METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING AMBIGUOUS, MULTITERM SEARCH QUERIES

  • US 20100325106A1
  • Filed: 08/27/2010
  • Published: 12/23/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/26/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A user-interface method for searching a relatively large set of content items in response to unresolved keystroke entry by a user from a keypad with overloaded keys in which a given key is in fixed association with a plurality of alphabetical and numerical symbols and the entry has relatively few keystrokes so that a subset of targeted content item results is quickly presented, the method comprising:

  • using an ordering criteria to rank and associate subsets of content items with corresponding strings of one or more unresolved keystrokes for overloaded keys so that the subsets of content items are directly mapped to the corresponding strings of unresolved keystrokes;

    subsequent to ranking and associating the content items with strings of unresolved keystrokes, receiving a first unresolved keystroke from a user, wherein one of the plurality of alphabetical and numerical symbols in fixed association with the first unresolved keystroke is a symbol the user is using to search for desired content items;

    selecting and presenting the subset of content items that is associated with the first unresolved keystroke based on the direct mapping of unresolved keystrokes to the subsets of content items;

    subsequent to receiving the first unresolved keystroke, receiving subsequent unresolved keystrokes from the user and forming a string of unresolved keystrokes including the first unresolved keystroke and the subsequent unresolved keystrokes in the order received; and

    selecting and presenting the subset of content items that is associated with the string of unresolved keystrokes received based on the direct mapping of unresolved keystrokes to the subsets of content items.

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