Proposals for Incorporating Machine Learning in Mozilla Firefox

Friday June 18th, 2004

Blake Ross writes: "I will be doing research this summer at Stanford with Professor Andrew Ng about how we can incorporate machine learning into Firefox. We're looking for ideas that will make Firefox 2.0 blow every other browser out of the water. People who come up with the best 3-5 ideas win Gmail accounts, and if we implement your idea you'll be acknowledged in both our paper and in Firefox credits. Your idea will also be appreciated by the millions of people who use Firefox :-). We'll also entertain Thunderbird proposals."

#101 Re: Re: Smart prefetching

by Ashmodai <>

Friday June 25th, 2004 6:26 AM

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I think that should only be done if the URL contains a number (that has increased by 1 or something from the last page to the current one) or if a "Next" <link/> is provided.

Something like the "Next/Previous" bookmarklet which increases the number in the URL by 1 would be useful. Just a little smarter. EX: You have been viewing the page <…s/2004/06/001/index5.html>, then <…s/2004/06/002/index5.html>, and are now viewing <…s/2004/06/003/index5.html>. Firefox could recognize the pattern and suggest <…s/2004/06/004/index5.html> as the next page "in line" (rather than <…s/2004/06/003/index6.html>, which the bookmarklet would open). This should also work when entering the URLs directly. Just call it "increment / decrement" instead of "forward / back" to avoid confusion.

Whether it should be able to recognize timestamps in URIs is a different question -- I think that'd be going to far for now.