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<nettime> A Large Scale Study of the Evolution of Web Pages
D. Jean Hester on Sat, 30 Aug 2003 07:17:27 +0200 (CEST)


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<nettime> A Large Scale Study of the Evolution of Web Pages


<http://www.research.microsoft.com/aboutmsr/labs/siliconvalley/pubs/p97-fetterly/p97-fetterly.pdf>


"Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard researchers collaborated to write this paper
for the Twelfth International World Wide Web Conference in May 2003. The
paper looks at the Web as a dynamic entity, constantly changing, and
considers how this behavior affects its usability. In particular, search
engines are noted as being especially susceptible since they cannot possibly
have records of the most current version of every Web page. To measure the
rate and amount of change, the researchers "collected 151 million web pages
eleven times over, retaining salient information including a feature vector
of each page." Their results show which Web page parameters are strong
indicators of future change. "



-- D. Jean Hester
www.divestudio.org
Interviewer: "Must an artist be a programmer to make truly original online 
art?"
John Simon: "Truly original? You Modernist! Whether you make art or not, 
understanding programming is an amazing understanding."
from "Code as Creative Writing: An Interview with John Simon"

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