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1. US20140344115 - PRODUCT SEARCH SYSTEM

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Claims

1- 14. (canceled)
15. A product search system allowing a user to search for a desired product by displaying a distribution diagram on a user terminal with product images for a plurality of products arranged in a two-dimensional coordinate space, the system comprising:
a product data storage portion having product data stored for each product, the product data including unique identification information of the product, an image for the product, and feature values for the product with respect to a plurality of product characteristic items;
an axis item data storage portion having settability information and an axis division number stored for each product characteristic item, the settability information indicating whether or not the product characteristic item is settable as an axis item for either a vertical or horizontal axis of the two-dimensional coordinate space, the axis division number being set for dividing the vertical or horizontal axis into a plurality of sections;
a product ID storage portion and a specified product ID storage portion for storing unique identification information of products arranged in the distribution diagram;
a display mode switching portion for switching a display mode between a normal display mode in which to display product images for products whose data is stored in the product data storage portion and a specified product display mode in which to display product images only for products corresponding to unique identification information stored in the specified product ID storage portion;
a two-dimensional coordinate space defining portion for setting product characteristic items selected by the user as axis items for the vertical and horizontal axes, setting ranges of the vertical and horizontal axes on the basis of the product characteristic items for all products whose data is stored in the product data storage portion when the display mode is the normal display mode, or on the basis of the product characteristic items for the products corresponding to the unique identification information stored in the specified product ID storage portion when the display mode is the specified product display mode, and defining the two-dimensional coordinate space with each of the vertical and horizontal axes divided into the sections on the basis of the axis division numbers for the product characteristic items;
a distribution diagram generating portion for confirming the display mode, acquiring the unique identification information of all products whose data is stored in the product data storage portion when the display mode is the normal display mode, or the unique identification information stored in the specified product ID storage portion when the display mode is the specified product display mode, deriving coordinate positions of the products whose unique identification information has been acquired in the two-dimensional coordinate space on the basis of the feature values for the product characteristic items being set as the axis items, and generating data for a distribution diagram in which product images for the products whose unique identification information has been acquired are arranged in the coordinate positions; and
a product extracting portion for extracting and storing unique identification information in the product ID storage portion and the specified product ID storage portion, the unique identification information stored in the product ID storage portion being unique to products included in an area of an arbitrary section selected from among the sections, or an overlapping area of two or more such arbitrary sections, on the user terminal displaying the distribution diagram by the user clicking a numerical value or character string that represents a feature value for the section with respect to a product characteristic item, or by the user clicking a button provided along with the numerical value or character string, the unique identification information stored in the specified product ID storage portion being unique to products corresponding to product images specified by the user from among all of the product images on the user terminal displaying the distribution diagram, wherein,
once the user selects the arbitrary section and the unique identification information is stored in the product ID storage portion, the distribution diagram generating portion generates data for a post-refinement distribution diagram in which product images for the products corresponding to the unique identification information acquired in accordance with the display mode and stored in the product ID storage portion are relatively highlighted, and
when the display mode is the normal display mode, once an arbitrary product image in the post-refinement distribution diagram is specified by the user, and unique identification information of a product corresponding to the product image is stored in the specified product ID storage portion, the distribution diagram generating portion corrects the data for the distribution diagram such that the product image for the product corresponding to the unique identification information stored in the specified product ID storage portion is visually distinguishable from other product images.
16. The product search system according to claim 15, wherein the distribution diagram generating portion generates data for a post-refinement distribution diagram in which product images only for the products corresponding to the unique identification information stored in the product ID storage portion are arranged in the two-dimensional coordinate space, whereby the product images are relatively highlighted.
17. The product search system according to claim 15, wherein,
once a new axis item is selected in the post-refinement distribution diagram, the two-dimensional coordinate space defining portion defines a two-dimensional coordinate space in which the ranges of the vertical and horizontal axes are set on the basis of the product characteristic items being set as the axis items for all products whose data is stored in the product data storage portion when the display mode is the normal display mode, or for the products corresponding to the unique identification information stored in the specified product ID storage portion when the display mode is the specified product display mode, and
the distribution diagram generating portion generates data for a distribution diagram in which only the product images for the products corresponding to the unique identification information stored in the product ID storage portion are arranged in the two-dimensional coordinate space.
18. The product search system according to claim 15, wherein, when products whose feature values for the product characteristic items being set as the axis items fall within a given preset range are arranged in the two-dimensional coordinate space, the distribution diagram generating portion generates data for a distribution diagram in which product images for the products are highlighted.
19. The product search system according to claim 15, wherein, when the number of product images arranged in the two-dimensional coordinate space is greater than or equal to a predetermined number, the distribution diagram generating portion generates data for a distribution diagram in which symbol marks are arranged as the product images.
20. The product search system according to claim 15, wherein the distribution diagram includes a product selection frame provided for displaying a portion of the diagram at and around an arbitrary coordinate position specified by the user in an enlarged view, thereby allowing selection of a predetermined number of product images around the coordinate position,
once the predetermined number of product images are selected by the product selection frame, the product extracting portion extracts unique identification information of products corresponding to the predetermined number of product images, and stores the unique identification information in the in-frame product ID storage portion,
the two-dimensional coordinate space defining portion defines a two-dimensional coordinate space in which ranges of the vertical and horizontal axes are set on the basis of the product characteristic items being set as the axis items for all products corresponding to the unique identification information stored in the in-frame product ID storage portion, and
the distribution diagram generating portion generates data for a distribution diagram in which product images only for the products corresponding to the unique identification information stored in the in-frame ID storage portion are arranged.
21. The product search system according to claim 15, wherein the two-dimensional coordinate space defining portion defines a two-dimensional coordinate space in which the ranges of the vertical and horizontal axes are set on the basis of a calculation result obtained by adding values resulting from a weighting calculation being performed on the basis of a predetermined order of priority after setting two or more product characteristic items as axis items for either the vertical or horizontal axis or both and normalizing possible feature values for the product characteristic items.
22. The product search system according to claim 15, further comprising a condition input screen generating portion for generating data for a search condition input screen in which to input a search condition for narrowing down products on the basis of a plurality of product characteristic items, wherein,
the product extracting portion extracts unique identification information of products that satisfy the search condition, and stores the unique identification information in the product ID storage portion.
23. The product search system according to claim 15, further comprising a list generating portion for generating data for a list of product data for products corresponding to arbitrary product images in the distribution diagram.
24. The product search system according to claim 23, wherein, when the number of product images arranged in the post-refinement distribution diagram is less than or equal to a predetermined number, the list generating portion automatically generates data for a list of product data for products corresponding to all product images in the post-refinement distribution diagram.
25. The product search system according to claim 15, wherein,
the product data stored in the product data storage portion includes product characteristic items for which feature values are represented by one of two values,
the system further includes a filter condition generating portion for generating data for a filter condition selection field in which to select one of the two values as the filter condition for each product characteristic item, and
once the value for the product characteristic item is selected in the filter condition selection field, the distribution diagram generating portion generates data for a distribution diagram in which product images for products whose feature values take the other value are arranged and displayed in a different color so as to be visually distinguishable from other product images in the distribution diagram, as not satisfying the filter condition.
26. The product search system according to claim 15, wherein,
the product data stored in the product data storage portion includes product characteristic items for which feature values are represented by one of two values,
the system further includes a filter condition generating portion for generating data for a filter condition selection field in which to select one of the two values as the filter condition for each product characteristic item, and
once the value for the product characteristic item is selected in the filter condition selection field, the distribution diagram generating portion generates data for a distribution diagram in which product images for products whose feature values take the selected value are arranged and displayed in a different color so as to be visually distinguishable from other product images in the distribution diagram, as satisfying the filter condition.