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A search engine system displays the results of a multiple-category search according to levels of relevance of the categories to a user's search query. A query server receives a search query from a user and identifies, within each of multiple item categories, a set of items that satisfy the query. The sets of items are used to generate, for each of the multiple categories, a score that reflects a level significance or relevance of the category to the search. The scores may be based, for example, on the number of hits within each category relative to the total number of items in that category, the popularity levels of items that satisfy the query, a personal profile of the user, or a combination thereof. The categories are then presented to the user, together with the most relevant items within each category, in the order of highest to lowest category relevance.

Title
Search query processing to provide category-ranked presentation of search results
Application Number
10/404992
Publication Number
6963867 (B2)
Application Date
March 31, 2003
Publication Date
November 8, 2005
Inventor
Ruben E Ortega
Seattle
WA, US
Dwayne E Bowman
Woodinville
WA, US
Christopher L Scofield
Seattle
WA, US
James L Ford
Bellevue
WA, US
Agent
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear
Assignee
A9 com
CA, US
IPC
G06F 017/30
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