Publication Date: 2011-Dec-05
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Disclosed is a Smart Search system applied to search results sets to enable more efficient and effective data mining. The interface/search technology and methodology makes suggestions to the user on how to better filter the results and provides additional filtering criteria of which the user may not have been aware. Smart Search also allows inclusion and exclusion based on other criteria which is inherent in search results.
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Typical search engines often produce massive result sets. Although they usually contain the right information, it is not easy to sort through the initial results. The de facto standard is to simply search again with different criteria if the result set is not succinct enough. Depending on the complexity of the search the user may force the inclusion or exclusion of certain keywords using the "+" and "-" operators. However, this approach is still not easy because there is no way to know how many search results are being impacted with the new search.
The solution is a new interface/search technology which gives users an interface to more efficiently and more effectively 'drill down' through the data. Instead of searching again, the new methodology allows the user to examine the results in a more critical way which allows them faster and more accurate data mining. The new "Smart Search" technology makes suggestions to the user on how to better filter the results and provide additional filtering criteria of which the user may not have been aware. Smart Search also allows inclusion and exclusion based on other criteria which is inherent in search results (e.g., by website, by date, with or without pictures, etc.) Some combinations of the Smart Search can be saved to provide the users a preferred search method which would not require putting the individual results into action for the search because they would be run through the users default Smart Search...