06873982 is referenced by 234 patents and cites 9 patents.

An apparatus, program product, and method rely on user interaction in the ordering search results returned by a search engine. Each of a plurality of records in a database is associated with a user feedback parameter that is used in ordering the records identified in a result set generated in response to a search request. The user feedback parameter for a given record may be selectively updated in response to detecting multiple accesses thereto by a user and/or in response to detecting that the record is the most recently accessed record in the result set. In addition, the user feedback parameter for a given record may be configured with a plurality of weights that are respectively associated with particular keywords, such that ordering of the records in a result set can utilize only those weights that are associated with keywords that match a particular search request. Furthermore, a search request data structure may be utilized to store a plurality of search request records, each including a search request identifier identifying a unique combination of keywords, and a result set identifier identifying a subset of a plurality of records in a database that match the unique combination of keywords. The search request data structure may be accessed in response to a search request to locate a search request record including a search request identifier that matches the keywords provided in the search request, with a result set generated that identifies the subset of records identified in the result set identifier in the located search request record.

Title
Ordering of database search results based on user feedback
Application Number
9/356241
Publication Number
6873982 (B1)
Application Date
July 16, 1999
Publication Date
March 29, 2005
Inventor
John Matthew Santosuosso
Rochester
MN, US
Paul Reuben Day
Rochester
MN, US
Cary Lee Bates
Rochester
MN, US
Agent
Wood Herron & Evans
Assignee
International Business Machines Corporation
NY, US
IPC
G06F 017/30
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