The patent's assignee for patent number 8640017 is
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "This invention relates to software that interfaces to information access platforms.
"A search engine is a software program used for search and retrieval in database systems. The search engine often determines the searching capabilities available to a user. A web search engine is often an interactive tool to help people locate information available over the world wide web (WWW). Web search engines are actually databases that contain references to thousands of resources. There are many search engines available on the web, from companies such as Alta Vista,
As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "In an aspect, the invention features a method of maintaining a collection of data including extracting text from the collection of data, the text corresponding to keys and values, generating a feature lexicon from the extracted text, generating a language lexicon from the extracted text and generating configuration files corresponding to the extracted text. Also included is generating a site-specific grammar configuration file. Generating the site-specific grammar configuration file includes loading a grammar file and expanding the grammar file with the extracted text. Configuration files may include a site-specific configuration file, an application-specific configuration file, a search logic configuration file and a prose configuration file. The site-specific configuration file includes universal resource locations (URLs). The collection of data may be a relational database, an XML database, or an HTML database. The method may also include updating the configuration files in response to a change in the collection of data, wherein the updating includes updating the feature lexicon, updating the language lexicon using a stemming process and augmenting grammar files from extracted key and values of the changed data. The method may further include receiving a query and answering the query in conjunction with the configuration files.
"Embodiments of the invention may have one or more of the following advantages.
"When a collection of data changes occurs, information access utilizes the most current configuration files.
"Bootstrapping an information access process requires genuine knowledge of how grammar rules for items searching looks like, specific to the collection of data being analyzed.
"The structuring of the set of grammar files into generic, application-specific and site-specific configuration files allows for maximum automatic generation of new grammar files from the main collection of data. The bootstrapping process can build the logic and prose configuration files provided that a system developer has inputted information about the hierarchy of products covered in the main collection of data."
For additional information on this patent, see: Chang,
Keywords for this news article include: Software,
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