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Exhaustive search system and method using space-filling curves

United States Patent

October 21, 2003
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A search system and method for one agent or for multiple agents using a space-filling curve provides a way to control one or more agents to cover an area of any space of any dimensionality using an exhaustive search pattern. An example of the space-filling curve is a Hilbert curve. The search area can be a physical geography, a cyberspace search area, or an area searchable by computing resources. The search agent can be one or more physical agents, such as a robot, and can be software agents for searching cyberspace.
Spires; Shannon V. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
09/ 608,335
June 29, 2000
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.