Customized document research by a stigmergic approach using agents and artifacts

Customized document research by a stigmergic approach using agents and artifacts

Zina EL Guedria
Laurent Vercouter

Normandie Univ, INSA Rouen, LITIS, 76000 Rouen, France.

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Document research in a digital corpus can be considered as a browsing process driven by an information need. Such browses requires the use of traditional information retrieval tools to select relevant documents based on a query. But they can be improved by the use of customization and adaptation mechanisms in order to refine the representation of information needs. Several factors are useful to influence this customization: user profiles, browsing profiles, semantic proximity of documents, recommendations from other similar users, . . .We propose in this article to treat this diversity of influence by a multi-agent system interacting with a shared environment representing the users navigation. We follow a stigmergic approach in which the agents implement different customization factors and modify their shared environment, presented in a layer of artifacts, to influence the representation of users needs and the browsing.


coordination, evolution, adaptation, mixed systems.

1. Introduction
2. Recherche d’information et systèmes multi-agent
3. Système multi-agent pour une navigation personnalisée
4. Application à la navigation dans un corpus de document
5. Extension de l’architecture Agent-Artefact proposée
6. Conclusion et perspectives

Les travaux menés dans cet article bénéficient d’un financement du Grand Réseau de Recherche : Logistique, Mobilité, Numérique de la Région Haute-Normandie (projet PlaIR 2.0, 2013-2016).


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