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1. (WO2018220387) IMPROVED METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SEARCHING

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/220387    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2018/051496
Publication Date: Fri Dec 07 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Jun 01 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: G06F 17/30
Applicants: UPSHOOT LIMITED
Inventors: TARR, Adam
MACHADO, Paulo
Title: IMPROVED METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SEARCHING
Abstract:
Aspects of the present invention relate to a method and system for searching a real-estate property database, the database comprising a plurality of database entries, each entry being associated with a different real-estate property. The method comprises the steps of: receiving a natural-language search string from a remotely located terminal, the natural-language search string specifying, in natural-language, a query for a real-estate property having a desired property characteristic associated with a real-estate property feature; analysing the received natural-language search string and identifying within the string a geographical identifier, and the desired property characteristic; determining if an indefinite descriptor is associated with the desired property characteristic; identifying two or more database entries relating to real-estate properties each comprising the real-estate property feature, in dependence on the geographical identifier; calculating a numerical reference threshold associated with the real-estate property feature, in dependence on a value of the property feature associated with each one of the two or more identified database entries; representing the indefinite descriptor in terms of a mathematical relationship, the mathematical relationship being expressed with respect to the calculated numerical reference threshold; amending the received natural-language search string by replacing the indefinite descriptor with the mathematical relationship; and searching the real-estate property database using the amended search string.