06718324 is referenced by 380 patents and cites 3 patents.

A system and method of metadata search ranking is disclosed. The present invention utilizes a combination of popularity and/or relevancy to determine a search ranking for a given search result association. Given the exponential growth rate currently being experienced in the Internet community, the present invention provides one of the few methods by which searches of this vast distributed database can produce useful results ranked and sorted by usefulness to the searching web surfer. The present invention permits embodiments incorporating a Ranking System/Method (

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) further comprising a Session Manager (

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), Query Manager (

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), Popularity Sorter (

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), and Association (

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) functions. These components may be augmented in some preferred embodiments via the use of a Query Entry means (

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), Search Engine (

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); Data Repository (

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), Query Database (

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), and/or a Resource List (

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).

Title
Metadata search results ranking system
Application Number
10/354751
Publication Number
6718324 (B2)
Application Date
January 30, 2003
Publication Date
April 6, 2004
Inventor
Shanghua Teng
Sunnyvale
CA, US
Jussi Myllymaki
San Jose
CA, US
Reiner Kraft
Gilroy
CA, US
Michael L Emens
San Jose
CA, US
Stefan B Edlund
San Jose
CA, US
Agent
Fleit Kain Gibbons Gutman Bongini & Bianco P L
US
Agent
Jon A Gibbons
US
Assignee
International Business Machines Corporation
NY, US
IPC
G06F 17/30
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