Matt Hamilton wrote:
> On Mon, 11 Jun 2001, Chris Withers wrote:
> > Wow Matt, you seem to know what you're talking about :-)
> My final year University project was to create an Open Source mailing list
> archive :)  I did quite a bit of reading into information retrieval and
> assorted algorithms and data structures.  

Ah, okay :-)

> Once I get a spare minute I am going to try and re-implement it in Python
> and using ZODB (with BerkeleyDB storage) I might try and port some of the
> code over to work as a PluggableIndex too.


> One of the main tasks is to write a python wrapper around my compression
> code.  I will have to look more closely at how to write Python modules in
> C, as it does lots of bit twiddling which is in a very tight loop.  The
> object will basically be a compressed list to which you can append
> ascending integers and will allow various fast union/intersection
> operations with other similar objects.  This in itself may be sufficent to
> use in a PlugginIndex.

Yeah, I'd love to see it...

> Unfortunately I don't have the time.  Unless I can use it myself directly
> in a project we have funding for (or unless anyone wants to fund my time
> to develop it) I will have to wait until I have some more time on my
> hands.

No worries...



> > PS: Whereabouts in the UK are you?
> Bristol.

hehe... will be out celebrating my birthday there this Wednesday evening :-) If
you see me lying in a gutter on Thursday morning, please don't kick me too hard

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