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Method of Searching for diagrams, providing an input approximation using a sketch

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240549D
Publication Date: 2015-Feb-09
Document File: 5 page(s) / 158K

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Abstract

At present, none of the Modeling Tools provide way to search for diagrams given a pattern of shapes. Only elements on the diagram can be individually searched for and from the elements, user have to navigate to the diagram. Still, user may not have found the exact diagram he/she was looking for in case if there are many number of diagrams already created in the system or tool.

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Method of Searching for diagrams , providing an input approximation using a sketch

At present, none of the Modeling Tools provide way to search for diagrams given a pattern of shapes. Only elements on the diagram can be individually searched for and from the elements, user have to navigate to the diagram. Still, user may not have found the exact diagram he/she was looking for in case if there are many number of diagrams already created in the system or tool.

By using our features, a Sketcher will be provided for the user to specify the diagram pattern with a sketch and search criteria optionally to select from using multiple settings like, optional elements, order matching, position matching, depth matching, etc.. These settings can be applied to the whole sketch or to the individual elements as well. When a search is made with all these settings and the sketch, search results will be produced for the user to pick up the desired diagram.

User uses the sketcher to input the diagram elements (e.g. shapes, connectors, arrows, labels, etc). The sketcher will also provide ways to change the search criteria like below.


1) Exact match with the searching diagrams (shapes, labels, connectors and its directions with arrows).
2) Optional elements match (e.g. Sub pattern match, (with or without connectors)

3) Positional match (Just take the shapes in the positions only)

4) Size match (Just take the shapes in the relative size only)

5) Order match (Just take the shapes in the...