Efficient Information Gathering on the Internet* (extended abstract)

@inproceedings{Etzioni1996EfficientIG,
  title={Efficient Information Gathering on the Internet* (extended abstract)},
  author={Oren Etzioni and Steve Hanks and Tao Jiang and Richard M. Karp and Omid Madani and Orli Waarts},
  booktitle={FOCS 1996},
  year={1996}
}
The Internet o ers unprecedented access to information. At present most of this information is free, but information providers are likely to start charging for their services in the near future. With that in mind this paper introduces the following information access problem: given a collection of n information sources, each of which has a known time delay, dollar cost and probability of providing the needed information, nd an optimal schedule for querying the information sources. We study… CONTINUE READING
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