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Method and System for Enhanced Look up of Difficult Words in Text Content

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000225632D
Publication Date: 2013-Feb-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 16K

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Gaurav Sindhwani: INVENTOR [+3]

Abstract

A method and system for displaying the meaning of one or more words that is difficult for a user to interpret while reading text content is disclosed. The method and system identifies one or more difficult words for the user by taking into account user profile, online activity and context of the one or more words. Additionally, the one or more difficult words are highlighted in the text content, thereby enabling the user to view the meaning of the difficult words by hovering over or otherwise selecting the difficult words.

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Method and System for Enhanced Look up of Difficult Words in Text Content

Abstract

A method and system for displaying the meaning of one or more words that is difficult for a user to interpret while reading text content is disclosed.  The method and system identifies one or more difficult words for the user by taking into account user profile, online activity and context of the one or more words.  Additionally, the one or more difficult words are highlighted in the text content, thereby enabling the user to view the meaning of the difficult words by hovering over or otherwise selecting the difficult words.

Description

A user can encounter one or more difficult words while reading an article and may have to refer to a dictionary to understand the meaning of the one or more difficult words, thereby causing interruption while reading.  Over a period of time such interruptions become an irritant and the user either simply ignores such words or stops reading the article.

Disclosed is a method and system for identifying one or more difficult words for a user and present the meaning of the one or more difficult words when the user hovers over, or otherwise selects the one or more difficult words to improve the reading experience of the user. 

The method and system identifies the one or more difficult words for the user based on one or more of three classes of triggers or signals consisting of personalization signals, global complexity signals and context signals.

In one embodiment, when a user is logged on or otherwise uniquely identified, the method and system uses the personalization signals to parse the text from content associated with or related to the user such as, but not limited to, blogs, comments, emails, Facebook* and Twitter** to identify words that are known to the user.  The method and system can also utilize the user’s browsing history, profession and language preferences for ranking and identifying a list of words that are known to the user. 

In a scenario, the word schizophrenia may appear in an article.  The word can be a common word for a doctor but not for a stock trader and thus schizophrenia is identified as a difficult word and the meaning of the word schizophrenia is displayed to the user.  The meaning can be displayed in a pop-up window, a tooltip or nearby the content upon mouse-over or other means of selection such as click, touch, or prolonged touch.

In another embodiment, the method and system uses the global complexity signals to determine the difficulty level of a word by analyzing one or more search query logs, including but not limited to dictionary search query logs or search query logs related to finding a definition, a larg...