Content aggregation method and apparatus for on-line purchasing system

  • US 6,714,933 B2
  • Filed: 04/10/2002
  • Issued: 03/30/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/09/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of aggregating product information for use in a product database including various products arranged in product categories, the product information being collected from a plurality of sources in a networked computer environment regarding products of a product category comprising the steps of:

  • generating a crawler from a server interconnected to the network computer environment to visit the plurality of sources;

    gathering product phrase information from each of the plurality of sources via said crawler; and

    determining whether at least one phrase of said product phrase information is a product characteristic associated with a product category;

    wherein said crawler utilizes computational linguistics to gather said product phrase information which includes a phrase and at least one characteristic of said phrase.

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