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Donate Your Bookmarks To Science (AIS) watch


    ) NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 03 May 2002 21:21:29

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    For full details go to http://www.bookmark.ac

    Artificial Immune Systems (AIS) are a new paradigm modelled after the 'real' thing. We believe that
    they could be developed into an extremelypowerful tool to extract information from a database. In
    order to confirm this conjecture, we decided to experiment with the task of extracting useful
    information from a database of Internet addresses. Will an AIS be able to recommend sites of
    interest to the user? Can it match 'antigen' users with an 'antibody' database?

    To do this research we ask for your help. We would like you to email us the set of website addresses
    (URLs) contained in your favourites or bookmark file. Please be assured that we will keep NO
    PERSONAL DETAILS once we have received the email. We will simply copy the bookmarks into a database
    and delete the email so we will not be able to contact you in relation to your bookmarks, nor will
    we have any way of matching up the list of bookmarks with you.

    Please send your files to the following address, which you can also use to ask us any questions you
    might have or if you are simply curious about our research:

    [email protected]

    We estimate that we need about 1000 people's lists to make the research viable and so we would
    really appreciate it if you can help us. So far we have collected 520. If you would like details of
    the results of the research once it is finished then please indicate. If you agree, we will keep all
    these email addresses separately to enter them into a draw for two 15 Pound tokens and so that we
    can send the research details.

    Please pass on our request for help to other people and mailing lists. More information and detailed
    instructions how to extract and submit the bookmark / favourite file from most browsers can be found
    at http://www.bookmark.ac

    Thank you very much.

    Dr Uwe Aickelin & Tom Morrison

    Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, UWE, Bristol, UK.
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