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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by ziggy (25) on 2005.03.14 13:25 (#38864) Journal
    Am I doomed?
    Not really.

    The problem is that classification is a very tough problem to solve. You could spend lots of money and lots of time coming up with the one true classification system that will always be right (except when it disagrees with every other classification system that other people have spent lots of time and money developing).

    del.icio.us is a Perlish response: the solution is messy because the problem space is messy. Instead of solving the problem on the scale of 1, 2, or 3 classification systems, it solves the problem on the scale of a few thousand classification systems. Sure there will be noise, but over time, the chaos reaches a local maximum, and you begin to see the patterns that are meaningful to you. After a while, you can identify patterns in the noise that help you filter them out. (i.e., ignore bookmarks from anyone who uses the tag 'interesting'.)

    The only problem with del.icio.us folksonomy at the moment is that Joshua needs to spend some more time on filtering, bundling, merging and profiling links and tags. But these are the kinds of questions that only arise when you have a few million bookmarks to study. We're just now starting to see both the problems and solutions emerge.