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The internet search support system for children

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028023D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Apr-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-20
Document File: 3 page(s) / 39K

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A program is disclosed that provides user assistance in an internet search for little children (about 4 or 5 years old) who have difficulty to input appropriate search keywords based on the adult knowledge. The string input by children may include baby words or incorrect spelling words which cannot lead expected result. For example, children may have difficulty to express the words in Kanji characters as ideogram instead of Japanese Hiragana or Katakana characters as phonogram, Generally many web pages have lots of Kanji characters. To make up for such the insufficient word expression input by children, this program provides normalization and correction system based on a collection of children's vocaborary as a filter to narrow down a string to adequate criteria. To get the appropriate search keywords with the assistance of this program, children can get an expected web page as a result of the internet web search.

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The internet search support system for children

This program provides a server with a filter that corrects the baby words  inputted by children and an inference engine to create presumed words to be  used as search keywords. Children can determine proper words by answering a  question which is created dynamically by the presumed words and the  prepared question template. The program returns  the search result using  the determined word and the prepared URL index for children.

Prerequirement for Server side :

Create an index for the baby words and eliminate the improper contents 

(Adults sites) from the links. Prepare the baby words dictionary which includes potential words used by 



children. (5000-6000 words)

The procedure of this program is shown in Figure 1:

Input words using a keyboard by children

Server receives the words and normalize them in plain words. (Figure 2)

Narrow down to the normalized word using the baby words dictionary

In case the narrowed word is one word: Pass the word to a index search.

In case the narrowed word is more than one word: Create a question 

dynamically using attribute data of the word  in the baby�...