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Anders Sandberg suggested
> I have been thinking of running some program through the list archives > to do data mining, for example build sociograms (who responds to > whom?), find threads where someone participates, who glorifies who and > perhaps extract clusters of discussion. Maybe the way of improving > quality of the list lies in making archives more powerful?
Certainly. The archive server could then add simply meta-tag information to mails based on some kind of discriminant function analysis, or a weighting on 5-6 neural net vectors.
clients could then run private scripts like this simple example (in Applescript 'cause I am a Mac head)
set thisMailsWeights to (extract meta weights(mail_headers)) as list
set myRanking to 0
set n to 1
repeat with myWeight in myWeightings
set myRanking to myWeight * item n of thisMailsWeights
set n to n + 1
if myRanking is less than 3 then
mark the current mail as read
set the color of the current mail to "light gray" end if
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