SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
MONASH UNIVERSITY


TECHNICAL REPORT 1998/15


A decision-theoretic approach for pre-sending information on the WWW

A E Nicholson, I Zukerman and D W Albrecht

ABSTRACT

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.