System for generation of object profiles for a system for customized electronic identification of desirable objects

  • US 5,835,087 A
  • Filed: 10/31/1995
  • Issued: 11/10/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/29/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for cataloging a plurality of target objects that are stored on an electronic storage media, where users are connected via user terminals and bidirectional data communication connections to a target server that accesses said electronic storage media, said method comprising the steps of:

  • storing on said electronic storage media each target object;

    automatically generating in said target server, target profiles for each of said target objects that are stored on said electronic storage media, each of said target profiles being generated from the contents of an associated one of said target objects and their associated target object characteristics comprising;

    automatically generating a hierarchical menu that directs said users to at least a subset of said plurality of target objects stored on said electronic media, comprising;

    sorting all target objects in said subset into a plurality of clusters of target objects based on an empirical measure of similarity of content of said target objects, andgenerating a hierarchical menu that identifies the content in common of target objects sorted into each of said plurality of clusters, to enable said identified user to identify ones of said plurality of target objects stored on said electronic storage media that are likely to be of interest to said identified user.

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