Method and apparatus for indexing, searching and displaying data

  • US 5,544,352 A
  • Filed: 06/14/1993
  • Issued: 08/06/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/14/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A research system for computerized searching of textual objects, wherein the textual objects are stored in a database, comprising:

  • a computer processor for processing commands and manipulating the textual objects stored in the database;

    a means, coupled to the computer processor, for entering the commands to be processed by the computer processor;

    a means for indexing the textual objects using the computer processor and the entered commands comprising;

    a means for creating vectors representing the textual objects wherein the vectors are created using non-semantical relationships that exist among or between the textual objects;

    a means for searching the indexed textual objects using the vectors to obtain a pool of textual objects comprising a means for vector searching of the indexed textual objects using the vectors;

    a graphical user interface means for converting the pool of textual objects into a graphical view comprising;

    a means for forming a box to graphically represent one or more of the textual objects in the pool; and

    a display, operably coupled to the graphical user interface means, for showing the graphical view including any of the boxes formed.

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