Advertising is an important aspect of the Web as many services rely on it for continued viability. This paper provides insight into the effectiveness of using ant-inspired algorithms to solve the problem of Internet advertising. The paper is motivated by the success of collaborative filtering systems and the success of ant-inspired systems in solving data mining and complex classification problems. Using the vector space formalism, a model is proposed that learns to associate ads with pages with no prior knowledge of users' interests. The model uses historical data from users' click-through patterns in order to improve associations. A test bed and experimental methodology is described, and the proposed model evaluated using simulation. The reported results clearly show that significant improvements in ad association performance are achievable.

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Keywords Ant Colony Optimization, Collaborative Filtering, Pheromone, Stigmergy
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Series Lecture Notes in Computer Science
White, A, Salehi-Abari, A. (Amirali), & Box, B. (Braden). (2010). On how ants put advertisements on the web. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-13025-0_51