Saad Bashir Alvi, M.Sc.

Peer-to-Peer Information Retrieval

Peer-to-Peer networks enable networked hosts to share resources in a distributed manner. An important issue in such networks is to efficiently and effectively search the contents of the peers connected to it. This can be achieved by efficient and effective routing of content-based queries in these networks. Current approaches dealing with this issue are working heuristically. There is no convincible theoratical model incorporated in such networks. I believe such model can get users required information, according to there own preferences. These preferences include time, relavence and money. The decision theoratical framework for resource selection aims at minimising overall costs which includes monetary costs, time and retrieval quality. My work targets at incorporating this model into Peer-to-Peer networks to utilize all its benefits.