Towards a Theory for a Sociable Software Architecture

Emmett Davis and Bonnie Holte Bennett

The complex relationship of networks of information that exist on the web and in modern computer systems requires advanced link-analysis capabilities in order to make sense of the deluge of data. Applications are emerging which use intelligent agents to gather data, however, they are rarely more than specially tuned search engines with the goal of gathering individual’s purchasing and chat proclivities. We propose a link-analysis architecture focused on the individual with attention on the individual’s discourse communities. We believe this focus, along with the development and refinement of a discourse community thesaurus can uniquely begin to model the social and cultural components of a user’s profile. This profile can help to begin to create more truly intelligent agents performing richer link analysis.

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