The deciding reasons are:
- Yahoo is running into many hard learning problems. This is precisely the situation where basic research might hope to have the greatest impact.
- Yahoo Research understands research including publishing, conferences, etc…
- Yahoo Research is growing, so there is a chance I can help it grow well.
- Yahoo understands the internet, including (but not at all limited to) experimenting with research blogs.
In the end, Yahoo Research seems like the place where I might have a chance to make the greatest difference.
Yahoo (as a company) has made a strong bet on Yahoo Research. We-the-researchers all hope that bet will pay off, and this seems plausible. I’ll certainly have fun trying.