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Brake arrangement in a motor saw Patent #: 5984054
ApplicationNo. 706762 filed on 08/28/1996
US Classes:705/1, AUTOMATED ELECTRICAL FINANCIAL OR BUSINESS PRACTICE OR MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENT705/400, FOR COST/PRICE707/1, DATABASE OR FILE ACCESSING707/3Query processing (i.e., searching)
ExaminersPrimary: Stamber, Eric W.
Assistant: Rhodes, Jason W.
International ClassG06F 015/00
AbstractThe invention is a set of processes for improving the interface of a self-organizing database. This type of database stores both questions and answers. The improved interface processes enable a user who has found a (first) question in the database to enter a new (second) question and label that second question as "more specific" than the first. When a user presses an "enter more specific question" command, the system enables the user to enter a question and then stores the question and labels it as more specific than the first, and links the two questions in the database. Then, when any user has found the first question, the system enables him to "go to" the linked, more specific question by entering a "go to more specific question" command. Further, when a user has found a question, the system can present a list of all the more specific questions linked to that question. The system also enables a user to find a first question and then enter a new (second) question and label it as a synonym of the first. The system then links the two questions as synonyms in its database. Further, when any user has found a question, the system can present a list of all the linked "synonym" questions and can enable the user to "go to" a linked synonym question by selecting it.