Bookmark: P.US.House.08
Title: System and method for trans-factor ranking of search results
Author: House, Tip
Author: Buckley, Ron
Author: Perlman, Gary
Date: 2011-06-07
Publisher: OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
Standard number: U.S. Patent 7,958,116
Note: Filed: 2008-07-03
Absract: A system and method for trans-factor ranking of search results. Any number of attributes of items in a database being searched may be synthesized into a uniquely suitable ordering that brings relevant and authoritative results to the top of the list whenever such results exist in the database. The manner in which the attributes are used to create this ordering may be varied by users to tailor the ranking to their needs, and by database providers to take advantage of unique database contents. Attributes that are not in the database may be created dynamically and used to synthesize the order, based on the intersection between attributes that do exist in the database and attributes that are associated with the user or database manager. Attenuation and amplification factors are applied to attributes to control rankings. A multi-ranking interleaver determines a final ordering when more than one ranking strategy is used.

Bookmark: P.US.Page.98
Title: Method for node ranking in a linked database
Author: Page, Lawrence
Date: 2001-09-04
Publisher: Stanford University
Standard number: U.S. Patent 6,285,999
Keywords: page-rank
Note: Filed: 1998-01-09
Absract: A method assigns importance ranks to nodes in a linked database, such as any database of documents containing citations, the world wide web or any other hypermedia database. The rank assigned to a document is calculated from the ranks of documents citing it. In addition, the rank of a document is calculated from a constant representing the probability that a browser through the database will randomly jump to the document. The method is particularly useful in enhancing the performance of search engine results for hypermedia databases, such as the world wide web, whose documents have a large variation in quality.

Bookmark: P.US.Henderson.87
Title: User interface with multiple workspaces for sharing display system objects
Author: Hernderon, D. Austin, Jr.
Author: Card, Stuart K.
Author: Maxwell, John T., III
Date: 1991-12-10
Standard number: U.S. Patent 5,072,412
Note: Filed: 1987-03-25
Absract: Workspaces provided by an object-based user interface appear to share windows and other display objects. Each workspace's data structure includes, for each window in that workspace, a linking data structure called a placement which links to the display system object which provides that window, which may be a display system object in a preexisting window system. The placement also contains display characteristics of the window when displayed in that workspace, such as position and size. Therefore, a display system object can be linked to several workspaces by a placement in each of the workspaces' data structures, and the window it provides to each of those workspaces can have unique display characteristics, yet appear to the user to be the same window or versions of the same window. As a result, the workspaces appear to be sharing a window. Workspaces can also appear to share a window if each workspace's data structure includes data linking to another workspace with a placement to the shared window. The user can invoke a switch between workspaces by selecting a display object called a door, and a back door to the previous workspace is created automatically so that the user is not trapped in a workspace. A display system object providing a window to a workspace being left remains active so that when that workspace is reentered, the window will have the same contents as when it disappeared. Also, the placements of a workspace are updated so that when the workspace is reentered its windows are organized the same as when the user left that workspace. The user can enter an overview display which shows a representation of each workspace and the windows it contains so that the user can navigate to any workspace from the overview.

Bookmark: P.US.Pike.82
Title: Dynamic generation and overlaying of graphic windows for multiple active program storage areas
Author: Pike, Robert C.
Date: 1985-11-26
Publisher: AT&T Bell Laboratories
Standard number: U.S. Patent 4,555,775
Keywords: backing-store
Note: Filed: 1982-10-07
Absract: A graphic terminal is disclosed using bitmaps to represent plural overlapping displays. Graphics software is also disclosed in which the overlapping asynchronous windows or layers are manipulated by manipulating the bitmaps. With this software, the physical screen becomes several logical screens (layers) all running simultaneously, any one of which may be interacted with at any time.