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Method and System for Predicting and Displaying Next Possible Windows for a Task

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239425D
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-05
Document File: 3 page(s) / 265K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for predicting and displaying the next likely windows to be used in conjunction with the current task by organizing the associated files and web pages into clusters. The method and system identifies a file cluster for the current task, which forms a workspace; the system then determines a probabilistically ordered next-window list for the current task.

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Method and System for Predicting and Displaying Next Possible Windows for a Task

To complete a single task on a personal computing device often many files need to be opened in various applications. Besides opening files in different application windows for one particular task, the user also needs to open many browser windows, or many tabs in the same browser, in order to search for information. While working on the task, the user may want to switch from one window to another. Since the user works on many tasks at the same time, many windows are open on the computer desktop. Thus, the user is likely to take a lot of time to find and switch to the right files and the right

windows.

Disclosed is a method and system for predicting and displaying the next likely windows for a task by organizing the associated files and web pages into clusters . The method and system collects action information and correlates files to form a file browser window cluster for each particular task. Thereafter, clustered files and browser windows may be viewed in a task-specific workspace using a graphical visualization such as a network diagram. The method and system predicts likely next windows for the current task based on the actions performed in the current window and other previous actions that are deemed to be part of the same task . Thereafter, the predicted possible next

windows are presented to the user to select and switch to on the fly . The user is also allowed to manage the cluster for the task by manually removing or adding related files or browser windows. Thus, the user's workspace or desktop can be better organized by displaying only clustered documents and web pages.

For forming the file and web page cluster for a task , the method and system records and analyzes user actions. Based on the user actions, the files and browser windows related to the task are identified. The files and browser windows in the cluster are presented to the user as a network diagram, or other analogous visualization, as shown in Figure 1. It is possible for files or browser windows to appear in several clusters such as the file denoted by the red node in the figure . In the figure, C1, C2 and C3 represent independent clusters (and hence tasks). The red node denotes the currently open file or browser window. If the current file or browser window is associated with just one task, the default view just shows files for this one task, however the user is also given an option to show additional task clusters in case some of the expected files or browser

windows for the current task are not shown.

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A user is free to work with this task-based view or not. Files or browser windows can be switched to by clicking on the associated nodes. Network edges can also be assigned

weights based on a user's queries. The weights can be changed based on such things as currency of access and/or total access time. The weights can be used to assign a probability tha...