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An editable and re-useable intelligent search method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248086D
Publication Date: 2016-Oct-25
Document File: 10 page(s) / 1M

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This disclosure discloses an editable and re-useable intelligent search method. This method allows the user to select his/her interested chapters and sections prior to searching the text by keyword in the electronic reader. It allows the user to customize the searching result and save the customized result in the database for future use. Comments and tags can also be added to the searching result. This method provide an effective way for reading according to the individual's habit.

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An editable and re-useable intelligent search method

Nowadays, reading electronic documents has become a very important way for people to get information. More and more people choose to read electronic documents rather than prints. The user can easily locate the content by clicking the section in the table of content. But if the user wants to find something by keyword, a search function is necessary. At present, there is a search function in the electronic reader which is the keyword searching method. Keyword within the document will be highlighted. The user needs to read all the results to find the information he/she wants. Sometimes the results are in the chapters which the user doesn't care, such as the preface and the postscript. Sometimes, the results turned out to be a different meaning from what the user wants. The user needs to spend lots of time filtering the results. And, this process needs to be repeated every time searching the same keyword. Currently, there is no good way to solve this problem.

This disclosure discloses a method allowing the user to select his/her interested chapters and sections prior to searching the keyword in the electronic reader. The result can be customized by the user, and saved for future use. The electronic reader calculates the section information of the keyword, and save them in the database. The user is allowed to add comments, tags for the searching result. The comments and tags are also saved in the database. When searching a keyword, the electronic reader searches the database to check whether there are some history results about the keyword. If there are, the electronic reader will display them to the user, the user decides whether to choose one of the history results according to the comments or choose to re-search in the document.

This method is consisted of two components: electronic reader at front-end and database system at back-end. The electronic reader allows the user to define the search scope, customize the searching result and add search-result-based comments, tags and etc. At back-end, the searching results are stored in the database, including keywords and the location information of the keywords, search-result-based comments, tag, etc. This method can be implemented as an advanced search function for the user. The User inputs a keyword, the the electronic reader searches the keyword in the database. When there is no record matches the keyword, it starts to do text search within the electronic book, and saves the searching result in the database. Once it matches any records (existing searching results) it displays the detailed information about the records, such as tags, creating timestamp and corresponding comments. The user can determine whether to use the existing result or just ignore it and start from a new search.

There can be two tables in the database to save the searching results. One is the keyword location information table, another is the keyword basic infor...