Methods and apparatus for providing search results in response to an ambiguous search query

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7136854
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09748431

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Methods and apparatus consistent with the invention allow a user to submit an ambiguous search query and to receive relevant search results. In one embodiment, a sequence of numbers received from a user of a standard telephone keypad is translated into a set of potentially corresponding alphanumeric sequences. These potentially corresponding alphanumeric sequences are provided as an input to a conventional search engine, using a boolean 'OR' expression, and the search results are presented to the user. The search engine effectively limits search results to those in which the user was likely interested.

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GOOGLE LLCMOUNTAIN VIEW, CA19906

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bauer, John Abraham Mountain View, CA 2 190
Brin, Sergey Palo Alto, CA 38 1895
Ghemawat, Sanjay Mountain View, CA 91 2432
Smith, Benjamin Thomas Mountain View, CA 10 1013

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