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Questions on Summer 2004 Milestone 3

Alright, so we are wondering what the scope of the unusual events should be? Are we looking for trends within the scope of a week, month, year? Thanks. Pear And Pineapple
a week is probably too small of a time frame for most things, somewhere between a month and a year is probably about right, although it sortof depends on the events & who the user is.

think about your schedule & how long it takes you to get used to something new. in school, it changes dramatically at the begining of each semester, right? so your trends last over a 3-4 month period. if you were out in the workplace, trends might last over a year or even longer.

some other things to keep in mind:
  • the first 1 or 2 occurrances of a series of usual events (ex. the first week or two of classes for a semester) is unusual, even though later events in the pattern will be "usual"
  • the absence of a usual event is unusual.
  • it might be usual for someone's tuesday afternoon, for example, to be booked solid, but the actual events may vary from week to week

Note that just tagging non-recurring events as unusual is not enough. Recurring events may be unusual (e.g. birthdays, monthly or even bi-weekly meetings), and non-recurring meetings may be usual. As an example of the latter case, my Tuesday and Thursday afternoons are usually booked up with student meetings, although which students I'm meeting varies. But it's usual for those times to be busy.

One further note: we want you to put the time and effort into building GOOD user interfaces for the desktop and PDA. Don't build an interface a particular way because it's the easiest way to do it, take the time to do it right. A good PDA interface is not just a scaled down desktop interface!


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