Determining WWW User's Next Access and Its Application to Pre-fetching
Cunha, Carlos R.
Jaccoud, Carlos F.B.
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CitationCunha, Carlos R.; Jaccoud, Carlos F.B.. "Determining WWW User's Next Access and Its Application to Pre-fetching", Technical Report BUCS-1997-004, Computer Science Department, Boston University, March 24, 1997. [Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/1605]
World-Wide Web (WWW) services have grown to levels where significant delays are expected to happen. Techniques like pre-fetching are likely to help users to personalize their needs, reducing their waiting times. However, pre-fetching is only effective if the right documents are identified and if user's move is correctly predicted. Otherwise, pre-fetching will only waste bandwidth. Therefore, it is productive to determine whether a revisit will occur or not, before starting pre-fetching. In this paper we develop two user models that help determining user's next move. One model uses Random Walk approximation and the other is based on Digital Signal Processing techniques. We also give hints on how to use such models with a simple pre-fetching technique that we are developing.