Patent Number: 7,043,535

Title: Systems and methods for combined browsing and searching in a document collection based on information scent

Abstract: Techniques are provided for combining searching and browsing into a single interface. The topology and content of a document collection or web site is determined and user information need keywords are determined. Relevant documents are identified using search techniques and the relevant document paths determined. The relevant document paths are analyzed using information scent to generate information scent values for the relevant document paths. A display attribute of the associated connection or link is then synthesized based on the information scent, the keywords and the document. The process repeats for each new document or web page.

Inventors: Chi; Ed H. (Palo Alto, CA), Olston; Chris (Los Altos, CA)

Assignee: Xerox Corporation

International Classification: G06F 15/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/09/02018