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Method and apparatus for optimising search engine results based on user defined criteria Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248103D
Publication Date: 2016-Oct-26
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This disclosure proposes a way to organise results from a search engine according to a user-defined white list of preferred sites. This allows a user to only display search results from sites that they are interested in. Users can opt to only show results from one site, or from a group of user-defined sites. Multiple groups or white lists can be created so that the user can select which group of sites to direct a search engine request to. This has the advantages of reducing the number of search hits from potentially thousands or millions to a small amount of hits, all of which are from sites that the user has specified as being sites of interest to them.

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Method and apparatus for optimising search engine results based on user defined criteria

Modern day internet search engines index billions of pages and store them in data centers around the world. Users then enter a set of particular keywords in a search engine browser, which compares the keywords against the indexed pages, returning the result set that match the criteria.

The number of pages that match the searched on criteria can vary, however usually thousands or even millions of hits may be returned if the search criteria is too generic. The search engine will then attempt to rank these search hits in an attempt to display the most relevant first.

As an example of the amount of pages a search engine can find, a search on "new books" in a popular search engine such as Google returned in excess of 2 billion hits.

In many cases a user does not wish to search against the entire search engines list of indexed pages. The user may only want results from a known list of web pages that are user defined. This invention proposes a method and apparatus to search against a list of user defined pages or "white listed" pages in an exclusive or priority manner.

This disclosure proposes a method and apparatus to organise search results according to a user-defined white list of preferred sites.

For example, a user who is an avid reader always purchases books from one of 5 different online book retailers depending on which retailer has the best price at the time. Searching on the title of a book may return one hundred thousand hits, with the users favourite sites potentially not being displayed on the first 50 of the returned results. Using this invention, the user can elect for the search to be run against only the 5 specific retailers that he is interested in. Any results returned will only be from one of these 5 retailers. Alternatively, the user can merely have these 5 sites returned ahead of other results.

The invention method involves a user building up named groups (one or more) of preferential sites. At the time of search, these "white lists" can be selected to affect the order of returned results, either exclusively from the selected list, or with hits from the selected list ranked ahead of hits outside the list. This way users sees their search results with their preferred sites listed first.

The apparatus for the invention can be implemented in the search engine (preferred), or in the search client. Implementation in the search engine involves a user account with the engine that allows preferred sites to be white listed and grouped by name. At search time, the user can indicate through the client that one of more of the named white lists should be used when determining search results , and whether the results should be exclusively from the list(s), or merely ordered ahead of non-listed sites.

This method has several advantages over the existing art of returning a search list from the entire search index:


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