Multi-level mindpool system especially adapted to provide collaborative filter data for a large scale information filtering system

  • US 6,029,161 A
  • Filed: 11/19/1998
  • Issued: 02/22/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/04/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A mindpool system for developing collaboration informon rating data for use in filtering informons for a current user of a filter system in which the mindpool system is operated, the mindpool system comprising:

  • a plurality of user nodes arranged in a heirarchical structure having at least two node levels;

    each user node having assigned thereto system users who have at least one common characteristic;

    at least a bottom node level of the heirarchical structure receiving informon rating data from time to time from each of multiple users of the filter system, with the user informon rating data for a first informon being input to user nodes in the bottom node level according to the user node assignments of the users rating the first informon; and

    a mindpool manager system for routing rating data received for the first informon in any one user node to other user nodes in any node level according to selected criteria and for distributing the first informon rating data to at least selected ones of users belonging at least to each bottom level node to which the first informon rating data is input or routed for use in informon filtering operations subsequently executed in the filter system for the users selected for distribution of the first informon rating data.

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