Systems and methods of indexing and retrieving data

CAFC
  • US 6,243,699 B1
  • Filed: 01/04/2000
  • Issued: 06/05/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/03/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of indexing and retrieving data being posted by a plurality of users to a wide area network, comprising:

  • providing the users with a mechanism for posting the data as parametized items;

    providing the users with listings of previously used parameters and previously used values for use in posting the data;

    providing the users with summary comparison usage information corresponding to the previously used parameters and values for use in posting the data; and

    providing subsequent users with the listings of previously used parameters and values, and corresponding summary comparison usage information for use in searching the network for an item of interest.

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