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The effects of web logs and the semantic web on autonomous web agents

Evans, M. P., Newman, R., Millea, T. A., Putnam, T. and Walker, A. (2004) The effects of web logs and the semantic web on autonomous web agents. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 3280. pp. 676-687. ISSN 0302-9743

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-30182-0_68


Search engines exploit the Web's hyperlink structure to help infer information content. The new phenomenon of personal Web logs, or 'blogs', encourage more extensive annotation of Web content. If their resulting link structures bias the Web crawling applications that search engines depend upon, there are implications for another form of annotation rapidly on the rise, the Semantic Web. We conducted a Web crawl of 160 000 pages in which the link structure of the Web is compared with that of several thousand blogs. Results show that the two link structures are significantly different. We analyse the differences and infer the likely effect upon the performance of existing and future Web agents. The Semantic Web offers new opportunities to navigate the Web, but Web agents should be designed to take advantage of the emerging link structures, or their effectiveness will diminish.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:15216
Additional Information:Proceedings Paper 19th International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences (ISCIS 2004) OCT 27-29, 2004 Kemer Antalya, TURKEY
Publisher:Springer Verlag

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