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Project ID: 144
Author: Dave Harrell
Project Title: The Design and Implementation of an Internet-Based Comparison Shopping Agent
Semester: Spring 1999
Committe Chair: Dr. David Thomas
Committee Member 1: Dr. Holly Patterson
Committee Member 2: Mrs. Nancy Cameron
Project Description: This project is the design and implementation of an Internet-based, comparison shopping search agent. The search agent is designed to retreivve and compile pricing information for books from on-line booksellers. The agent accepts various input parameters such as keywords, author, title, or ISBN, and scans the pre-configured list of on-line booksellers for pricing information. The composite results are displayed in a tabular format. Barious special abilities are included in the agent design. The agent adapts to sub-optimal network condidtions and searches merchants using an efficiency heuristic. An object-oriented extensible framework allows for the inclusion of other goods.
Project URL:   144.pdf