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Patent Issued for Attraction-Based Data Visualization

July 22, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, a patent by the inventors Zendler, Holger (Heidelberg, DE); Spieler, Benjamin (Mannheim, DE); Gaertner, Nadine (Speyer, DE), filed on December 2, 2010, was published online on July 8, 2014.

The assignee for this patent, patent number 8775955, is SAP AG (Walldorf, DE).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Search engines exist that assist computer users in finding digital resources stored on one or more computing systems, including a network of computing systems, such as the Internet. With the advent of the Internet, search engines have grown in speed and functionality, to accommodate demand for finding the billions of resources stored in computing systems connected across the Internet. Web search engines, for instance, are search engines designed to search for information on the Internet. Typically, a user submits a search query specifying certain keywords, criteria, or conditions and the search engine consults an index to determine which resources, known to the search engine, likely satisfy the search query. Results of the search, also known as 'hits,' can be returned to the user. In some cases, the user can access or request the resources included in a listing of hits directly from the listing. In some cases, depending on the search query and the search algorithm employed by the search engine, thousands, even millions, of hits can be returned in response to a search. Solutions have been developed to assist users in navigating sets of search results with large numbers of hits, as users rarely navigate through each and every search result returned by the search engine. In some instances, existing search engines return an ordered listing of search results, the listing ordered according to relevance of the search results, as determined by the search engine."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "This disclosure provides various embodiments for visualizing a set of digital resources using an interactive viewer tool. A plurality of digital resources can be identified in a set of digital resources stored in at least one computer-readable storage medium. An indication of a user selection of at least one criteria can be received, the user selection received through a user interface of a computing device. A degree of correlation can be determined, for each digital resource in the plurality of digital resources, between the digital resource and each of the at least one criteria. Data can be sent that is configured for use in presenting, in a window of the user interface of the computing device, a plurality of graphical resource objects and at least one graphical attractor object, each graphical resource object in the plurality of graphical resource objects representing a digital resource in the plurality of digital resources and each graphical attractor object representing one of the at least one criteria. Each resource object can be presented a distance from each attractor object, the distance based at least in part on the corresponding degree of correlation between the digital resource represented by the resource object and the criteria represented by the attractor object. In some aspects, each attractor object can model an attraction force applied to each resource object presented together with the attractor object, each attraction force having a magnitude based at least in part on the corresponding degree of correlation between the digital resource represented by the resource object and the criteria represented by the attractor object.

"While generally described as computer implemented software that processes and transforms the respective data, some or all of the aspects may be computer implemented methods or further included in respective systems or other devices for performing this described functionality. The details of these and other aspects and embodiments of the present disclosure are set forth in the accompanying drawings and the description below. Other features, objects, and advantages of the disclosure will be apparent from the description and drawings, and from the claims."

For more information, see this patent: Zendler, Holger; Spieler, Benjamin; Gaertner, Nadine. Attraction-Based Data Visualization. U.S. Patent Number 8775955, filed December 2, 2010, and published online on July 8, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: SAP AG, Information Technology, Information and Data Modeling.

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