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Using a Synonym Dictionary to Sort Electronic Mail

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120908D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Vincent, JP: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is given for sorting incoming mail into user-defined categories of interest using a computer synonym dictionary.

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Using a Synonym Dictionary to Sort Electronic Mail

      A method is given for sorting incoming mail into
user-defined categories of interest using a computer synonym
dictionary.

      Consider a computer electronic mail system.  Typical such
systems allow users to send and receive pieces of correspondence.
These pieces typically have a subject and a body which are
distinguishable.  Current art allows the user to sort mail based on
several qualities, such as urgency, sender, time, priority, etc.  It
is desired to be able to sort mail based in the degree to which the
recipient is interested in the topic of the correspondence.  Current
art provides a means to sort by subject, but because different
senders of correspondence may use different words or different word
orders, this alphabetic sorting of mail is often of little benefit.

      A better solution is to use a computer synonym dictionary to
look for subjects of interest.  A user of the electronic mail system
specifies the topics of interest, and can specify that the topic must
be exact, or that synonyms for the topic are accepted.  For example,
if the user is working on a project with a code name Rosebud,
synonyms of bud or flower are not useful.  If, however, the user is
working a project concerning graphic images, synonyms of graphic or
image would be useful.

      The electronic mail system would isolate the subject of each
in- coming piece of correspondence and use the synonym checker for
t...