T-61.271 Visualization project description
26. Visualization of email box

Autmn 2002

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General information

The purpose of the project work is to get hands on experience and deeper understanding on one specific area of the course. At the same time you will be forced to think on some of the more general issues that are confronted every time a visualization method is developed or used.

To complete the project you will probably need information that has not been discussed on the lectures or in the exercises. Most of the time relevant information can be easily found on the web, course books or in some cases references to articles will be given. If you have problems finding information on the subject please contact the lecturer or the assistant for hints and guidance.

The project work will be valid for one year after the original deadline.

General requirements

specific requirements

The goal of this project is to create a visualization tool to visualize email messages, usenet articles or similar messages.

The tool should have the following features

  1. The tool should be able to read a set of documents e.g. in a form of a Unix mbox file.

  2. You should choose appropriate set of features (e.g. some header lines or key words in the subject or the contents).

  3. The tool should analyze the features using a suitable statistical method.

  4. It should visualize the relations in the documens using for example the methods described in Card et al.p. 413.

Submitting the project work

The project work should be submitted my email to:


Jarkko Venna 2002-09-12