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Key Word in Context (KWIC) Index Concept Applied to Real Time Data Base Inquiry

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000075118D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-24
Document File: 3 page(s) / 66K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Ances, LJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

The present system provides real-time administrative and information systems with the facility for handling the unanticipated inquiry. It is designed to provide the user, who is not required to have a technical knowledge of the data base or the computer system, with the ability to get answers to his data base inquiry at the lowest level of detail.

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Key Word in Context (KWIC) Index Concept Applied to Real Time Data Base Inquiry

The present system provides real-time administrative and information systems with the facility for handling the unanticipated inquiry. It is designed to provide the user, who is not required to have a technical knowledge of the data base or the computer system, with the ability to get answers to his data base inquiry at the lowest level of detail.

This system is designed using an administrative system's data base, however, it is applicable to most real-time systems.

The Figure shows the basic flowchart for the system.

The user first selects whether he will enter data base labels or keywords. When the user does not know the data base labels of the field and file he wishes to retrieve, he enters the keywords which describe the data he is looking for. For example, when looking for a salesman's quota for March, he might enter the keyword QUOTA. The system, using a DD file indexed on keywords, then finds that there are 36 records that have a key of QUOTA. When there are an excessive number of matches on the keywords entered, the user can select to see all the field descriptions, or can enter another keyword to limit the selections. In the example he might enter MARCH. The system then displays to the user only the KWIC descriptions which contain his entered keywords. In this case they might be NSRI QUOTA MARCH, NIRI QUOTA MARCH, and NON- COMMISSION QUOTA MARCH. The selection of one of these KWIC descriptions indicates which field the user wishes to display.

If any of the keywords entered do not exist on the data base, the user is shown the unmatched keywords and he can select to continue on any matched keywords.

The system now determines, through the DD files, which files contain this field, and the KWIC descriptions of the keys to those files. These descriptions are then shown to the user and he selects one. This then determines the file to be used. The data that applies to the selected desc...