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Topically relevant objects in an object database are first identified using any generally known methods to obtain a set of topically relevant objects (topically relevant set). Parents, and in alternative embodiments other ancestors, of one or more of the topically relevant objects are identified according to directional structural relationships that the parents have with respect to the topically relevant objects. These objects form a set of structurally relevant objects (structurally relevant set). In some embodiments, the user query identifies one or more of these structural relationships. The topically relevant objects are then organized under one or more of their respective parents to form a hierarchy level of both (topically relevant and structurally relevant) sets of objects. In some preferred embodiments, the process can iterate to create more than one hierarchy level.

Title
System and method for hierarchically grouping and ranking a set of objects in a query context based on one or more relationships
Application Number
8/804599
Publication Number
5875446
Application Date
February 24, 1997
Publication Date
February 23, 1999
Inventor
Edward Cholchin So
Flushing
NY, US
John Martin Prager
Hackensack
NJ, US
Hamed Abdelfattah Ellozy
Bedford Hills
NY, US
Rong Nickle Chang
Ossining
NY, US
Eric William Brown
New Fairfield
CT, US
Agent
Louis J McGinn & Gibb P C Percello
Assignee
International Business Machines Corporation
NY, US
IPC
G06F 17/30
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