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Google Files Patent on Google Suggest

4:26 pm on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Another new Patent [appft1.uspto.gov]. This one for Google Suggest.

A search system monitors the input of a search query by a user. Before the user finishes entering the search query, the search system identifies and sends a portion of the query as a partial query to the search engine. Based on the partial query, the search engine creates a set of predicted queries. This process may take into account prior queries submitted by a community of users, and may take into account a user profile. The predicted queries are be sent back to the user for possible selection. The search system may also cache search results corresponding to one or more of the predicted queries in anticipation of the user selecting one of the predicted queries. The search engine may also return at least a portion of the search results corresponding to one or more of the predicted queries.
4:58 pm on Dec 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Don't know about the underlying methods, but the auto-suggest at become.com seems very close to this description.