SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
TECHNICAL REPORT 1998/15
A decision-theoretic approach for pre-sending information on the WWW
A E Nicholson, I Zukerman and D W Albrecht
We present a decision-theoretic model which determines whether to pre-send web documents a user is likely to request. Our model balances the cost of transmitting information with the inconvenience or cost to a user caused by having to wait for required information. It uses a Markov model built from web-access data to predict which documents are likely to be requested next. A comparative evaluation of our pre-sending scheme identifies circumstances in which our scheme is beneficial for users.