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."

#20 Grouping peoples interests

by solhell

Saturday June 19th, 2004 10:50 AM

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(This post is not about suggesting new web sites based on user's browsing behaviour) If you think of it, a persons topics that s/he browses on internet is not diverse. Bulk of it is maybe 3 or 4 categories and 5-10 websites in each of these categories. If you are interested in technology news, you might be browsing slashdot, mozillazine, etc. If you are interested in nba, you go to,, and some discussion forums on your favorite team. Having established that, from learning perspective, it would be interesting for firefox to gather the 100 (for example) main websites I visit regularly and divide them into several categories automatically. Let me give more details on what I think: - Everytime I visit , I go there to see if there is new commentary. When there is one, I click on it and read it. I want to know if there is a new commentary on that web page (it might be couple days till they put a new item there). But I don't want to know if the web site changed or not. It is updated hourly with new news items, but I don't care about the news items. - Another example: I like <> web site. I have it bookmarked. But my interest is not this web site, which lists a bunch of discussion forums. Besides it is updated every minute as new posts are coming. I am interested in "NBA fans forum" on that website. So I directly click on this link when I go there. Now "NBA fans forum" lists a bunch of most recent forum posts. I am not interested in all posts. I am interested if it is related to the Grizzlies, or if it is related to Tim Duncan.

- Going back to categorization, I have several categories of interest. I have several main entery points for each of these categories. I have a main web page in each of these web sites (might or might not correspond to the main entery point). And I have certain behaviour on which kind of links/news/posts/items I am interested on this main web page.

Bottom line is, I want firefox learn this behaviour and then see if there is something interesting for me there...