Methodology for extracting quasi-random samples from world wide web domains
Featherstone, Michael, Adam, Stewart and Borstorff, Patrica 2009, Methodology for extracting quasi-random samples from world wide web domains, Journal of international business research, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 63-67.
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The purpose of this paper is to describe a process for sampling specific domain name zones on the World Wide Web. Because of the size of the Web, sampling strategies must be employed in order to effectively model and study the Web business environment. This paper discusses Various efforts employed to sample the Web, which ranged from random generation of Internet Protocol Addresses and domain names, to the process finally employed to create descriptive models of the dot-com domain name zones. The paper suggests that sampling the Web Top Level Domains offers a reasonable alternative for business researchers because it requires only familiarity with the use of the simple Web utilities such as File Transfer Protocols to obtain initial domain name listings.
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