05982369 is referenced by 179 patents and cites 7 patents.

Images representing search results are displayed on a screen of a computer system. The search results are responsive to a search in a database initiated by a user by entering a keyword or keywords via an input device. The images are displayed in such a way that an image corresponding to the highest match value is the largest in size, while remaining matches are represented by images which are smaller in size, in direct proportion to their relevance to the keyword. In addition, the relevance of an image is indicated by its proximity to the keyword displayed on the screen: the closer the displayed image to the keyword, the more relevant the match represented by that image is to that keyword. This display operation is equivalent to two simultaneous searches with boolean operators "OR" and "AND", such as "keyword1 OR keyword2" and "keyword1 AND keyword2".

Title
Method for displaying on a screen of a computer system images representing search results
Application Number
8/844591
Publication Number
5982369
Application Date
April 21, 1997
Publication Date
November 9, 1999
Inventor
Kenneth Herndon
Suffern
NY, US
Eduardo Sciammarella
New York
NY, US
Agent
Frommer Lawrence & Haug
Agent
William S Frommer
Assignee
Sony Electronics
NJ, US
Sony Corporation
JP
IPC
G06F 17/30
G06F 3/14
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