A received query is processed so as to generate an initial group of ranked documents corresponding to the received query. Each document in all or a portion of the documents in the initial group of ranked documents is associated with a respective set of ranked candidate terms such that each candidate term in the respective set of ranked candidate terms is embedded within the document. Each respective set of ranked candidate terms is identified at a time prior to the processing of the received query. In accordance with a selection function, a subset of the candidate terms in one or more of the respective sets of candidate terms is selected. In response to the received query, the initial group of ranked documents and the subset of candidate terms are presented.

Title
Systems and methods for interactive search query refinement
Application Number
10/424180
Publication Number
20040186827
Application Date
April 25, 2003
Publication Date
September 23, 2004
Inventor
John Thrall
Fremont
CA, US
Alastair Gourlay
Boulder Creek
CA, US
Peter G Anick
Marlboro
MA, US
Agent
Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner
NY, US
Agent
Steven S Rubin
NY, US
IPC
G06F 07/00
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