Experiments with an Economic Model of the Worldwide Web

  • Georgios Kouroupas
  • Elias Koutsoupias
  • Christos H. Papadimitriou
  • Martha Sideri
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3828)


We present a simple model in which the worldwide web (www) is created by the interaction of selfish agents, namely document authors, users, and search engines. We show experimentally that power law statistics emerge very naturally in this context, and that the efficiency of the system has certain monotonicity properties.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georgios Kouroupas
    • 1
  • Elias Koutsoupias
    • 2
  • Christos H. Papadimitriou
    • 3
  • Martha Sideri
    • 1
  1. 1.Athens University of Economics and BusinessAthensGreece
  2. 2.Dept of Informatics and TelecommunicationsUniversity of AthensAthensGreece
  3. 3.University of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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