Peter Ciccolo

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The primary business model behind Web search is based on textual advertising, where contextually relevant ads are displayed alongside search results. We address the problem of selecting these ads so that they are both relevant to the queries and profitable to the search engine, showing that optimizing ad relevance and revenue is not equivalent. Selecting(More)
The business of Web search, a $10 billion industry, relies heavily on <i>sponsored search</i>, whereas a few carefully-selected paid advertisements are displayed alongside algorithmic search results. A key technical challenge in sponsored search is to select ads that are relevant for the user's query. Identifying relevant ads is challenging because queries(More)
Sponsored search systems are tasked with matching queries to relevant advertisements. The current state-of-the-art matching algorithms expand the user's query using a variety of external resources, such as Web search results. While these expansion-based algorithms are highly effective, they are largely inefficient and cannot be applied in real-time. In(More)
Understanding what interests and delights users is critical to effective behavioral targeting, especially in information-poor contexts. As users interact with content and advertising, their passive behavior can reveal their interests towards advertising. Two issues are critical for building effective targeting methods: what metric to optimize for and how to(More)
Folksonomies allow users to collaboratively tag a variety of textual and multimedia objects with sets of labels. The largest folksonomy projects, such as FLICKR and DEL.ICIO.US, contain millions of multi-labeled objects, and embed significant amounts of human knowledge. We propose a method for automatically using this knowledge to augment traditional IR(More)
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