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System and Method to find similar discussion threads

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000216339D
Publication Date: 2012-Mar-31

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Abstract

Discussion forums have become a very popular way of knowledge sharing. While being different from web pages in that users of discussion forums are full peers and content can be authored by any person (unlike a web page where the admin has special privileges), discussion forums are valuable sources of subjective knowledge (unlike wikipedia which are for factual knowledge). We disclose techniques to find similar discussion forum threads to a query forum thread that utilize several aspects of thread data, most prominently, the inherent structure in thread data. Such techniques could aid providing functionalities such as "find similar threads" to knowledge seekers who browse online forums.