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GUI Display for Easy Search of the Web

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014368D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Challener, D: AUTHOR

Abstract

The problem many people have today in searching the Web, is that they need to know logic and logic symbols in order to do an efficient search. Some search engines try to get around this problem by trying to use fuzzy logic on the search words, but this makes those engines less efficient for those who DO know logic and logic symbols. What is needed is a method of making it clear to the end user what the options he/she has, and allow the results of a search to produce information that will enable them to quickly and easily narrow down their search to what they want to find. This invention is to allow a person to put in search words in two places: words to look for and words to avoid. The search engine would then produce a Venn diagram of the results, with each sector of the Venn diagram Active. So if the search was for find: Four Engines avoid: thomas There would be One circle for Four, one for Engines, which would no doubt intersect. The number of hits in each section would be listed, and their relative size would reflect the number of "hits". Inside these file would be other sections which would be those which do or don't include the word: Thomas.

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GUI Display for Easy Search of the Web

The problem many people have today in searching the Web, is that they need to know logic and logic symbols in order to do an efficient search. Some search engines try to get around this problem by trying to use fuzzy logic on the search words, but this makes those engines less efficient for those who DO know logic and logic symbols. What is needed is a method of making it clear to the end user what the options he/she has, and allow the results of a search to produce information that will enable them to quickly and easily narrow down their search to what they want to find.

This invention is to allow a person to put in search words in two places: words to look for and words to avoid. The search engine would then produce a Venn diagram of the results, with each sector of the Venn diagram Active. So if the search was for

find: Four Engines avoid: thomas

There would be One circle for Four, one for Engines, which would no doubt intersect. The number of hits in each section would be listed, and their relative size would reflect the number of "hits". Inside these file would be other sections which would be those which do or don't include the word: Thomas.

The end user could then click on those sections he wanted listed, and then push another button to have them shown. (Or a double click could be used to just look at one particular section).

In really complicated searches, color coding might be necessary.

In addition, in order to ref...