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Information Foraging Theory

Information Foraging Theory


Information foraging theory is a model of how people search for information. It is derived from optimal foraging theory which is a model that predicts how an animal behaves when searching for food.

Foraging theory is based upon a cost-benefit evaluation where cost is the amount of resource consumed to achieve a goal. Information foraging uses an analogy of an animal deciding what to eat and exploring where it can be found, the most effective way to obtain it and how much energy the meal will provide.


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