In Search of a Research Assistant

9 thoughts on “In Search of a Research Assistant”

  1. Joseph Fritzi

    Clearly you are not applying :-).

    To do research, you need to show some skills and figuring out my favorite brands is a small test that will tell me how good you will be. Considering that i don’t know any of these people and would be working with them, i need to get a sense of their basic abilities.

    Of course, conflating a simple test with huge ego is easier. 🙂

  2. How to find an email address or why Google doesn’t know what Information is.

    Information is data in context

    Now how can we resolve that without a link to Om’s email address.
    The brain uses an any-to-any parallel algorithm. With GLIA providing randomization for bootstrapping and learning, blah blah …
    Now Om has some preferences, which everybody knows about who reads his blog. Sorry Om but searching is only part of finding information. Defining context is more important.
    Now we could find any data related to OM. But only a few path will provide a way to associate an email address with a given …..
    This way we find an email address. Now is it really OM?
    Use of this email address actually will resolve to his private address and phone number.

    Give him a call, just for making it to easy.

    Btw that’s how we resolve an unknown to true, without any Boolean logic.
    Search time on Google less then 5 minutes, if Google would actually know what Information is. They should provide in less then 1 sec., no human input (links) required.

  3. Om, you said “Considering that i don’t know any of these people” — well, why not use your network of contacts on LinkedIn to identify a short-list of known referrals.

    Then, once you’ve turned your current “talent puddle” into a real talent pool of potential candidates, use the Google blog search tool for some of your current research projects (typical keyword phrases) — and see if any of the candidates personal posts come up in the results.

    My point: use the power of the Web to find the best-fit talent that you seek.

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