How can one know if a paper award decision was made with the award committee not having access to the author names?

I am mostly interested in machine learning / natural language processing paper awards.

  • 3
    Ask a committee member over a beer?
    – Jon Custer
    Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 18:20
  • @JonCuster Thanks, it doesn't seem to scale well (I am interested to know for many different awards, and often I'm not at the conference where awards were given). Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 18:21
  • 5
    That depends on how much you like beer!
    – Jon Custer
    Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 18:22
  • This question is only about a single-blinded review, as it's only asking if the reviewers know the submitters. The other blind can be easier to determine - if you know who's on the award committee, it's not double-blinded (but could be single-blinded). Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 19:53
  • @NuclearWang Thanks, good point, question edited. Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 20:15

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In some cases the award committee or sponsoring organization may describe its procedures on its official website. Otherwise, you can write to the award committee chair and ask.

I don't think there's any more general way to know. In particular, I doubt that there is any central place where you can find this information for many different awards. (It would be a pain for someone to collect it and keep it up to date.)

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