Database query system and method

  • US 7,158,968 B2
  • Filed: 03/21/2003
  • Issued: 01/02/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/22/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A data visualization system executed on a storage device, comprising:

  • a finite set of discrete values maintained in computer memory;

    a retrieval component configured to receive a database query expression and to retrieve a set of values from computer memory using the database query expression;

    a display component configured to display a graphical representation of each of the set of the retrieved data values centered on respective data points based at least partly on display parameters included in the database query expression; and

    a contour generator configured to generate and display one or more contour lines at least partly around each data point or group of data points, each contour line representing data values that are less than the data value(s) of the data point(s) around which the contour line is displayed.

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