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Equifax : Patent Issued for Systems and Methods for Intelligent Parallel Searching

10/23/2014 | 04:13am US/Eastern

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- Equifax, Inc. (Atlanta, GA) has been issued patent number 8862566, according to news reporting originating out of Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews editors.

The patent's inventors are Leitner, Stephen (Alpharetta, GA); Manthey, Kevin W. (Alpharetta, GA); Burgess, Mark (Alpharetta, GA); Canfield, Samuel (Alpharetta, GA).

This patent was filed on October 26, 2012 and was published online on October 14, 2014.

From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "Search applications and systems can provide search capabilities to locate and retrieve information in an online environment. Within industries dealing with financial services or other credit-related industries, search applications and systems can be required to search or otherwise access large amounts of data, such as terabytes of data, and return a result in less than a second.

"Previous solutions for providing sub-second search capabilities of data sources can require that data be stored in a common format. Previous solutions do not provide intelligent searches of data sources including data in different formats in a manner that can provide a response in less than a second. Accordingly, such solutions can require data to be converted to a common or proprietary format in order to search or otherwise access the data.

"Systems and methods are therefore desirable that can conduct intelligent parallel searches of multiple data sources."

Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "One example involves a search engine executed by a processor. The search engine receives a request to access target data that is stored in at least one of multiple data sources. Each data source has a candidate index. The search engine extracts inquiry parameters from the request. Each inquiry parameter corresponds to a sub-index of a respective general index. Each general index includes an index of relationships between data from at least two of the data sources. Each sub-index includes a subset of the respective general index. The search engine performs parallel searches of the general indices common to the data sources. Each parallel search includes searching sub-indices for the general indices based on corresponding inquiry parameters for the sub-indices. The search engine performs additional parallel searches of the candidate indices based on results of parallel searches. The search engine extracts an output based on results returned from the additional parallel searches.

"This illustrative example is mentioned not to limit or define the invention, but to aid understanding thereof. Other aspects, advantages, and features of the present invention will become apparent after review of the entire description and Figures, including the following sections: Brief Description of the Figures, Detailed Description, and Claims."

For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Leitner, Stephen; Manthey, Kevin W.; Burgess, Mark; Canfield, Samuel. Systems and Methods for Intelligent Parallel Searching. U.S. Patent Number 8862566, filed October 26, 2012, and published online on October 14, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8862566.PN.&OS=PN/8862566RS=PN/8862566

Keywords for this news article include: Equifax Inc.

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