Re: Bins Architecture Re: TRS component Re: IM log browser mockup, call for hackers?


I think there is value in being able to display search results in some
kind of chronological fashion.  The metadata research that you will find
indicates very clearly that people tend to look for things based on two
pieces of metadata: who ("I know Eddie sent it to me, where is it?"),
and when ("I was reading about that last week, where was it?"). 

So naturally it makes sense to be able to display search results on some
kind of intuitive timeline. 

You can find a nice example of this in the Microsoft Research project,
"Stuff I've Seen."
	A screenshot of Stuff I've Seen in action.
	Stuff I've Seen homepage.

Their ideas aren't particularly original, and the screenshot is really
horrific, nothing like the beautiful elegant mockup from Tuomas.  But it
is essentially the same idea you guys are discussing.

Anyway, I think this is a general user interface metaphor, and we
probably don't need a big architecture built up to support it. I think
it would be good to try implementing it for IM logs and then, if someone
wants to give it a shot, it would be really excellent to have a Best
mode that sorts results in anti-chronological order.


On Wed, 2004-12-08 at 15:49 +0000, Srikant Jakilinki wrote:
> Cool Raphael. Glad to have you on board mate :-)
> I was thinking of a simple "bins" architecture. Let me explain -
> 1) We have "fixed" global bins like TODAY, YESTERDAY, THIS WEEK, LAST 
> 2) After seeing TODAY's value, all bins are initialized to time value 
> ranges. When any item's timestamp is extracted, it will go into the 
> corresponding bin. So, we can do a real-time sort in an interpretative 
> fashion on a first-come-first-serve basis. Of course we can use a cache 
> mechanism for displaying results (if it is too old beyond a threshold we 
> will leave the processing for later so that the latest items are always 
> displayed in a snap) and others are kept accruing. And if we indeed want 
> to go for XML, we can only generate the full document when we process 
> all values. Ideally, it should be a mixture. TRS could hold the bins in 
> an array or a table temporarily for applications like Best to use 
> directly and from this the XML is generated. We should be able to handle 
> the concept of a "saved search/query" as well
> 3) Extraction could happen by parsers/filters as you say. The minimum 
> thing parser has to output is a tuple - <TimeStamp, Snippet, Link>. TRS 
> will only use the TimeStamp when sorting into bins. The rest of the 
> tuples could be used to display the results. So, instead of putting the 
> entire email in the results, we will only display the snippet and point 
> to the original mail when the link is clicked. Snippets could be minimal 
> email headers or the start-point of a conversation or anything the 
> parser defines for itself. Best should be hidden from this. It just sees 
> a <snippet> tag and displays it - text or thumbnail or preview
> 4) TRS should be recursive as well. For example, when going into the 
> THIS WEEK bin and say it is Thursday today, we should have different 
> color/markings for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Similarly, if we 
> go in for TODAY, the markings would be for Morning, Afternoon, Evening, 
> Night.  So, the bins are more like Russian dolls. Similarly for LAST 
> YEAR, we would have January, February... All this is in reverse 
> chronological order. Key is to give such "sense" subtly and in ways that 
> we ourselves remember naturally
> 5) I wonder if the processing of TRS could be stored i.e. if an item 
> gets processed by TRS at some point, its timestamp and the bins it 
> belongs to should be retained in an index so that lookups can be easier 
> in the future. Wait, this could be very difficult to manage and refresh 
> but worth an implementation as a seperate timestamp index. Hmmm...
> 6) I hope that this is all comprehensible. Maybe Tuomas can do a mockup 
> sometime to make things clearer. Implementation should be in C# for 
> Beagle I suppose but it would be cool if we worked on the design and 
> pseudo-code first so that anyone could implement it in any language in a 
> days time. I left programming a long time ago I am afraid and I hope 
> someone who enjoys coding would be up for the challenge :-)
> Sorry guys for making bloating a simple IM log browser into something so 
> big and complicated. But I think this is a generic need for many. As a 
> first instance, we can implement an IM log browser (input from GAIM, a 
> parser for GAIM logs, simple TRS, output to arrays) using this 
> architecture and see how things go. Comments?
> ----
> Regards-Cheers-Sincerely,
> Srikant
> "Mythology... it's all Greek and Hindu to me"
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> Raphaël Slinckx wrote:
> > Hi i'm too interested in this thing, will it be written in Csharp ?
> > 
> > Concerning your figure you mean something like:
> > 
> > GaimLogParser-|
> > FileAttr------||
> > ...-----------|||
> > MailParser----||||
> >               ||||
> >               ||||
> >               ----
> >     All provide a well defined (timestamp,content(object or string ?)) 
> > added into a list. Should the list be sorted "real-time" as the items 
> > are added, or we send every item, then we ask to mangle the result ?
> >                 |
> >                TRS
> >                 |
> >               ------
> > * "Live query" like getTodayEvents(),getLastWeekEvents()
> > * Output to an XML file with a well defined DTD, that can be parsed 
> > (problem: only strings are allowed as events..)
> > 
> > Raf
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