Providing topic based search guidance

  • US 9,043,350 B2
  • Filed: 09/22/2011
  • Issued: 05/26/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/22/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. One or more computer-storage hardware devices having computer-executable instructions embodied thereon that when executed by a computing device perform a method of generating topical query suggestions in response to multiple search inputs, the method comprising:

  • receiving multiple search inputs from a user that are all part of a search session;

    for each search input, generating a set of search results, thereby forming a plurality of search results sets;

    extracting topics from each of the set of search results;

    identifying one or more common topics that were extracted from at least two of the plurality of search results sets;

    outputting the one or more common topics for display;

    receiving a selection of an individual topic within the one or more common topics; and

    outputting for display a subset of search results from the set of search results that is associated with the individual topic.

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