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Email Equations

Email lists are useful for communicating with groups, but it is difficult to refine the intended audience. When planning a surprise party, for example, it is time consuming to delete the guest of honor's address from the multiple e-mail lists one wants to contact. We have built a tool that makes it easy to modify e-mail lists and, thus, contact specific audiences. The tool provides the computational mechanism for solving 'e-mail equations'. An equation for the aforementioned example could be ((partyPeople@mit.edu & dancers@mit.edu) - joe@mit.edu). This equation would resolve to address all recipients of two e-mail lists except for joe@mit.edu. E-mail list addition, subtraction, intersection and xor can be computed with our tool.

Email lists are useful for communicating with groups, but it is difficult to refine the intended audience. When planning a surprise party, for example, it is time consuming to delete the guest of honor's address from the multiple e-mail lists one wants to contact. We have built a tool that makes it easy to modify e-mail lists and, thus, contact specific audiences. The tool provides the computational mechanism for solving 'e-mail equations'. An equation for the aforementioned example could be ((partyPeople@mit.edu & dancers@mit.edu) - joe@mit.edu). This equation would resolve to address all recipients of two e-mail lists except for joe@mit.edu. E-mail list addition, subtraction, intersection and xor can be computed with our tool.