IBoogie Patent Clustering Engine

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Introduction

IBoogie Patent Clustering Engine is a free search site developed and owned by CyberTavern that uses Clusterizer™, a clustering engine that hierarchically groups documents with similar topics or content.[1] IBoogie's search function is described in the "About" section of the website:[1]

IBoogie combines metasearch and clustering to deliver and organize search results from multiple sources into structured content. This is done dynamically in real time and presented to a user in a hierarchy of topics (clusters) for browsing and exploring.

The main page of IBoogie has a single search form, and users can select different search tabs in order to search different document types or topics (Web, Directory, Images, News, Patents, Gov, Jobs, Medical, Cars-Autos, Cooking-Recipes, Immigration). Users can also create "Custom Tabs" by choosing which search engines or websites to search through simultaneously. The "Patents" option under the "Custom Tab" page describes how users can search for patents using Google.[2]


User Experience

The Patent search tab wasn't functioning properly during a period of testing in September 2011. Simple search terms were used in IBoogie (e.g. iron), which retrieved no results. The same terms were then searched in Google Patents, which produced thousands of results. The Web tab was functioning during this time and produced a hierarchical list of clustered results, but the Images and News tabs also weren't producing results for simple search queries.


Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 "About iBoogie." iBoogie website, http://www.iboogie.tv/Text/about.asp. Accessed September 13, 2011.
  2. ""IBoogie Add Custom Tab." IBoogie website, http://www.iboogie.tv/user/create_tab.asp. Accessed September 13, 2011.

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