Method and system for classifying and locating media content

  • US 6,735,583 B1
  • Filed: 11/01/2000
  • Issued: 05/11/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/01/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method in a computer system for classifying and locating a plurality of media content units using a structured vocabulary stored in a data repository, the structured vocabulary having a plurality of terms ordered such that the relationship of each term to each other term is inherent in the ordering, comprising:

  • for each media content unit, determining a term within the structured vocabulary that represents a characteristic of the media content unit; and

    associating an identifier of the determined term with the media content unit so that the media content unit is characterized by the determined term;

    receiving a request to locate a media content unit based upon a search term; and

    using the structured vocabulary to determine a collection of media content units that are characterized by the search term.

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