Volume 8, Number 2 • February 2000
SIGIR '99: tomorrow's tools today
by Susan Feldman

Presents a profile of the annual SIGIR (Special Interest Group for Information Retrieval of the Association for Computing Machinery) conference. Reports that conference subjects ranged across the entire face of information retrieval, but centered on solutions to language and interaction barriers. Says that the keynote speech by Hal Varian, Dean of the School of Information Management at the University of California, was titled "Economics of Search," and used some well-established economics rules to examine the value of information. States that an impressive panel of experts on user behavior reviewed recent studies and then answered questions. Discusses how each found differences in the way various groups seek information. Also discusses presentations on speech recognition, guidelines for effective screen display, poster sessions, and demos.
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