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Information Retrieval System Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036943D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Larson, LE: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a combination of a manual and a computerized process of encoding textual material occurring in computer files in such a way that the result of the encoding can be used as the criteria for searching a data base to determine if material in a data base is related directly, closely, or not at all.

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Information Retrieval System Interface

Disclosed is a combination of a manual and a computerized process of encoding textual material occurring in computer files in such a way that the result of the encoding can be used as the criteria for searching a data base to determine if material in a data base is related directly, closely, or not at all.

The textual material accepted by this process may be contained in any file or message that is composed of characters commonly thought of as directly displayable on a display device (e.g., printers, display tubes).

The files containing the textual data may be of types normally thought of as string, spool, notes, listing, program source, objects, or any other type that can display textual data. Similarly the process places no requirement that the material used as the input to the encoding process for search purposes appear in a file of the same type in the data base.

The process disclosed does not require a particular style of writing for the textual material. This makes it possible for a user of the process to augment, or bypass totally, any encoding the process may create by scanning the usual styles of textual material.

The search definition is accomplished by presenting to a computer operator the textual material of an item represented in a file using a file editor. The computer operator marks the portion(s) of the file that represent the main interest of the file to be used for a search of related entries in a data base. The portion of the file used may range from the simple function statement appearing in a source program prologue, and functional requirements appearing in business proposals, problem descriptions appearing in service requests, or even the entire string file representing a document.

The computer program looks at each textual character and develops a list of words. A word is defined as a sequence of alphanumeric characters or a single special charac...