Information foraging theory – A framework for intelligence analysis

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Authors
  1. Bryant, D.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN)
Abstract
Information Foraging Theory (IFT) is proposed as a framework in which model information search in the military intelligence analysis domain. Information Foraging Theory explains human information search and exploitation as adaptations to the informational structure of the environment and has been used to model peoples’ preferences for information types, rules for exploiting discrete information sources, and the use of semantic cues to enhance the search process. A plan for the application of Information Foraging Theory to the military intelligence domain is described, beginning with the process of describing the task environment in which analysts work and moving to the issue of defining key Information Foraging Theory concepts in that environment. The report ends with a discussion of ways application of IFT may benefit military intelligence analysis, such as automated goal analysis and parameter tracking, enhancing information scent cues, and information visualisation techniques.

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Keywords
information foraging;intelligence analysis;information search
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2014-R115 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Nov 2014
Number of Pages
56
DSTKIM No
CA039631
CANDIS No
800621
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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