Augmenting queries with synonyms selected using language statistics

  • US 7,475,063 B2
  • Filed: 04/19/2006
  • Issued: 01/06/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/19/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer implemented method, comprising:

  • receiving from a user through a user interface a search query comprising a query term, the search query having attributed to it a query language;

    deriving a simplified query term from the query term; and

    identifying one or more potential synonyms for the query term by looking up the simplified query term in a synonyms map, the synonyms map mapping each of a plurality of keys to one or more corresponding variants, each variant being a word associated with one or more document languages, and each variant being associated for each associated language with a variant-language score indicating a relative frequency of the variant among all variants for the associated language for the same key.

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