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Use of taxonomy in improving search results Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015324D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Nov-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

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Use of taxonomy in improving search results Taxonomies have been used in many different applications in the area of browsing or searching a collection. When used during browsing the user is presented with a set of categories that are part of the taxonomy (or taxonomies), the user selects one or several of them and proceeds exploring the data space in that fashion. Clearly, this approach lends itself to exploring both flat and hierarchical taxonomies. Similarly, taxonomies can be exploited in a search scenario. The user specifies a search, the user or the system specify a set of categories within which the search is to be performed and then the search is executed. The just described scenario has a few issues. In general, users do not want to have to specify a category partly due to inertia and partly due to not knowing what to specify. Many users want to use search to explore the data, but at the same time are frustrated when the results do not satisfy their needs.