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AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Applying administrator defined ranking rules to alter the ranking of search results - This application from Microsoft seeks to patent the idea of...Applying a user-defined ranking rule on search results and re-ordering the search results based on the ranking rule! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications before they become patents. Follow @askpatents on twitter to help.
QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before 1/27/2012 that discusses:
- Re-ordering search results based on rules defined by a user.
If so, please submit evidence of prior art as an answer to this question. We welcome multiple answers from the same individual.
EXTRA CREDIT - Graphical User Interface allows a user to: configure the ranking rules such as to enter key/value restrictions or set a boost value, preview an application of one or more of the ranking rules, specify a portion of results from which statistics such as standard deviation, average score are calculated.
TITLE: User-configured rules to re-order search results.
Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] Receiving search results, applying user-defined re-ranking rules to the search results, and re-ranking the search results based on the user-defined re-ranking rules.
- Publication Number: US 20130198174 A1
- Application Number: US 13/360,536
- Assignee: Microsoft
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating 1/27/2012
- Open for Challenge at USPTO: Open through 1/28/2014
- Link to Google Prior Art Search - "Find Prior Art"
Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
A method for re-ranking search results, comprising:
receiving search results that are ranked; and
applying a ranking rule defined by a user to the search results that re-ranks the search results, wherein the ranking rule includes user specified parameters that influence how a result within the search results is re-ranked using statistical information relating to the search results.
In English this means:
A method for re-ordering search results, comprising:
receiving search results in an order in response to a search query executed using a search engine;
applying a re-ordering rule defined by a user to re-order the search results, where the re-ordering rule defines ordering a result within the search results on the basis of statistical information related to search results; and
re-ordering the search results on the basis of user-defined re-ordering rule.
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to 1/27/2012
You're probably aware of ten pieces of art that meet this criteria already... separately, the applicant is claiming A Graphical User Interface (GUI) displays options for a user to set search parameters to re-rank search results.
"User defined re-ordering of search results" from the Applicant
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