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System and Method for the Interaction of a Spatial Search Apparatus which Supports Accretion, Division and Exclusion Disclosure Number: IPCOM000011584D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Mar-06
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Mar-06
Document File: 6 page(s) / 105K

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A graphical user interface for search is disclosed which supports rough equivalents of the Boolean notions of and ("accretion"), or ("division"), and not ("exclusion"). The main idea of this invention is to provide a search interface such that the process of proposing search criteria and subsequently refining a search is a channeled activity and not one where the user is readily taken off on alluring tangents that interfere with meeting the immediate goal of finding most relevant documents.

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YOR820010168 Louis J Percello/Watson/IBM Jon Lenchner

  System and Method for the Interaction of a Spatial Search Apparatus which Supports Accretion, Division and Exclusion

  We have built a prototype system using Java for searching a user's Lotus Notes' based email database. The interface is depicted below.


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         In response to the query "reed, terry : recent()" a two dimensional plot is made with "reed, terry" on the vertical axis and "recent()" on a horizontal axis The generalization to three-dimensional plots is obvious, but we have limited our prototype development to two dimensions. The alternative axes are intended to look like three-dimensional rods and the mouse cursor turns to a grasping hand when over a rod to indicate that the axes / rods are designed to be moved.. The most relevant documents are plotted, with scores against the two axes as indicated. The more relevant the document is with regard to the search criteria on the particular axis, the further along the axis it is placed. Words which best disambiguate the space of documents plotted are offered as suggested alternative axes (here: "support," "office," and "again"). An axis can be merged with an existing axis, or "accreted," by dragging one on top of the other and releasing the mouse atop the combo-box of the unmoved axis. For example, from the diagram above, one can drag support atop RECENT(), to get a combined axis a...