Some processes covered in patents granted last week by the US Patent and Trademark Office:
Microsoft reranking results based upon redundancy of information,
Ask reranking pages based upon affinities between searchers,
Hewlett-Packard creating queries for searchers to investigate from scanned documents, and;
Exalead forming dynamic query refinements from words found in documents located within search results.
A number of new patent applications were published also, which involve search in some manner. Microsoft describes targeted contextual advertising in alerts, and debuts two versions of [...]
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