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Agent-based method for distributed clustering of textual information

United States Patent

September 28, 2010
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Agent-Based Software for Gathering and Summarizing Textual and Internet Information
A computer method and system for storing, retrieving and displaying information has a multiplexing agent (20) that calculates a new document vector (25) for a new document (21) to be added to the system and transmits the new document vector (25) to master cluster agents (22) and cluster agents (23) for evaluation. These agents (22, 23) perform the evaluation and return values upstream to the multiplexing agent (20) based on the similarity of the document to documents stored under their control. The multiplexing agent (20) then sends the document (21) and the document vector (25) to the master cluster agent (22), which then forwards it to a cluster agent (23) or creates a new cluster agent (23) to manage the document (21). The system also searches for stored documents according to a search query having at least one term and identifying the documents found in the search, and displays the documents in a clustering display (80) of similarity so as to indicate similarity of the documents to each other.
Potok; Thomas E. (Oak Ridge, TN), Reed; Joel W. (Knoxville, TN), Elmore; Mark T. (Oak Ridge, TN), Treadwell; Jim N. (Louisville, TN)
UT-Battelle LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
10/ 963,241
October 12, 2004
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with Government support from the National Reconnaissance Office under Interagency Agreement No. 2295-S571-A1. Additional support has been provided under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded to UT-Battelle, LLC, by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.