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A method to classify talking topics from multiple topics in a group chat Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238917D
Publication Date: 2014-Sep-25
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This article introduces a method to differentiate multiple topics from a group chat in an instant message communication system.

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A method to classify talking topics from multiple topics in a group chat

When many people attend a group chat of instant message communication tool, usually there are more than one topics discussed, even in the same time. As people use simple words or expressions in the chat, they usually assume others know the context or background, but in fact it isn't the case. Most of time, it's difficult to understand which topic the specific user is responding to.

However, there's no good solutions yet. User usually adds more words to explain which topics his response is related to. The drawback is user must say more sentence like " regarding to your 2nd questions about ...., I think...." which makes the conversation complex and
costs more attendees' effort to understand each response.

This article here introduces how to differentiate the multiple topics in a group chat. The topic submitter or any other else who realizes a new topic emerges, a new topic can be created with topic keywords, tags or a description of its main purpose. Following speakers then have the choice to confirm which topic he/she is responding to. The topic selection can be modified later by speaker. The topic title and purpose can be modified by anyone to keep it accurate. After the topics were classified, several sub chat topic areas are displayed together with the original full conversation area, so that user can select to only view interested topics.

Innovation Points Highlight

1. multiple topics are differentiated.

2. user can create new topics during group chat.

3. existing topics can be changed during group chat.

4. group chat can be viewed through selective topics.

4. group chat can be viewed in by classified topics.

5. topics can be identified automatically during group chat.

Below picture shows example of a group chat window. There's main topic area, and separate sub topic areas. When a response is posted, it shows in main chat body and also the single chattopic area it belongs to. Then user can focus on interested topics only. The wrong topic setting can be dragged from one area to the other.

(attendee list)


(main chat body)

Amy: …………………….. topic 1