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Amazing idea. I guess user interfaces for websites could follow a similar route some day. You specify the parameter range for the appearance of a website and the system finds the appropriate settings for a given demographic/geographic segment/time of day.



Hey guys, I wrote something called Genetify that is designed to be a general-purpose, unobtrusive way to optimize any kind of content on a web page for any arbitrary goal. Check it out at http://demo.genetify.com .

Or read John Resig's (JQuery) nice intro: http://ejohn.org/blog/genetic-ab-testing-with-javascript/

I really do want to make this into an open-source project for everyone. There a lot of cool optimizations you could do with a web page once a goal has been defined. If you are interested, could you post something at least indicating your support on John's blog? I think it will be the de facto place to discuss the open-sourcing of Genetify.

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Actually, I have been thinking a lot on this idea. It is called adaptive web design. Cluttered web pages can be made a lot less cluttered by adaptively removing elements which are rarely used. Plus the system can also automatically test variations in designs, colours, etc depending on the user profile.

My idea was to make a javascript library which when included would automatically analyze the page structure and make the pages adaptive without much of an effort from the developer. The only thing here is that heavy javascript processing would be required to modify pages on the fly. Or, this can also be done on the backend but that would require templatizing existing websites (which could further slow down adoption of this technique).

Any thoughts?

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I think the coder of this service replied with a similar example. Apparfently he started from customizable js websites and did ads later. I hope he moves the website thing to an open source project.

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