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Solving Your Email Problem with Big Data

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admin emailby Angela Guess

Jason Hiner of ZDnet reports, “Over 150 billion email messages are currently being sent every day from about 3.5 billion email accounts worldwide. So, it’s easy to understand why we miss important messages as we struggle to keep up with the surge. For some, the situation has become so bad that email is no longer a reliable way to get in touch with them since they can’t quickly sort out the important stuff. A new research project coming out of Israel looks to solve part of the problem by using big data to boil down email messages to their most important information and summarize them to be digested much more quickly, especially on mobile devices.”

Hiner continues, “The project is led by Mark Last, an assistant professor at Ben Gurion University in Be’er-Sheva, Israel, and it’s focused on using algorithms to summarize blocks of text into their most important elements. From the standpoint of email, this could have two main benefits: (1) Create one-sentence email summaries to be used in preview panes so that users can quickly flip through a list of messages and see the main idea of each email without having to open it. (2) Summarize long emails into 100-200 words that highlight the key points. Last and his team of researchers at BGU are accomplishing this by using the tools of big data. In fact, Last has been working on big data and using it to solve problems since 1996 when he was a PhD student at Tel Aviv University. That was long before it was ever called ‘big data.’ Back then it just data mining with unstructured data — one of the key elements of big data — and Last’s PhD sponsor barely understood the web mining and text mining research that he was doing.”

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