A Probabilistic Method for Autonomic Updates of Content for an on-demand Web site
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jun-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jun-11
Disclosed is a method that allows Web sites (or comparable systems) with changing or evolving content to "test" new content with a limited audience before serving it to the entire requesting population. A Web site, in addition to a single Web page, can have alternate versions of that page with links to new or different content. These alternate pages can be served to a small percentage of the requestors. As the clients click on the link(s) to the new content, the percentage of people who receive the new content can be increased. When a threshold of clicks is reached, then the new content can automatically, via the Web Server, replace the old content (either by merging various alternate pages or by replacing an entire page). Conversely, if the new content is never clicked, then it can be logged as such and discarded as not interesting to the users.