|United States Patent||5,696,964|
|Cox, et. al.||Dec. 9, 1997|
|Inventors:||Cox; Ingemar J. (Lawrenceville, NJ); Miller; Matthew L. (Vilnius, LT); Omohundro; Stephen M. (Monmouth Junction, NJ); Yianilos; Peter N. (Princeton, NJ).|
|Assignee:||NEC Research Institute, Inc. (Princeton, NJ).|
|Filed:||Apr. 16, 1996|
|Intl. Cl. :||G06F 17/30|
|Current U.S. Cl.:||395/605; 395/326; 395/615|
|Field of Search:||395/601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 615, 326, 968|
|5,579,471||Nov., 1996||Barber et al.||395/326|
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A queryless, multimedia database search method incorporating a Bayesian inference engine that refines its answer with each user response. The set of user responses includes of a series of displays and user actions, and is defined by a relatively simple user interface.