The TotalPatent Intellogist Report was recently updated, and one of the more notable improvements to the search functions is that the Semantic Search feature on TotalPatent now identifies multiple concepts in a search query. TotalPatent’s Semantic Search feature impressed the Intellogist writers who first tested it, since it allows users to re-rank terms and customize the semantic query before conducting the search. This post will look at four of the innovative features of the TotalPatent Semantic Search tool which make it one of the best semantic search options for patent documents available today.
After the jump, read about four useful features of the Semantic Search on TotalPatent, including the options to view up to 30 extra suggested terms, re-rank any search terms, add your own search terms, and preview the 20 most relevant results before conducting the query!
1. Up to 30 additional suggested terms are listed in the “Holding Area,” which are not included in the search. After entering a search query in the semantic search form, the user may select the “Preview Results” option to fully customize the semantic query.
Up to 20 terms generated by semantic analysis can be included in the required, optional, and excluded sections of the semantic terms form (which will be included in the query). Any additional terms not included in the query are listed in the holding area section, which by default lists up to 30 extra suggested terms. These 30 suggested terms can provide synonyms or related concepts that you may not have thought of otherwise, and they can be added to the current query or used to expand future queries.
2. Re-rank any of the the semantic terms. Terms are divided into four main sections: required terms (combined using Boolean operator AND), optional terms (combined using Boolean operator OR), excluded terms (combined using Boolean Operator NOT), and other suggested terms included in the “Holding Area.” Terms in the query cloud are also shown in different font sizes and colors to show the suggested relevance prescribed for them by the system (high relevancy (H), medium relevancy (M), or low relevancy (L)).
The query cloud display allows users to drag and drop the terms into the four different sections (required, optional, excluded, or holding area) and change the relevance ranking of terms within the required and optional sections. Besides dragging and dropping the terms into the desired locations, users may also click on a term to change its status and relevance ranking. This display is both intuitive to use (thanks to the simple color-coding and drag/drop options) and allows you to finely tune both your semantic query and the relevance ranking of the search results.
3. Add (and rank) your own terms within the semantic analysis display. Users can add their own terms to the existing term cloud by entering a keyword in the “Add another term” form and selecting the “Add” button. The user may need to remove one of the automatically-generated terms if 20 terms are already included in the required, optional, and excluded sections. The user-added term is automatically added as high relevance the required section, but the user can select or drag/drop the term to re-rank it and move it to a different section.
Users can also edit the original search terms and generate a new query cloud by entering new terms in the “Your search terms” form and selecting “Regenerate Terms.”
4. Preview the 20 most relevant search results, based on the the current query cloud. To the right of the query cloud, users can view the 20 most relevant results based on the current query. The previews of the relevant results include the publication number, date, title, and English abstract for each record. Every time the query cloud is altered, users can select to reload the relevant result list. Select the “Retrieve all results” option to view the full result list for that semantic query.
The TotalPatent Semantic Search has a very sleek, simple interface that allows the user to completely customize their semantic search query by re-ranking and adding new terms to the query cloud. Users are even able to preview the most relevant result set for a particular query cloud before taking the time to run the full query. All new subscriptions to TotalPatent include the semantic search capabilities free of charge. Learn more about the TotalPatent Semantic Search option (and the Semantic Ranking feature) over at the updated TotalPatent Intellogist Report.
Do you know of any other useful semantic search tools, especially those incorporated into patent search systems? Tell us in the comments!
This post was contributed by Joelle Mornini. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.