Friday, June 27, 2008

Chanderpaul - The long lasting ...

... Duracell of all time?

During the Aus-WI series, Chanderpaul repeated his long standing ability! During his 18 hours between dismissals, he had seen 18 wickets go down at the other end!! It is an extremely rarely incident. Against India (2002) he saw 21 wickets fall, which could be the record! He had 20 wickets in 2007.

This is his fourth stint of 1000 minutes between dismissals, which is a record!!! Nasser Hussain, Sachin, Dravid, Kallis have all done it once each ...

Sangakkara had a streak of 18 wickets during his 100*, 156* knocks where he had scored over 50% of the team's score in two consecutive innings! Jacques Rudholph had a streak of 18 wickets between dismissals too.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Get the Factz right!

How well does Powerset get its Factz right?
  1. A cricketer's favourite query is Is Sachin God? Factz gets it right! :-). Of course, Sourav is not far behind ;-).

  2. A traditional set theory query of Is Null set a Sub set gives a Power Set response! This definitely is a conspiracy by Powerset ;-)

  3. Another query "Who killed Gandhi?" ...
    Factz from Wikipedia: we found that the following kill Gandhi
    madman, Nathuram Godse, Nathu Ram Godse and assassin
    Nathuram Godse He said, "No one should think that Gandhi was killed by a madman".

    The results also correctly include the assassinations of Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi.
    But Nathuram Godse did not intend "madman" to be listed as an assassin of Gandhiji!

I believe that in Semantic Retrieval it is important to handle "negation". It is non-trivial but very important as it modifies the semantics. "Negation" highlights the need to use NLP technologies in improving retrieval quality and "the intent" ...

Overall I'm impressed with the results of Powerset. It does get the Factz right ...

Firefox-3 World Record effort

Are you participating in the Firefox Download Day record effort? Well, I've pledged to! 17/June is THE day. What do the astrologers say? :-)

One factor that could prevent enthusiasts from switching immediately would be the extensions! Not all extensions would've been made FF3 compatible :-(. In my case switch proxy would be an example, I'll now have to look for an alternative (foxy proxy?). The guys with too many extensions that haven't been upgraded will find it difficult!

Download Day 2008

Friday, June 13, 2008

An Elementary search on Powerset!

A search for the only liquid non-metallic element doesn't yield Bromine but liquid nonmetallic element does! "non-metallic" and "nonmetallic" are not treated the same ... Maybe it isn't elementary after all :-)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Searching for the Eight Degree Channel?

Check out the Powerset Factz for the Eight Degree Channel!
Powerset identifies that the channel actually "separates" two islands!

Factz from Wikipedia: we found that Eight Degree Channel separated the following

separated :

Photos from the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

In early May, I'd visited the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary (near Mysore, India). The birds are lovely and present in large numbers though many had already migrated out of the sanctuary in April. Check out the full-sized images on Zooomr or on Flickr.

Which one did you like the most? I loved the orange little egret, snowy egret, the details of the black headed ibis, and the geometry of the stork wings ... I enjoyed capturing a 10MP image of a stork in flight - it was perfect timing and I may not repeat it again! :-)