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Google Patent for Determining Geographic Locations for Place Names

Google in its quest for becoming an answer engine has moved a step ahead with a patent that is aimed at determining the location of a place referenced on a web page. For example, if a web page contains a sentence - "Taj Mahal is located in Agra" then Google would be able to identify "Agra" and "Taj Mahal" as seperate entities and connect them together to understand that Taj Mahal has its location in Agra. This would help Google to judge a web page more accurately and help to present the best information to its users.

Full Patent information can be viewed here:- 

Determining geographic locations for place names in a fact repository 

Inventors:Vespe; David (New York, NY), Hogue; Andrew (Ho Ho Kus, NJ)
Assignee:Google Inc. (Mountain View, CA) 
Appl. No.:11/686,217
Filed:March 14, 2007

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