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."

#49 Highlighting

by nogwater

Sunday June 20th, 2004 10:16 PM

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It would be great if Mozilla/FireFox could automatically highlight text and or paragraphs that it thinks you'll be interested in. It could either be based on words/phrases that in the past you've shown interest, or based on recent search queries (or any text submitted in a form?)

This would be especially useful with links. If there was a way for FireFox to know what links you're most likely going to want to click (again based on past history, or by pre-crawling) and then highlight those links somehow, it would make surfing that much more fun. Of course, it could get you in a bit of a rut. Imagine doing a Google search and having the 4th result down light up because it's actually the one you want.

Maybe there could even be a way to mix this with something like