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Patent number: 8990242
Abstract: Methods and computer-storage media having computer-executable instructions embodied thereon that facilitate determining enhanced query suggestions are provided. A plurality of query suggestions responsive to a user query are received. Items of data corresponding to the query suggestions are received. Based on the received query suggestions and the received items of data, enhanced query suggestions are determined. In embodiments, an enhanced query suggestion includes one or more items of data related to a respective query suggestion. A user may select at least a portion of an enhanced query suggestion. In embodiments, selection of a portion of an enhanced query suggestion provides additional information.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 15, 2011
Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
Inventors: Asad Mohiuddin, Glen Joseph Fernandes, Hussein Mohamed Mehanna, Tabreez Govani, Ashwin Satyanarayana, Xin Liu

2. Alternative Query Suggestions By Dropping Query Terms

Publication number: 20130086509
Abstract: Computer-readable media, computer systems, and computing devices method of facilitating presentation of alternative query suggestions. The method includes referencing an initial query having a plurality of terms. A term(s) to remove from the initial query is identified, for example, based at least on a number of times the term(s) occur in previous queries. The initial query is modified by removing the term(s) from the initial query. Thereafter, the modified query is used to identify an alternative query suggestion(s) that includes at least one term that matches at least one term of the modified query.
Type: Application
Filed: September 29, 2011
Publication date: April 4, 2013
Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
Inventors: ASHWIN SATYANARAYANA, TABREEZ GOVANI, SAMIR SHIRAZ PRADHAN, GIRIDHAR KUMARAN, XIN FU, FENG PAN, NITIN AGRAWAL
Publication number: 20130054631
Abstract: Methods, computer systems and computer-readable media for adding social network data to search suggestions are provided. At least a portion of a search query is received, and a set of suggested search queries is determined for the at least a portion of the search query. A first suggested search query in the set of suggested search queries is determined to be associated with a person or entity. A social data store is accessed; the social data store includes social network data. It is determined that the person or entity is associated with a set of social network data in the social data store, and the set of social network data in association with the first suggested search query is provided to a search engine page.
Type: Application
Filed: August 30, 2011
Publication date: February 28, 2013
Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
Inventors: TABREEZ GOVANI, ASHWIN SATYANARAYANA, KEVIN L. HAAS, YI-AN LIN, SAMEER INDARAPU, SAMIR SHIRAZ PRADHAN
Publication number: 20130041878
Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for suggesting search queries to a user while the user is typing in characters of a search query. The suggested search queries are based in part on the characters entered and are presented before the user submits the query to the search engine. The suggested queries may be displayed in a dropdown box that allows the user to select one of the suggested queries. Embodiments of the present invention present search queries that do not begin with the characters entered by the user.
Type: Application
Filed: August 11, 2011
Publication date: February 14, 2013
Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
Inventors: ASHWIN SATYANARAYANA, TABREEZ GOVANI, SAMIR SHIRAZ PRADHAN, BODO VON BILLERBECK, NITIN AGRAWAL
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