Attribute prioritized configuration using a combined configuration-attribute data model

  • US 8,805,825 B1
  • Filed: 01/12/2005
  • Issued: 08/12/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/12/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for using computer assisted configuration technology to generate one or more attribute prioritized configuration answers to one or more attribute-based configuration queries, the method comprising:

  • performing by a computer system programmed with code stored in a memory and executable by a processor of the computer system to configure the computer system into a machine for;

    receiving one or more attribute-based configuration queries from a client system, wherein the attribute-based configuration queries include a selection of one or more parts of a product;

    processing the one or more attribute-based configuration queries, configuration rules, and attribute based preference algorithm using a combined configuration rules-attributes model and a configuration-rules processing engine to calculate valid configuration answers in accordance with the combined configuration rules-attributes model, wherein a plurality of the configuration rules define relationships between parts of the product and a plurality of attributes represent details about the parts;

    predetermining values of one or more combinations of attributes associated with respective configuration answers;

    storing the predetermined values;

    retrieving the stored predetermined values associated with a particular valid configuration answer if the particular valid configuration is an answer to one or more of the attribute-based configuration queries;

    receiving a selection of at least one of the one or more product attributes to be prioritized;

    prioritizing the valid configuration answers by one or more of the plurality of attributes in the combined configuration rules-attributes model; and

    providing at least a subset of the valid configuration answers to the client system, wherein the provided valid configuration answers are prioritized by one or more of the plurality of attributes.

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