Accession Number : AD1003600


Title :   Information Foraging Theory: A Framework for Intelligence Analysis


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : Defence Research and Development Canada - Toronto Toronto, Ontario Canada


Personal Author(s) : Bryant,David J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1003600.pdf


Report Date : 01 Nov 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 56


Abstract : Information Foraging Theory (IFT) is proposed as a framework in which model informationsearch in the military intelligence analysis domain. Information Foraging Theory explainshuman information search and exploitation as adaptations to the informational structure of theenvironment and has been used to model peoples preferences for information types, rules forexploiting discrete information sources, and the use of semantic cues to enhance the searchprocess. A plan for the application of Information Foraging Theory to the military intelligencedomain is described, beginning with the process of describing the task environment in whichanalysts work and moving to the issue of defining key Information Foraging Theory concepts inthat environment. The report ends with a discussion of ways application of IFT may benefitmilitary intelligence analysis, such as automated goal analysis and parameter tracking,enhancing information scent cues, and information visualisation techniques.


Descriptors :   INFORMATION RETRIEVAL , MILITARY INTELLIGENCE , MILITARY FORCES FOREIGN


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE