Using network traffic logs for search enhancement

  • US 7,398,271 B1
  • Filed: 04/16/2002
  • Issued: 07/08/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/16/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for ranking documents, the method comprising the computer-implemented steps of:

  • identifying links to access a plurality of documents, wherein said links reside in documents other than said plurality of documents, and wherein said links are not presented to a user by a search tool;

    monitoring usage of said links to determine how frequently each of said links are used;

    assigning link weights to at least a subset of said links based at least in part on how frequently each of said links are used; and

    determining rankings of documents in said plurality of documents based at least in part on said link weights assigned to said links; and

    providing a list of search results that are ranked according to said rankings;

    wherein a first link and a second link link to a particular document of said plurality of documents and the step of assigning said link weights further includes assigning a higher link weight to said first link than to said second link if said first link is used more frequently than said second link to request said particular document.

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