Google Obtains Patent on Search Results Ranking

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on February 27, 2003

Google obtained its first patent from the United States Patent Office, on February 25, for a “method of identifying documents relevant to a search query.”
The patent (6,526,440), abstract states, “A search engine for searching a corpus improves the relevancy of the results by refining a standard relevancy score based on the interconnectivity of the initially returned set of documents. The search engine obtains an initial set of relevant documents by matching a user’s search terms to an index of a corpus. A re-ranking component in the search engine then refines the initially returned document rankings so that documents that are frequently cited in the initial set of relevant documents are preferred over documents that are less frequently cited within the initial set.”

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