LinkedIn Patents

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  • Patent number: 9870307
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for mocking downstream services while regression testing a service. In one technique a version of a service processes a request, during which one or more computers intercept downstream service calls made by the version of the service. For each downstream service call of the downstream calls, a computer provides, to the version of the service, a response of the downstream service call, which was previously recorded while processing the request in a production environment. Processing, by the version of the service, the request involves processing the request based on the response of at least one of the downstream service calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Sajid Topiwala, Anant Rao, Pritesh Shah, Walter Scott Johnson, Arunprasad Venkatraman
  • Publication number: 20170372336
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system for processing data. During operation, the system obtains a set of features for a customer of an educational technology product. Next, the system uses the set of features to calculate an overall score representing a predicted purchase behavior of the customer with the educational technology product. The system then uses multiple subsets of the features to calculate a set of sub-scores that characterize different components of the overall score. Finally, the system outputs the overall score and the sub-scores for use in managing sales activity with the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Zhaoying Han, Coleman Patrick King, III, Wei Di, Juan Wang
  • Publication number: 20170372337
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system for processing data. During operation, the system obtains a set of overall scores representing predicted purchase behaviors of a set of customers with an educational technology product. Next, the system displays a graphical user interface (GUI) comprising a customer prioritization chart for the educational technology product. The system then displays representations of the overall scores in the customer prioritization chart. Finally, the system displays, in the GUI, the set of overall scores and a breakdown of the overall scores into a set of sub-scores that characterize different components of the overall scores.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Zhaoying Han, Coleman Patrick King, III, Yiying Cheng, Juan Wang
  • Publication number: 20170371551
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus are provided for capturing a snapshot of variable-length data records that are indexed and sequentially stored in a manner that facilitates reverse reading. Each data record has a fixed number of keys, a key offset for each key that leads to another record with the same key value, and size metadata identifying a size of the data record (and possibly the key offsets). An index identifies, for each known value of each key, an index offset to a first entry (e.g., the most recently stored entry) that has the key value. Capturing a snapshot includes identifying a final record within the snapshot (e.g., based on time), copying the index, and pruning it as necessary to omit records not consistent with the snapshot (e.g., to omit data records stored after a final time corresponding to the snapshot).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventor: Sanjay Sachdev
  • Publication number: 20170371952
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus are provided for propagating a status among related events. A relationship component of the system maintains a graph of the related events and, upon assignment of a status to an event identifies one or more related events (e.g., the root event, other ancestor events, descendant events). A retention component of the system includes multiple nodes that maintain user records (e.g., sharded by user identifier) storing events associated with the members and that also maintain separate event status tables to identify statuses of selected events. For example, an event status table may store statuses of root events and/or other ancestor events from which a given subsequent event may inherit or derive a status. An event status may reflect a quality or characteristic of the event (e.g., spam, low quality, language of the event), a status of the associated user (e.g., fame, level of influence), etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Vivek Nelamangala, Strahinja Markovic, Sara F. Todd, Parinkumar D. Shah, Erran Berger, Rushi P. Bhatt, Tomer Cohen
  • Publication number: 20170364563
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system for processing data. During operation, the system obtains a set of records from a set of inputs, with each record containing an entity key, a partition key, and one or more attribute-value pairs. Next, the system sorts and indexes the records by the entity key for each partitioned input. The system then processes a query of the records by matching entity key values to the sorted and indexed records for each input partition in the query. Next, the system merges the subset of records with the same entity key values into records, with each merged record containing an entity key field and a single field that includes a list of attribute-value pairs from the subset. Finally, the system outputs the merged records in response to the query.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Wenxuan Gao, Bin Wu, Weiqin Ma, Weidong Zhang
  • Patent number: 9838445
    Abstract: For each of a group of nodes including a node corresponding to a first member and a plurality of nodes corresponding to members with which the first member is directly connected in a social graph, a plurality of reputation scores may be calculated for a node in the social graph, and the plurality of reputation scores for the node may be averaged into an importance score for the node. A keyness score for each of the plurality of nodes corresponding to members with which the first member is directly connected in the social graph can be calculated, the keyness score for each of the plurality of nodes being based on a connection strength for a connection between the node and the node corresponding to the first member and based on the importance score for the node. The keyness scores may be selected, averaged, and saved as a social capital score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Michael David Conover, Mathieu Bastian
  • Publication number: 20170344197
    Abstract: A system, method, apparatus and graphical user interface are provided for navigating a multi-component application or service—such as an application that executes on a mobile device and that includes multiple features, pages, content items, utilities, settings, etc. A shortcut bar provides rapid access to application components that correspond to multiple shortcuts, and the shortcut bar can be opened, by swiping it, to reveal a set of options associated with an open shortcut (e.g., the shortcut closest to where the user swiped on the bar). The options can be scrolled (e.g., vertically) or swiped in another direction (e.g., sideways) to access options associated with other shortcuts. The shortcut bar and the options provide set paths of navigation to desired content, without regard to the current context (e.g., the displayed content). Navigation paths to the content via the current context will vary, depending on the displayed content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Samish Chandra Kolli, Vivek Y. Tripathi, Aarthi Jayaram
  • Patent number: 9832162
    Abstract: A system and method for virally growing a social network. The social network system receives a member account sign-up message for a first social network from a first member. The social network system then posts a member sign-up notification to the first member's event wall on a second social network; wherein the first member has one or more social contacts through the second social network. For at least a second respective member in the one or more social contacts, the social network system posts a personalized invitation message as a comment to the member sign-up notification on the first member's event wall, wherein the comment is initially hidden from all members other than the second respective member of the one or more member contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Haiying Cai, Hui Li
  • Patent number: 9830167
    Abstract: Techniques for enhancing a mufti-tasking user interface of an operating system are disclosed. An update data item pertaining to an application placed in the background on the device is received. An update image is generated to include information pertaining to the update data item. The update image is incorporated into a multitasking user interface of the operating system such that the update image is presented to a user and the user may view the information pertaining to the update data item before choosing whether to bring the application to the foreground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Kamilah Joanna Marie Taylor, Dimitry Dany Fridman, Joseph Farquharson, Ehud Milo
  • Publication number: 20170336984
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system for detecting and managing inefficiency in local storage. During operation, the system obtains a first snapshot of data in local storage of a computer system, wherein the first snapshot comprises a first set of data elements in the local storage at a first time. Next, the system applies a compression technique to the first snapshot to obtain a first set of inefficiency metrics for the first set of data elements. The system then outputs the first set of inefficiency metrics with additional attributes of the data to improve management of inefficiency in the data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Nicol, Ritesh Maheshwari, Nicholas P. Baggott, Haricharan K. Ramachandra, Badrinath K. Sridharan
  • Publication number: 20170337214
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system for processing data. During operation, the system uses a creation time of a first value of a metric from a nearline data store to obtain a second value of the metric from a source of truth. Next, the system calculates a difference between the first and second values. When the difference exceeds a threshold, the system uses the difference to correct a current value of the metric in the nearline data store.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Jonathan Ko, Nishant Rayan, Steven S. Chow, Hari Prasanna Periyasamy Shanmugam, Arvind Kalyan
  • Publication number: 20170336995
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system for detecting and managing inefficiency in external services. During operation, the system obtains a snapshot of a data stream transmitted over an external service from a computer system at a first time. Next, the system applies a compression technique to the snapshot to obtain a set of inefficiency metrics for a set of data elements in the snapshot. The system then outputs the set of inefficiency metrics with additional attributes of the data stream to improve identification of inefficiency in the data stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Nicol, Ritesh Maheshwari, Nicholas P. Baggott, Haricharan K. Ramachandra, Badrinath K. Sridharan
  • Publication number: 20170339238
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and methods are provided that support the passing of oversized messages within a publish-subscribe messaging system. During operation, the system subscribes to a message stream brokered by a message brokering cluster that imposes a maximum message size. Responsive to receiving a given message of the message stream, the system (1) determines an offset to commit to the message brokering cluster, wherein the determined offset is based on whether one or more segments of one or more oversized messages are buffered, and (2) commits the determined offset to the message brokering cluster. Responsive to recovering from a crash, wherein the offset at which to resume the receipt of messages from the message stream is unknown, the system then retrieves the determined offset from the message brokering cluster and resumes the receipt of messages from the message brokering cluster based on the determined offset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventor: Jiangjie Qin
  • Patent number: 9817905
    Abstract: Techniques for presenting a personalized member profile page to a viewer are described. A highlight module can receive a request to view a profile page of a member in a social network. The highlight module can access viewer data of a viewer associated with the request, and access member data of the member. Additionally, the highlight module can determine a plurality of member attributes relevant to the viewer based on the viewer data, the plurality of member attributes being derived from the member data. Furthermore, the highlight module can calculate an overall score for a member attribute in the plurality of member attributes based on the viewer data and the member data. Subsequently, a profile generation module can cause a presentation, on a display of a device, of the member attribute on the profile page, when the overall score of the member attribute is higher than a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Nipun Dave, Sachit Kamat, Nikita Igorevych Lytkin, Vibha Rathi, Jibran Kutik, Mathieu Bastian, Matthieu F. Monsch, Xin Hu
  • Publication number: 20170323268
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system for processing data. During operation, the system obtains a global version of a statistical model and a user-specific version of the statistical model for a user. Next, the system applies the global version to member features of the user and job features of a set of jobs to generate a first ranking of the jobs for the user. The system then applies the user-specific version to the member features and the job features for a highest-ranked subset of jobs in the first ranking to generate a second ranking of the jobs for the user. Finally, the system outputs at least a portion of the second ranking as a set of job recommendations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: XianXing Zhang, Yitong Zhou, Yiming Ma, Bee-Chung Chen, Liang Zhang, Deepak Agarwal
  • Patent number: 9811807
    Abstract: A method of sharing recruiting data between business units of an organization is disclosed. It is determined that a first business unit has a contract to use a first set of resources of a social-networking system to manage a first set of profiles. It is determined that a second business unit has a contract to use a second set of resources to manage a second set of profiles. It is determined that the first entity used the first set of resources to create a private data item and to associate the private data item with a profile of the first set of profiles. It is determined that the profile of the first set of profiles and a profile of the second set of profiles correspond to the same person. The second entity is provided with access to the private data item, but not control of the first set of resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Prasad Kamalakar Gune, Annabel Fang Liu, Pierre Yannick Monestie, Lei Ni
  • Patent number: 9811569
    Abstract: Techniques for identifying and presenting member profiles similar to a source member profile are described. With some embodiments, a general recommendation engine is used to extract features from member profiles, and then store the extracted features, including any computed, derived or retrieved profile features, in an enhanced member profile. In real-time, the general recommendation engine processes client requests to identify member profiles similar to a source member profile by comparing select profile features stored in the enhanced member profile with corresponding profile features of the source member profile, where the comparison results in several similarity sub-scores that are then combined in accordance with directives set forth in a configuration file. Finally, the member profiles with the highest similarity scores corresponding with the user-selected member profile are selected, and in some instances, presented to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Christian Posse, Abhishek Gupta, Anmol Bhasin, Monica Rogati
  • Patent number: 9813430
    Abstract: To detect potentially malicious behavior or fraud, online environments maintain counts of a variety of data items received via a webpage or an application. A bucket scheme to track and retrieve these counts is described. The bucket system maintains a rolling count over a period of time. The bucket system comprises three different tiers, each containing buckets corresponding to different periods of time. When a new data item is received, one bucket in each tier is updated. The bucket is updated by generating a bucket address and initiating or incrementing a counter counting the number of times the data item was received. To retrieve the count over a specified period of time, the counters in a plurality of the buckets are read and aggregated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Lifeng Sang, Daniel Wong
  • Publication number: 20170316122
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system for evaluating a performance of a mobile application. During operation, the system obtains a first set of data associated with adopters of a new version of a mobile application in a partial rollout of the new version and a second set of data associated with non-adopters of the new version in the partial rollout. Next, the system applies a statistical model to the first and second sets of data to select a subset of the non-adopters as potential adopters of the new version. The system then reduces a bias in a quasi-experimental design associated with the mobile application by using the first set of data and a third set of data associated with the potential adopters to estimate an average treatment effect (ATE) between the new version and an older version of the mobile application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Ya Xu, Nanyu Chen, Bryan G. Ng, Weitao Duan
  • Publication number: 20170316123
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system for evaluating a performance of a mobile application. During operation, the system obtains, for a statistical model used in a quasi-experimental design, a first predicted outcome produced from a first set of data that is collected from two substantially identical versions of a mobile application. Next, the system uses the first predicted outcome to assess a bias of the statistical model. The system then improves an accuracy of the statistical model by using the assessed bias to normalize a second predicted outcome of the statistical model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Ya Xu, Nanyu Chen, Bryan G. Ng, Weitao Duan
  • Publication number: 20170316045
    Abstract: A system is provided that ensures read-after-write consistency. During operation, the system receives, from a user, a write to a record having a primary key in a master key-value store, wherein the write specifies a secondary key for the record. The system then caches the secondary key and the primary key in a cache entry in a cache, wherein the cache entry is associated with the user. Next, the system applies the write to the master key-value store. Prior to propagation of the write from the master key-value store to a derived key-value store that maps secondary keys to primary keys, the system receives from a given user a query for the record, the query comprising the secondary key and not the primary key. Next the system translates the secondary key to the primary key by querying the cache when the given user is the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Viman Deb, Nicolette A. Askew, Saung C. Li, Timothy V. Santos
  • Patent number: 9805127
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and systems for clustering individual items of web content, and then utilizing activity and profile data to both select clusters of content items for presentation to a user, and determining how the selected clusters of content items are presented to the user of an online social network service. With some embodiments, the activity data are derived by monitoring and detection interactions with the individual items of web content by an individual user, or other users with whom the individual user is related, as established via, and defined by, the social network service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Jennifer Granito Ruffner, Eishay Smith, Joseph Paul Betz, Ian McCarthy
  • Patent number: 9807162
    Abstract: Systems and methods providing users with a rich web experience are disclosed. In one embodiment, a client and at least one server are in communication using a dual communication link. In another embodiment, a markup language based instant messaging application is disclosed. The instant messaging application may include group instant messaging. The instant messaging application may also provide group member persistence and message persistence at the server. In another embodiment, a card based web application is disclosed, where the card information and character may be shared with other users or within a group. The cards may also be configurable by users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Touradj Barman, Kristofer Fox
  • Patent number: 9807047
    Abstract: A method for a computer system includes receiving a first user communication, determining a first group of users, determining a target number of users, determining whether the first group of users includes the target number of users, and if not, providing the communication to the first group of users, determining a hierarchal mapping of groups of users in response to user memberships, determining a second group of users from the hierarchal mapping, determining a plurality of social network relationship factors for the second group of users with respect to the first user, and providing the communication to at least a subset of users in the second group of users in response to the first plurality of social network relationship factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Lawler, Elliot Loh, Paul J. Martino, Mark Pincus
  • Publication number: 20170308807
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method are provided for implementing secondary profiles for members of an online application or service. Each member has a corresponding primary profile populated by the member, and a secondary profile populated with information from data sources other than the member. Each fact or entry in the secondary (or inferred) profile is accompanied by a confidence score reflecting confidence in the source of the fact, confidence that the fact is correctly associated with this member, and/or other factors. A given fact may be obtained or extracted from multiple sources, with each copy or version assigned a separate confidence score. In response to a request to identify members having a particular attribute, in addition to identifying members that have the attribute in their primary profiles, members having the attribute in their secondary profiles may be identified if the corresponding confidence scores are greater than a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Tobias M. Hauth, Paul M. Tyma, Guanchao Wang, David Siuwai Lau, Sowmitra Thallapragada, Richard G. Ramirez, Pratik Daga
  • Publication number: 20170310594
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system for operating a switch fabric. During operation, the system identifies network traffic for transmission between two access switches in a switch fabric. Next, the system selects a subset of the network traffic for forwarding on an expedited fabric path comprising a physical link between the two access switches that isolated from other physical links in the switch fabric. Next, the system forwards the subset of the network traffic on the expedited fabric path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Saikrishna Mangala Kotha, Shafagh Zandi
  • Publication number: 20170308840
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system for processing data. During operation, the system obtains a first set of rules for assigning a first set of sales professionals to a first set of accounts, wherein the first set of rules comprises a representative load rule, a matching rule, and a balancing rule. Next, the system applies an optimization technique to the first set of rules and a first set of parameters associated with the first set of sales professionals and the first set of accounts to produce a first set of assignments of the first set of sales professionals to the first set of accounts. The system then outputs the first set of assignments for using in managing sales activity of the first set of sales professionals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Huan V. Hoang, Juan Wang, Zhaoying Han, Chung-Ting John Chao, Wei Di, Qiang Zhu, Sui Yan, Xing Zhou
  • Publication number: 20170308561
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus are provided for indexing and sequentially storing variable-length data in a manner that facilitates reverse reading. Each entry stored in a log file, database, or other repository includes a data record having a fixed number of keys, a key offset corresponding to each key, and size metadata identifying a size of the data record (and possibly the key offsets). Each key offset is an offset to another entry (e.g., the matching key offset of the entry) whose data record features the same value for the corresponding key. An index identifies, for each given value of each key, an index offset to a first entry (e.g., the most recently stored entry) that has the given value for that key. Retrieving records matching a particular key value therefore simply involves following the corresponding index offset and then some number of key offsets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventor: Sanjay Sachdev
  • Publication number: 20170308534
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method are provided for implementing secondary profiles for members of an online application or service. Each member has a corresponding primary profile populated by the member, and a secondary profile populated with information from data sources other than the member. Each fact or entry in the secondary (or inferred) profile is accompanied by a confidence score reflecting confidence in the source of the fact, confidence that the fact is correctly associated with this member, and/or other factors. A given fact may be obtained or extracted from multiple sources, with each copy or version assigned a separate confidence score. In response to a request to identify members having a particular attribute, in addition to identifying members that have the attribute in their primary profiles, members having the attribute in their secondary profiles may be identified if the corresponding confidence scores are greater than a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Richard G. Ramirez, Pratik Daga, Tobias M. Hauth, Paul M. Tyma, Guanchao Wang, David Siuwai Lau, Sowmitra Thallapragada
  • Patent number: 9798811
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus are provided for distributing a content item toward target recipients solely via first degree connections (e.g., in a professional network, in a social network). For a selected content item and identified target recipients of the item, when a user initiates a message to forward or otherwise convey the content item, one or more schemes are applied to select and automatically populate the message with suitable addressees. In one scheme, values are computed for each neighbor of the sender, to indicate the value of delivering the item to that neighbor; the message is automatically addressed to the highest-value neighbors. In another scheme, user communities that encompass the target recipients are identified and the message is automatically addressed to neighbors that are best able to disseminate the item throughout a community. In another scheme a minimal set of neighbors having connections to all target recipients is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: June H. Andrews, Jason R. Schissel
  • Patent number: 9797738
    Abstract: A navigation system and method are described. A destination may be determined for a user. A starting location may be determined for the user using data obtained via a mobile device of the user. The user may be enabled to establish a route from the starting location to the destination using the mobile device. Route information that details the established route may be stored in a database for subsequent display to other users. In some embodiments, a value total for each user may be stored, and value may be added to the user's value total in response to the user establishing the route from the starting location to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventor: Jonathan Redfern
  • Patent number: 9792588
    Abstract: Techniques for inferring a professional reputation for a member of an online social networking service are described. A recommendation graph is generated from professional recommendations submitted by members of the online social networking service for other members of the online social networking service. Using the generated recommendation graph, a reputation model is trained to learn a respective importance for each respective feature of a set of features of electronic profiles on the online social networking service. A professional reputation of a member of the online social networking service is estimated by applying the trained reputation model to a feature vector of the electronic profile of the member, producing a score representing the professional reputation of the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Mario Sergio Rodriguez, Douglas Jobe Puett
  • Patent number: 9794280
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting encoding errors in a template used to generate a Web page. The template is analyzed using static analysis in a source code format, without rendering the Web page. A report can be generated including details on the detected errors and provide options on how to address the errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Roman Shafigullin, Yuji Kosuga, Arvind Mani
  • Patent number: 9794203
    Abstract: Example communication systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives a message from a message server and identifies a network link contained in the received message. The network link is associated with shareable content. The received message is modified to indicate, to a user of a client device, an option to share the network link with at least on recipient. The modified message is then communicated to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Martin Kleppmann, Rahul Vohra, Conrad Irwin, Lee Mallabone, Sam Stokes
  • Patent number: 9787662
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method and system for responding to receipt of an identifier of a first member having an account in an online social network is disclosed herein. One or more members connected to the first member are determined based on a same web browser identifier associated with each of the first member and the one or more members. There is caused to be displayed one or more graphical elements, such as a first graphical element visually depicting a connection between the first member to each of the respective one or more members and a second graphical element visually depicting account information and account access information of the first member and the one or more members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Viji Nair, Basil Kurian, Theodore Hwa, Karrick McDermott
  • Patent number: 9787785
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that recommend one or more electronic presentations to a user based on one or more factors. These factors may include contextual information, behavioral information, profile information, or combinations of the foregoing. Contextual information may include content and/or features extracted from a given electronic presentation. Behavioral information may include user behavioral data, such as the number of times a user has viewed a presentation, the amount of the presentation viewed by the user, presentations previously viewed by the user, and other such behavioral data. Profile information may include user professional profile information, such as skills the user has identified as possessing, employment history information, and other such user professional profile information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Haishan Liu, Lili Wu, Yanen Li, Liang Tang, Baoshi Yan, Anmol Bhasin
  • Patent number: 9787820
    Abstract: Methods and systems of navigating between a mobile application and a mobile browser are described. In some embodiments, it is determined that an action has been performed within a mobile application on a mobile device to launch a mobile browser on the mobile device. An identifier for the mobile application is then registered with an operating system of the mobile device, and a navigation element of the mobile browser is associated with the registered identifier. The mobile application can then be re-launched in response to receiving an indication of a selection of the navigation element within the mobile browser. In some embodiments, the identifier is a uniform resource identifier (URI). In some embodiments, associating the navigation element of the mobile browser with the registered identifier comprises modifying a browser history of the mobile browser. In some embodiments, the navigation element is a selectable back button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Rahul Vohra, Martin Alexander Kleppmann, Lee Mallabone
  • Patent number: 9787489
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus are provided for identifying an ideal or target network of a member of a professional network or social network, or one or more characteristics of such a network. Based on a type of the member, one or more attributes of a profile of the member, and/or one or more goals of the member, characteristics may be identified that support achievement of those goals or that promote more effective use of the professional network or social network by the member. By way of illustration, an ideal or target user network of a member seeking to improve her future job opportunities may include a minimum number of connections to members employed by different organizations, while an ideal or target user network of a member seeking a mentor may include a maximum number of connections to members holding senior positions within the member's industry or functional area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: June H. Andrews, Xin Cai, Ajit Datar, Mitul Tiwari
  • Patent number: 9787668
    Abstract: Sensitive user information management system and method. In accordance with some embodiments of the subject innovations, a RESTful “custodial” web service is provided to online service applications of an online service for storing and retrieving sensitive user information. More particularly, the custodial web service offers an operational interface to the online service applications accessible over a data network. The operational interface comprises two operations: STORE and RETRIEVE. The STORE operation allows an online service application to store sensitive user information with the custodial web service. The RETRIEVE operation allows the online service application to later retrieve the sensitive user information from the custodial web service. The custodial web service also ensures that received sensitive user information is cryptographically encrypted when in the custody of the web service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Nikhil Marathe, Arvind Mani, Ganesh Krishnan
  • Patent number: 9787797
    Abstract: A social networking server receives a request from a member of an organization to configure a targeted update for the organization. The targeted update may be intended for a particular group of members of a social network service. The social networking server may provide various follower dimensions to associate with the targeted update, where each of the follower dimensions include one or more selectable attributes. When the social networking server receives a request for an organization's webpage from a member of the social network service, the social networking server may compare member attributes of a member profile associated with the member with the follower dimension attributes associated with the targeted update. The social networking server may provide the targeted update for display with the webpage of the organization based on the member attributes satisfying at least one follower dimension attribute associated with the targeted update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Aviad Pinkovezky, Huining Feng, Hong H. Tam, Eldo K. Cherian
  • Publication number: 20170286551
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system for processing data. During operation, the system obtains a first configuration for processing a first set of content items from a first data source and a second configuration for processing a second set of content items from a second data source. For each content item in the first set of content items, the system uses mappings from the first configuration to transform original fields from the content item into required fields in a record representing the content item. Next, the system generates, from the required fields, a document key for the content item. The system also performs deduplication of multiple records with the document key and stores a single record with the document key. Finally, the system uses the second configuration to generate, from the second set of content items, a set of records independently of processing the first set of content items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Applicant: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Bin Wu, Weiqin Ma, Weidong Zhang, Liwen Zhang, Srihari R. Duddukuru, SangHyun Park, Yongzheng Zhang, Yi Zheng, Hong Lu, Yurong Shi, Chi-Yi Kuan
  • Patent number: 9779136
    Abstract: A system and method for rearranging search operators of a search query are disclosed. In some example embodiments, a first initial search query is received from a first user. The first initial search query comprises at least one search operator and at least one search term. A first rewritten search query is generated based on the first initial search query. The generating of the first rewritten search query comprises rewriting at least one optional search operator in the first initial search query using at least one required search operator and at least one exclusion search operator in response to a determination that the first initial search query comprises the at least one optional search operator and does not comprise any required search operators. A first set of search results is generated for the first rewritten search query and caused to be presented to the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventor: Dmytro Andriyovich Ivchenko
  • Patent number: 9779122
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for indexing electronic content to be served to users' mobile and/or stationary communications and computing devices. An index is composed of multiple slices, with each slice storing multiple entries and each entry representing one content item or one campaign or collection of content items. An entry is populated with tokens representing attribute/value pairs of a target audience of the content item and/or property/value pairs of the item or the item's campaign. A query or request to identify content items for serving to a particular user is similarly formatted with tokens representing attribute/value pairs of the user and/or item/campaign. Queries can then be executed rapidly across any or all index entries in any or all slices. Within a slice, entries may be sorted by value or score, and integer components within an individual entry may be sorted to facilitate rapid comparison with a query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Hardik N. Bati, Nihar N. Mehta
  • Patent number: 9779171
    Abstract: A business networking system receives a user a first search query that includes search criteria. The system executes the first search query to retrieve information relating to members of the business networking system based on the search criteria and to retrieve additional information relating to one or more facet values of the business networking system based on the search criteria and a scoring of a relevance of the facet values to the user. The system then executes a second search query using the one or more retrieved facet values to determine a count of documents that satisfy the search criteria and that include the one or more facet values. The system selects a portion of the facet values for transmission to the user, and displays on a user device the information relating to the members, the one or more facet values, and the counts for the one or more facet values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventor: Dmytro Andriyovich Ivchenko
  • Patent number: 9779388
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus are provided for disambiguating organization names. Selected names that are shared among multiple organizations may or may not be categorized or characterized (e.g., by industry, by size, by reach). As content items are received (e.g., news stories, magazine articles, social media content), occurrences of the selected names are identified. Each item that includes at least one name is processed to determine which of the multiple entities that have the name (if any) is the organization referenced or mentioned in the item. The same model may be applied to disambiguate all names or, depending on the name's categorization, different models or procedures may be applied to disambiguate the name.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Axel R. Hansen, Jonah L. Varon, Nicholas A. Sinnott-Armstrong, Shane S. Hill
  • Patent number: 9781178
    Abstract: A system, computer-readable storage medium, and computer-implemented method for creating a crowdsourced content publication. Layout information defining a layout of elements of a crowdsourced content publication is received. Contribution privilege information identifying a group of users of a social networking service as contributors to the crowdsourced content publication is received. The group of users may belong to a common organization as defined by a social graph maintained by the social networking service. Content criteria information specifying one or more criteria for selection of content included in the crowdsourced content publication is then received. The layout information, contribution privilege information, and content criteria information are then processed to generate a template for the crowdsourced content publication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Nipun Dave, Daniel C. Green, Albert Wang
  • Patent number: 9779363
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus are provided for disambiguating personal names. Selected names that are shared among multiple people are categorized or characterized as either famous or non-famous and, if non-famous, are also designated as common or uncommon. As content items are received (e.g., news stories, magazine articles, social media content), occurrences of the selected names are identified. Each item that includes at least one name is then processed to determine which of the multiple people that have the name (if any) is the person referenced in the item. Depending on the name's categorization (e.g., famous, non-famous and common, non-famous and uncommon), different models or procedures may be applied to disambiguate the occurrence of the name.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Axel R. Hansen, Jonah L. Varon
  • Patent number: 9774654
    Abstract: Techniques for generating, storing, and using service call graphs are provided. In one technique, trace data items generated by different services are correlated to generate a service call graph. Trace data indicates when certain services are called and their respective latencies as a result of a client request. A service call graph may reflect a single trace or multiple traces over a particular period of time. A service call graph may be analyzed to inform administrators of a web site how a web application and the services it relies on are performing. A service call graph may be used to determine whether there are sufficient resources to support a projected increase in traffic to a web application. A service call graph may be used to estimate a cost of a web application. Multiple service call graphs may be compared to determine one or more root causes of a performance problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Cuong Tran, Badrinath Sridharan, Christopher Coleman, Toon Sripatanaskul, Thomas Goetze
  • Patent number: 9774647
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, an indication is received via a user interface in a first mobile device to begin recording live video on the first mobile device. Then the recording of live video is begun by the first mobile device in response to the receiving of the indication. The live video is displayed in the user interface as it is being recorded. A gesture by a user of the first mobile device is detected. In response to the detection of the gesture, the broadcasting of the live video as it is being recorded to a plurality of mobile devices other than the first mobile device is begun. Then, in the user interface along with the live video, identifications of a plurality of users corresponding to the plurality of mobile device other than the first mobile device to which the live video is being broadcast are displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Bill Nguyen, Vincent Mallet, Nicholas Woods, Jessica Cheng, Sandip Chokshi, Ganesh Ramanarayanan, Megan Streich