Search data processor

  • US 6,363,377 B1
  • Filed: 12/22/1998
  • Issued: 03/26/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/30/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for generating search queries to be sent to a search engine for searching a information management system, comprising the steps of:

  • a) receiving an initial search query;

    b) converting the initial search query to general boolean language;

    c) identifying a level in a respective hierarchy tree for each search query item in the initial search query;

    d) formulating additional related search queries by substituting items from the respective hierarchy tree for selected items in the query, the substituted item having a level in the hierarchy tree that is greater than or less than the level of the query item in the initial query; and

    e) forwarding the initial search query and the additional search queries in parallel to the search engine.

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