Advertisement

Building Comparison-Shopping Brokers on the Web

  • Simone C. dos Santos
  • Sérgio Angelim
  • Silvio R. L. Meira
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2232)

Abstract

Comparison-shopping brokers can create value to transactions between consumers and vendors by aggregating services and product information that were traditionally offered by separate vendors, thus reducing search costs and contributing for efficiency on Web electronic markets. Specifically in retail markets where the diversity of product data is greater, it is not always easy to find what a consumer is looking for on the Web. This paper presents an architecture for comparison-shopping brokers that provides precise information about products and vendors to consumers, retrieving this information in unstructured sources like the Web and heterogeneous business data on online stores. We also present and discuss a case study of this architecture in use, the WhereBuy broker, detailing its product comparison process.

Keywords

Comparison Process Online Store Product Description Electronic Marketplace Business Data 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    Bakos, Y., 1998. The Emerging Role of Electronic Marketplaces on the Internet. Communications of the ACM, 41(8).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Egev A., Gebauer J. and Farber F., 1999. Internet-based Electronic Markets. Haas School of Business, Berkeley.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Guttman R. H. and Maes P., 1999. Agent-mediated Electronic Commerce: a Survey. MIT, Media Laboratory.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Maes P., Guttman R. H. and Moukas G., 1999. Agents that Buy and Sell: Transforming Commerce as We Know It. MIT Media Laboratory. Cambridge, MA.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Arens Y. and Chee C. Y. et all, 1993. Retrieving and integrating data from multiple information sources. International Journal on Intelligent and Cooperative Information Systems, 2(2):127–158.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Porter M. E. and Millar V. E., 1985. How Information Gives You Competitive Advantage, Harvard Business Review.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Jeusfeld M. A., 2000. Business Data Structures for B2B Commerce. Tilburg Univesity, Infolab, The Nertherlands.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Albers M., Jonker C. M., Karani M., and Treur Jan, 1999. An Electronic Market Place: Generic Agent Models, Ontologies and Knowledge. University of Amsterdam, The Nertherlands.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Doorenbos R. B., Etzioni O., and Weld D. S, 1996. Scalable Comparison-Shopping Agent for the World Wide Web. Technical report UW-CSE-96-01-03, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Oard D. W. and Marchionini G., 1996. A Conceptual Framework for Text Filtering. University of Maryland.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Knoblock C. A. and Ambite J. L., 1996. Agents for Information Gathering. In J. Bradshaw, editor, Software Agents. AAAI/MIT Press, Menlo Park, CA, in press.Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Knoblock C. A. and Ambite J. L., 1994. Reconciling agent models. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Intelligent Information Agents, Gaithersburg, MD.Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Simone C. dos Santos, Sérgio Angelim and Silvio R. L. Meira, 2001. A Framework for Web-Commerce Search Brokers, International Conference on Internet Computing, Agents for e-Business on the Web section. Las Vegas, EUA.Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Simone C. dos Santos and Silva F. Q. B., 2000. Electronic Intermediaries as Marketing Agents, International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems. Staffordshire University, Stafford UK.Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Almeida V., Meira W., Ribeiro V., Ziviani N., 1999. A Quantitative Analysis of the Behavior of a Large Non-English E-Broker. Depto. of Computer Science, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil.Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Simone C. dos Santos and Meira, Silvio R. L, 2001(in development). Um Framework para Intermediários Provedores de Informação em Mercados Eletrônicos (A Framework for Information Intermediaries in Electronic Marketplaces), PhD. Thesis, Centro de Informática, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone C. dos Santos
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sérgio Angelim
    • 2
  • Silvio R. L. Meira
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Centro de Informática UFPEUniversidade Federal de PernambucoVárzea Recife-PEBrazil
  2. 2.CESAR - Centro de Estudos e Sistemas Avançados do RecifeAreias Recife-PEBrazil

Personalised recommendations