Yahoo Patents

Yahoo! Inc. operates an Internet portal that provides communications services, including Yahoo Mail and Messenger, and sports, weather, finance and other digital news content to its users. The company also operates Flickr, the photo sharing website, and Tumblr, a social media and microblogging platform.

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  • Publication number: 20180232780
    Abstract: A determination method according to the present application comprises acquiring a first advertisement from a first type advertisement distribution server that has a predetermined relationship with content that includes a predetermined ad spot displayed on a terminal device, requesting, by sending amount-of-money information that is based on a condition related to the first type advertisement distribution server, distribution of an advertisement from a second type advertisement distribution server, and determining, when the second advertisement has been acquired from the second type advertisement distribution server, to display the second advertisement on the ad spot and determines, when the second advertisement has not been acquired from the second type advertisement distribution server, to display the first advertisement on the ad spot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki TAKI, Shunsaku ASANO
  • Patent number: 10051430
    Abstract: According to an embodiment a determination device through a clustering analysis of position history data incudes an estimation unit that, by conducting a clustering analysis on history data of pieces of geographical position information on Earth of a plurality of movable bodies that is obtained by a positioning device, based, on a horizontal position constituted of a latitude and a longitude and a lapse of time, acquires pieces of area information indicating a characteristic of geographical area in which there is a tendency for the movable bodies to be positioned, the history data being accumulated sequentially in a storage device with pieces of movable body identification information and pieces of timestamp information, and a determination unit that determines whether the movable body is present in a specified point in time and the geographical area, based on the pieces of area information acquired for one of the movable bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoya Bessho
  • Publication number: 20180218382
    Abstract: Communication accounts may contain information such as account holder names, contact lists, and communication logs. Such information may be processed for generating features that may be used as corpus for a machine learning algorithm for developing classifiers of names. Specifically, names and contact names of the accounts may be arranged in to a document according to the manner in which account holders communicate with the contacts. The document may be used for generating word embedding of the names. Names prelabeled with ethnicity together with their word embedding may be used as training data for developing ethnicity classifiers based on machine learning algorithms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Junting Ye, Yifan Hu, Baris Coskun, Meizhu Liu, Steven Skiena
  • Publication number: 20180218391
    Abstract: Methods and systems to monitor viewable impressions of online advertisements are provided. A method includes receiving a request to provide an online advertisement for display on a user device. The method further includes providing an online advertisement viewability rules array to an online content publisher system in response to receiving the request. The online advertisement viewability rules array includes a plurality of rules, each rule of the plurality of rules including a definition of when a viewable impression of an online advertisement occurs on a user device. The method further includes receiving, through operation of the online content publisher system, data indicating a viewable impression of the online advertisement has occurred on the user device. The data is generated in response to a determination a viewable impression of the online advertisement has occurred on the user device according to at least one rule of the online advertisement viewability rules array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings. Inc.
    Inventor: Ilya SLAIN
  • Publication number: 20180219809
    Abstract: According to one aspect of an embodiment a selecting device includes an acquiring unit that acquires experience information that indicates experience of a user in a predetermined event. The selecting device includes a selecting unit that selects information to provide to the user based on the experience information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuya MATSUZAKI
  • Publication number: 20180218392
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing viewability metrics are provided. A method includes receiving, by a processor of an online advertising platform, online advertisement viewability metrics collected by a system of an online content publisher. The online advertisement viewability metrics indicate whether a user of a user device viewed an online advertisement provided to the user device. The method further includes dividing, by the processor of the online advertising platform, the received online advertisement viewability metrics into a first online advertisement viewability metric set and a second online advertisement viewability metric set. The method further includes providing, by the processor of the online advertising platform, the first online advertisement viewability metric set to a system of a third-party analytics provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ilya SLAIN
  • Patent number: 10037496
    Abstract: A numbered ticket information issuing system according to an embodiment includes a numbered ticket information issuing server. The numbered ticket information issuing server includes a numbered ticket information issuing unit and a numbered ticket information transmitting unit. The numbered ticket information issuing unit issues, when receiving, from a wireless terminal, a numbered ticket issue request containing information on a wireless device installed in a shop or a facility that provides a product or a service, numbered ticket information on the shop or the facility corresponding to the numbered ticket issue request. The numbered ticket information transmitting unit transmits the numbered ticket information issued by the numbered ticket information issuing unit to the wireless terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daishi Nakajima, Yuichi Shiga, Naoko Hiraya, Keita Imaeda
  • Patent number: 10025757
    Abstract: According to one aspect of an embodiment, an information display device includes a display unit configured to display first content and second content which are individual pieces of content side by side. The information display device includes a change unit configured to changes a display range of the first content and changes the second content to third content according to a change operation of changing a display range serving as a range in which the first content is displayed on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kensuke Takada, Soichi Tatsumi
  • Patent number: 10019735
    Abstract: An advertisement distribution apparatus according to an embodiment includes a user information table, a determining unit, a request unit, and a distribution unit. The user information table stores user information about a user. When the advertisement distribution apparatus is accessed by a user terminal, the determining unit determines whether the user information of the user of the user terminal has been stored in the user information table. When the determining unit determines that the user information has not been stored in the storage unit, the request unit requests an information provision apparatus to transmit the user information. When the determining unit determines that the user information has not been stored in the storage unit, the distribution unit distributes advertisement content to the user terminal using the user information which is acquired from the information provision apparatus by the request unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Tajima, Koji Tsukamoto, Hidehito Gomi, Hiroshi Nishikawa, Taisuke Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10019141
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus according to an embodiment includes a moving operation detecting unit and a first display position changing unit. The moving operation detecting unit detects a moving operation for requesting to move a text display region displayed in a display. When the moving operation detecting unit has detected the moving operation, the first display position changing unit moves a display position of the text display region in the display according to the moving operation in a state where a cursor position in the display is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Suzuki, Kazumasa Okabe
  • Publication number: 20180182030
    Abstract: A determination device disclosed herein includes an acquiring unit, a specifying unit, and a determination unit. The acquiring unit acquires account information that is information related to a transaction of an account opened by a first company and evaluation information that is information related to evaluations of companies. The specifying unit specifies, based on the account information acquired by the acquiring unit, a second company that has a deposit/withdrawal transaction with the first company. The determination unit determines, based on the evaluation information related to the second company specified by the specifying unit and based on the information related to the deposit/withdrawal transaction between the first company and the second company, the creditworthiness of the first company.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyosuke ARAI, Shinichiro SEGA, Yohei YAMAUE
  • Publication number: 20180173726
    Abstract: A generation device according to the subject application includes an acquiring unit and a generating unit. The acquiring unit acquires multiple pieces of vector information that correspond to each search target during the proximity search. The generating unit generates multiple pieces of centroid information, in which each piece of vector information is related in accordance with a distance for vector quantization, based on multiple pieces of vector information acquired by the acquiring unit such that a difference in the number of pieces of vector information related to each piece of centroid information falls within a predetermined value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masajiro IWASAKI
  • Publication number: 20180174217
    Abstract: An intermediate support system includes a receiving unit that receives, from a first user, a purchase request for a product or a service sold in a store; a user extracting unit that extracts a second user who is at least one of a user who is currently visiting the store and a user who is highly likely to visit the store; and an intermediating unit that sends, based on the purchase request received by the receiving unit, to a terminal device that is used by the second user extracted by the user extracting unit, information that requests to purchase the product or the service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takamitsu IRIYAMA
  • Publication number: 20180174183
    Abstract: According to one aspect of an embodiment a calculation device includes a determination unit that determines whether each of the pieces of the attribute information matches each of the conditions. The calculation device includes a decision unit that decides, on the basis of whether the continuous values included in the index information that is associated with the condition determined to be matched with the attribute information continue up to the predetermined value, whether the predetermined information is specified as the distribution target. The calculation device includes a calculation unit that calculates by using the coefficient that is included in the index information and that is associated with the condition that is determined to be matched with the attribute information, a priority at the time of distribution of the predetermined information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Youhei MORISHITA, Naoki ISHIKAWA, Masayuki YANO
  • Publication number: 20180174184
    Abstract: According to one aspect of an embodiment a decision device refers to condition information, in which a plurality of conditions that indicates an attribute of a distribution destination of predetermined information and that includes a condition in which an allowable range is set is represented by a Boolean operation expression, and that determines whether the attribute information matches the plurality of the conditions. The decision device determines, when it is determined that, from among the plurality of the conditions, the attribute information matches the condition in which the allowable range is set, whether the attribute information satisfies the allowable range that is set in the condition. The decision device decides, based on determination results obtained by the first determination unit and the second determination unit, whether the predetermined information is a distribution target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroki NARUKAWA, Masayuki YANO, Naoki ISHIKAWA
  • Patent number: 10003859
    Abstract: A distribution device includes a distribution unit that distributes a content including a control program to a user terminal. The control program causes the user terminal to execute an acquisition procedure for acquiring an area of the content, the area being displayed by a browser program, as a viewable area, a determination procedure for determining whether or not a display area where a video is displayed, the display area being included in the content, is located in the viewable area, and a playback procedure for starting playback of the video if the display area is located in the viewable area and the situation of the user terminal is a predetermined situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Sumitomo, Kanta Suzuki, Kazutaka Kimura
  • Patent number: 10000217
    Abstract: The present application provides techniques including a notification-needed information presenting apparatus that includes at least one information presenting unit capable of presenting information to an occupant of a vehicle, a notification-needed information acquiring unit that acquires notification-needed information, which is information that the occupant needs to be notified of through the information presenting unit in relation to operation of the vehicle, an occupant behavior determining unit that determines behavior of the occupant toward the information presenting unit, and a presentation controlling unit that controls the information presenting unit to present the notification-needed information to the occupant in accordance with the behavior of the occupant determined by the occupant behavior determining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo Kitagishi
  • Patent number: 9990657
    Abstract: According to one aspect of an embodiment, an information display device includes a display unit configured to display first content and second content in a display region so as to overlap each other. The information display device includes a change unit configured to change the second content to third content, depending on a position where a predetermined region included in the first content is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Kobayashi, Tatsuaki Suzuki, Kensuke Takada
  • Publication number: 20180150759
    Abstract: A calculation device according to the present application includes an acquiring unit and a calculation unit. The acquiring unit that acquires a plurality of pieces of first triple information indicating a relationship related to three types of elements and a plurality of pieces of second triple information obtained based on a conceptual system in the plurality of pieces of the first triple information. The calculation unit that calculates statistical information related to the plurality of pieces of the first triple information based on the number of pieces of the first triple information associated with each of the plurality of pieces of the second triple information acquired by the acquiring unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiyoshi NITTA, Iztok SAVNIK
  • Patent number: 9984400
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus, method, and program that control an electronic data exchange. The apparatus, method, and program involve receiving user information on an information provider or a provider terminal from the provider terminal used by the information provider. The user information received is stored in a memory. In the case of accepting an acquisition request for the user information from a user terminal used by an information user, the system controls whether to provide the user information corresponding to the acquisition request to the user terminal and transmits a reward to the information provider which is a transmission source of the provided user information based on factor information which affects a value of the user information stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Teruhiko Teraoka, Hidehito Gomi, Kota Tsubouchi
  • Patent number: 9984390
    Abstract: According to one aspect of an embodiment, an information display device includes a display unit configured to display first content in a region which accounts for a predetermined proportion of a display region and displays second content in another region. The information display device includes a detection unit configured to detect an inclination of the information display device. The information display device includes a change unit configured to change the proportion of the region in which the first content is displayed and the proportion of the region in which the second content is displayed in the display region, depending on the detection result of the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Kobayashi, Tatsuaki Suzuki, Kensuke Takada
  • Publication number: 20180146340
    Abstract: According to an embodiment a determination device through a clustering analysis of position history data incudes an estimation unit that, by conducting a clustering analysis on history data of pieces of geographical position information on Earth of a plurality of movable bodies that is obtained by a positioning device, based on a horizontal position constituted of a latitude and a longitude and a lapse of time, acquires pieces of area information indicating a characteristic of geographical area in which there is a tendency for the movable bodies to be positioned, the history data being accumulated sequentially in a storage device with pieces of movable body identification information and pieces of timestamp information, and a determination unit that determines whether the movable body is present in a specified point in time and the geographical area, based on the pieces of area information acquired for one of the movable bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoya BESSHO
  • Publication number: 20180144043
    Abstract: A creating device according to the present application includes an acquiring unit, and a creating unit. The acquiring unit acquires a plurality of pieces of triple information indicating a relationship related to three types of elements. The creating unit creates, from among the pieces of the triple information acquired by the acquiring unit, association information that associates a triple information group having a predetermined relationship related to the three types of elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiyoshi NITTA, Iztok SAVNIK
  • Publication number: 20180137542
    Abstract: A system for generating an advertisement is provided. The system may receive an advertisement request from a client device and select an advertisement from a database in response to the advertisement request. The system may identify an advertiser web server associated with the advertisement, for example a landing page. The system may retrieve a picture from the advertiser web server and integrate the picture with the advertisement to generate an enhanced advertisement. The system may serve the enhanced advertisement to the client device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald Pesavento, Sachin Sudhakar Farfade, Venkat Kumar Reddy Barakam, Ramu Adapala, Sripathi Ramadurai, Pierre Garrigues
  • Publication number: 20180137421
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus discloses herein includes an acquiring unit and an estimating unit. The acquiring unit acquires a plurality of pieces of identity information including a keyword based on an operation performed by a user. The estimating unit estimates an age group of the user based on the plurality of pieces of identity information acquired by the acquiring unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryotaro TAKEDA, Takuya NOMURA
  • Patent number: 9971402
    Abstract: An information processing system includes an acquiring unit that acquires motion information indicating a current motion of a user, a determining unit that compares the motion information acquired by the acquiring unit with standard information indicating a motion of the user in a predetermined state to determine the presence or absence of a state change of the user, and a calculating unit that, when the determining unit determines that a state change is present, calculates an area that the user visually recognizes based on sight line information concerning a sight line of the user contained in the motion information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kota Tsubouchi, Kentaro Nishi
  • Patent number: 9972033
    Abstract: A distribution apparatus includes a receiving unit and a distributing unit. The receiving unit receives an acquisition request for a first content. The distributing unit distributes the first content displayed with a second content and control information that causes a region of the second content that does not overlap the first content to be displayed in a selectable state and causes a region of the second content overlapping the first content to be displayed so as to overlap the first content in a non-selectable state, when the acquisition request is received by the receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuki Nakayama, Narae Lee, Tatsuaki Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20180126272
    Abstract: A virtual-reality providing system disclosed herein includes a terminal apparatus and a server apparatus. The terminal apparatus generates a first content based on an instruction that is based on a user operation, the first content being obtained by rendering one or more objects belonging to a first category among a plurality of objects. The server apparatus generates a second content based on the instruction received from the terminal apparatus to transmit the generated second content to the terminal apparatus, the second content being obtained by rendering one or more objects belonging to a second category among the plurality of objects, wherein the terminal apparatus synthesizes the first and second contents to generate a third content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji HIRUTA
  • Publication number: 20180129710
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus according to the present application includes a classification unit, a conversion unit, a label acquiring unit. The classification unit that classifies a feature vector by using a classification vector, the feature vector being converted from target data. The conversion unit that converts the feature vector into an embedding vector in accordance with a conversion rule according to classification performed by the classification unit. The label acquiring unit that acquires, as one or more labels to be provided to the target data, one or more labels acquired based on the embedding vector converted by the conversion unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yukihiro TAGAMI
  • Patent number: 9965777
    Abstract: An advertisement distribution management apparatus according to an embodiment includes a detection unit, a storage unit, and an acceptance unit. The detection unit detects information on a wireless terminal which exists in a communication area of a wireless LAN access point and which satisfies a predetermined condition. The storage unit stores information on the wireless terminal detected by the detection unit and attribute information set to the wireless LAN access point in association with each other. The acceptance unit accepts an order request of an advertisement distribution that specifies the attribute information on the basis of the information on the wireless terminal stored in the storage unit in association with the specified attribute information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ririse Taki, Shouichi Iiduka, Akira Satou
  • Patent number: 9959646
    Abstract: According to one aspect of an embodiment, an information display device includes a display unit that displays first content in a display region. The information display device includes a detection unit configured to detect a physical state of a terminal device. The information display device includes a display control unit configured to direct the display unit to display second new content in the display region while changing a display mode of the first content, on the basis of the detection result of the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chiemi Taki, Daisuke Kobayashi, Keisuke Kimura, Tatsuaki Suzuki, Kensuke Takada
  • Patent number: 9959255
    Abstract: A system can stream content items and ad items to a user interface of a client-side application (such as a web browser) without refreshing the user interface and by requesting such items from a local cache and/or a remote cache associated with the client-side application or the user interface. The remote cache can operate much like a local cache for the client-side application or the user interface. Items can be streamed to a user interface without refreshing the user interface and by requesting such items from a remote cache dedicated to caching the items that can be presented by the user interface. Because the tracking of such items and the tracking of the interactions with such items creates such large amounts of data, communicating the tracked data may be impracticable without use of a system that can effectively compress associated instrumentation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Timothy Michael Tully
  • Publication number: 20180114249
    Abstract: An electronic system may be configured receive a set of location-based events and form the location-based events into a plurality of groups. The location-based events identify user devices that transmitted messages over the network and physical locations of the user devices when the messages were generated. The groups may be formed based on the physical locations and the number of groups to be formed. In some embodiments, the system may use k-means clustering to form the groups. The system may analyze the groups to determine a home location of at least some of the user devices identified in the set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Malkin, Csaba Kecskemeti
  • Publication number: 20180114248
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods generate a more accurate search advertising auction that considers heterogeneous attributes of advertisements for inclusions into an available advertisement space. Each advertisement considered for inclusion into the available advertisement space may be further analyzed to generate a truthful estimated price for reference during an online bidding for the advertisement space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Wilkens, Prabhakar Krishnamurthy, Maxim Sviridenko, Ruggiero Cavallo, Darja Krushevskaja
  • Patent number: 9940372
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for automatically determining when to trigger instant search. In one technique, while a user is entering text to formulate a search query, and prior to receiving an indication that the user has completed formulation of the search query, a search assistant system determines the most popular queries that include the text the user has already entered. The search assistant system then determines whether to proactively provide, to the user, search results for the top-candidate of those completed queries. That determination may take into account factors such as whether the top-candidate qualifies as a dominant completed query, a richness metric determined for the search results for the particular completed query, and/or a satisfaction metric determined for the search results for the particular completed query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Shenhong Zhu, Kazuhiro Nakao, Zhongqiang Chen, Chun Ming Sze, Huming Wu, Farzin Maghoul
  • Patent number: 9940408
    Abstract: A trigger query obtaining apparatus includes a graph creating unit, a score calculation unit, a trigger query obtaining unit, and an output unit. The graph creating unit creates a minimal directed graph having nodes each corresponding to a search query included in one of two search logs, and a link directed from one node to another node. The score calculation unit calculates a score for each node of a directed graph composed of minimal directed graphs, using a seed query. The trigger query obtaining unit obtains a trigger query that is a search query corresponding to a node having a score that satisfies a condition. The output unit outputs the trigger query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sumio Fujita
  • Patent number: 9939277
    Abstract: A system and method generates and recommends a short and pleasant path between a source s and destination d in a geo-location such as a city or city center. The routes are not only short but emotionally pleasant, offering an engaging user experience, going beyond just showing paths on a map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Luca Maria Aiello, Daniele Quercia, Rossano Schifanella
  • Patent number: 9940575
    Abstract: As provided herein, a domain model, corresponding to a domain of an image, may be merged with a pre-trained fundamental model to generate a trained fundamental model. The trained fundamental model may comprise a feature description of the image converted into a binary code. Responsive to a user submitting a search query, a coarse image search may be performed, using a search query binary code derived from the search query, to identify a candidate group, comprising one or more images, having binary codes corresponding to the search query binary code. A fine image search may be performed on the candidate group utilizing a search query feature description derived from the search query. The fine image search may be used to rank images within the candidate group based upon a similarity between the search query feature description and feature descriptions of the one or more images within the candidate group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: JenHao Hsiao
  • Publication number: 20180095967
    Abstract: A system and method for ranking query-advertisement combinations is disclosed. Embodiments use an online component to enhance and rank query ad combinations. The query ad combination is then reranked with a trained factorization machine. The subsequent list of ranked query-ad combinations is then output. The output may be to an auction for determine ad-query combinations having the greatest expected revenue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Nagaraj KOTA
  • Patent number: 9935793
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to identifying entities in content, highlighting the identified entities, and displaying an interactive chat session based on a selected entity. The interactive chat session and the content may be displayed in the same browser window. The interactive chat session may be overlaid on top of the content, inserted inline into the content, or otherwise embedded within the content. The content and the interactive chat session may both remain active in the browser window, enabling a user to conveniently read and chat about the content. The topic of the interactive chat session may be automatically selected from a hierarchical taxonomy of chat session topics, or the user may select the topic from one or more provided taxonomies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Vadim Von Brzeski, Reiner Kraft
  • Publication number: 20180082186
    Abstract: According to one aspect of an embodiment an estimation device includes a collecting unit that collects pieces of operation information that indicate operational statuses of electric devices, provided in a predetermined facility, and terminal information that is acquired by a terminal device of a user in the predetermined facility. The estimation device includes an estimating unit that estimates an action of a user in the predetermined facility based on the pieces of operation information and the terminal information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo KITAGISHI
  • Publication number: 20180082195
    Abstract: An inference device disclosed herein includes an identifying unit, and an inferring unit. The identifying unit identifies a set of a predetermined phenomenon, an effect having a causal relation with the predetermined phenomenon, and a polarity of the effect, from concept information in which a phenomenon, an effect having a causal relation with the phenomenon, a polarity to be an indicator of advantages and disadvantages caused by the effect to a user. The inferring unit infers an effect caused when the predetermined phenomenon occurs, and advantages and disadvantages caused by the effect based on the set identified by the identifying unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo KITAGISHI
  • Publication number: 20180082323
    Abstract: A selling item transaction processing device disclosed herein includes a setting reception unit, a transaction price changing unit, a purchase reception unit, and a processing unit. The setting reception unit receives setting of a transaction price of a selling item. The transaction price changing unit gradually lowers the transaction price. The purchase reception unit receives a purchase request on the selling item at the transaction price. The processing unit performs processing in response to the purchase request. The transaction price changing unit dynamically changes a mode of lowering the transaction price.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shin TSURUTA
  • Publication number: 20180082196
    Abstract: According to one aspect of an embodiment a generation apparatus includes a selection unit that selects a model to be used for generating a response based on one of conditions input from a user among from a plurality of models for generating responses to inquiries, the models being for generating the responses corresponding to the conditions that are different from one another. The generation apparatus includes a generation unit that generates the response to an inquiry from the user by using the model selected by the selection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ikuo KITAGISHI, Akishi TSUMORI, Tooru UENAGA, Akiomi NISHIDA, Takao KOMIYA
  • Patent number: 9922096
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a web browser-based scheme for combining structured data, infographic definitions, and visual styling information to render infographics and aggregate collections of infographics, referred to herein as “Vizumes” and “Personas.” In exemplary embodiments of the disclosure, a relational database and/or a file system stores user data, infographic definitions, templates and palettes; combines these elements to produce individual infographic representations or a collection of infographic/visualizations (Vizumes) on a single canvas; allows users to choose different infographic visualizations of the same underlying data; and allows users to change the layout, font style, and color palette to instantly produce different visual presentations from the same data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Todd Silverstein, D. Eli Tucker, Jeff Cutler-Stamm
  • Patent number: 9924309
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for location tracking. In one embodiment, an apparatus receives a message sent to a user of a mobile device in a wireless network, and a processor determines at least one location parameter. Data is extracted from the message, and initiation of a computing function (e.g., transmission of a communication to the mobile device) is triggered by a match between the location and the data from the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Sol Lipman, David Robinson, Jeffrey Bonforte, Victor Chen
  • Patent number: 9924203
    Abstract: A delivery device according to the present disclosure includes a receiving unit and a delivering unit. The receiving unit receives a user attribute of a user using a space in which an output device is installed for each user. The delivering unit delivers content corresponding to the user to the output device for each user based on the user attribute received through the receiving unit. Thus, the delivery device the present disclosure can effectively use an output device installed for each user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sotaro Igarashi
  • Patent number: 9922121
    Abstract: A search system includes a terminal apparatus and a server apparatus. The server apparatus includes a response unit configured to respond image information about a web page of a search result corresponding to the search query for a web search transmitted by the terminal apparatus to the terminal apparatus. The terminal apparatus includes a receiving unit configured to receive the image information about the web page of the search result from the server apparatus, and a display control unit configured to display the image information received by the receiving unit on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taketo Sano, Hiroyuki Soya
  • Patent number: 9916364
    Abstract: News search and browse experience is personalized based on user preferences. User attributes like a geographic location are obtained and news sources preferred by other users with attributes similar to those of a requesting user are identified. News sources that are popular across different user groups are eliminated and relevant news items from the remaining news sources are retrieved and presented to the requesting user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Srinivas Vadrevu, Su-Lin Wu, Ben Shahshahani
  • Patent number: 9916309
    Abstract: One embodiment of a method for summarizing an electronic document includes splitting the electronic document into a plurality of terms, wherein each of the plurality of terms is associated with a respective length, a respective informativeness score, and a respective coherence score, automatically selecting a subset of the plurality of terms, such that an aggregate informativeness score of the subset is maximized while an aggregate length of the subset is less than or equal to a maximum length, and arranging the subset as a summary of the electronic document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Inderjeet Mani, Eugenio Ciurana, Nicholas D'Aloisio-Montilla, Bart K. Swanson