many of the queries you perform today produce excellent results that would have simply...
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Introducing Bing Search Quality Insights

Dr. Harry Shum, Corporate Vice President, Bing R&D I’ve been working in search at Microsoft for the last seven years and there has never been a more fascinating or challenging time to be in the search space. Today, search spans the entire spectrum of computer science from distributed systems and machine learning to natural language understanding and user experience design. The graph theory we learned in graduate school 20 years ago with...
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