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'The merits of Intelligent Agents for retrieving electronic documents from the Internet.'

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REPORT: 'THE MERITS OF INTELLIGENT AGENTS FOR RETRIEVING ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS FROM THE INTERNET.' When the Internet was introduced to the general public, a wealth of information was also opened to them. For anyone using the Internet, finding the exact information that they required was a lot harder to do than it is now. The main reason for this is the use of search engines that look through the electronic documentation that is on the Internet and return to the user documents that contain the keywords that the user had previously inputted into the search engine. Intelligent information agents carry out these searches. Intelligent agents can be defined as: "An autonomous, computational software entity that has access to one or more, heterogeneous and geographically distributed information sources, and which pro-actively acquires, mediates, and maintains relevant information on behalf of users or other agents" In short agents are tools that do jobs on the Internet that have been specified by the programmer or the user. ...read more.


Even though agents cannot display the exact document you are looking for every time, they can considerably narrow the search for the user. Some find the documents by having a database of documents with information of how many times a word occurs in the document. Whenever a word is searched for, the agent returns an ordered list of documents that have the queried word with the highest occurrence. The problem with most search agents is that they cannot get over obstacles such as syntax, context or the semantics of the search query. This is apparent when sites deliberately make spelling mistakes to avoid their site being blocked by a filtering agent. The same filters are applied to some search agents and the same problems can arise. One way that search engines can get ahead of the rest is to be personalized to certain users. The more that a user searches for a topic, the more likely those topics will turn up in general searches, thus making it even more efficient. ...read more.


Owners of documents in the search engine database could also pay to have their site at the top of the list when their topic is searched for. Agentland.com (2001). Learn all about Intelligent Agents. Retrieved on 11th May 2003 from the World Wide Web: http://www.agentland.com/ Geek.com (2002). PlayStation 3 ... not a "console"? Retrieved on 13th May 2003 from the World Wide Web: http://www.geek.com/newsbeta2/geeknews/2002Sep/gee20020910016266.htm Hermans, B. (1997). Intelligent Software Agents on the Internet. Retrieved on 3rd May 2003 from the World Wide Web: http://www.firstmonday.dk/issues/issue2_3/ch_123/ Huhns, M. N. (1997). AGENTS ON THE WEB. IEEE INTERNET COMPUTING, pp.80-82. Jen-Yuan, Y. (2001). Information agent technology for the Internet: A survey. Johnson, D. (2000). The Future of the Search Engines. Retrieved on 13th May 2003 from the World Wide Web: http://www.searchengineguide.com/detlev/2002/0213_dj1.html Lander, E. (2003). The Future of Search Engines: Are All Eyes on Google? Retrieved on 10th May 2003 from the World Wide Web: http://www.topsitelistings.com/searchengines/future_of_google.htm Ltd, F. i. S. (2003). Search Engine Services. Retrieved on 10th May 2003 from the World Wide Web: http://www.futureinsites.co.uk/marketing.jsp Wang, C.-C. (2000). XML-Based Dynamic Search Agent for the Internet Information Retrieval. ...read more.

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