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Visualizing your inbox

Bill Zeller, a PhD student at Princeton, sent me the link to his project "graph your inbox", that is an attempt to visualize the "data" in your Gmail account.

Graphyourinbox

Seems to me that it acts as a sophisticated "search my mail" engine. The most interesting part is the ability to click on a point or a bar in one of the charts, and have the corresponding emails show up in the preview panel. This interactive ability is also available in the modern commercial graphing packages, and they are extremely useful for data exploration.

Technically, this is a compelling achievement. The amounts of data being processed, organized, summarized, plotted.

I think he needs to figure out some compelling use cases for something like this. Can you help? How would you use this capability if it is available?

Comments

Account Deleted

Xobni Add-in for Outlook does this too. I have used this to when picking up people to send personal new year greetings to. Pick them in descending order of number of conversations I have had.

Joe

When I search for the e-mail addresses of the significant others I've had since I got gmail, I get an interesting graph of my relationship history.

Sanford Silverburg

It would help to be able to have multiple scales on the Y-axis, something I would like to learn how to do.

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