Inquiry and Introspection for Non-Deterministic Queries in Mobile Networks

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Executive Summary

This paper focuses on the information gathering support needs for enterprises that operate over wireless mobile ad hoc networks. While queries are a convenient way to obtain information, the highly dynamic nature of such networks makes it difficult to ensure a precise match between the results returned by a query and the actual state of the enterprise. However, decisions can be made based on the perceived quality of the information retrieved; specialized query support is needed to control and assess the accuracy of the query results. In this paper, the authors introduce the notion of inquiry mode to allow the user to exercise control over the query processing policy so as to match the level of accuracy to the requirements of the task.

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