Ex Parte Santos et al - Page 14

            Appeal 2007-1595                                                                                 
            Application 09/751,858                                                                           

        1              resolve many of the trade-offs inherent in static visualisations by                   
        2              allowing multiple options to be available and most importantly for them               
        3              to be interactively related.  (Dix, p. 124, left col., ABSTRACT).                     
        4       25. Dix describes requesting more specific analysis of charts to reveal                      
        5              detailed data and to dynamically make selections from larger data sets,               
        6              conventionally referred to as drilling down. (Dix, p. 126, right col.,                
        7              Interaction).                                                                         
        8       26. Dix portrays the applicability of its teachings toward distributions of the              
        9              number of hotels by star ratings for each of different geographic                     
       10              locations, hence a frequency distribution1 of hotels with various star                
       11              ratings by location, in data visualizations (Dix, Fig. 5a, p. 127). The               
       12              disclosed embodiment of the claimed date gap analysis is itself portrayed             
       13              as a line graph of a frequency distribution (Specification: Fig.  4).                 
       14       27. Dix shows several examples of analyses displayed in tabular or graphical                 
       15              form, which are therefore control charts, in Dix, Figs. 5a & 5b and 6a &              
       16              6b (Dix, p. 127-28).                                                                  

            1 A set of intervals, usually adjacent and of equal width, into which the range of a             
            statistical distribution is divided, each associated with a frequency indicating the             
            number of measurements in that interval.  The American Heritage Dictionary of                    
            the English Language: Fourth Ed. (2000).                                                         

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