Patents Examined by Hayward A. Verdun
  • Patent number: 5625554
    Abstract: The present invention solves a number of problems in using stems (canonical indicators of word meanings) in full-text retrieval of natural language documents, and thus permits recall to be improved without sacrificing precision. It uses various arrangements of finite-state transducers to accurately encode a number of desirable ways of mapping back and forth between words and stems, taking into account both systematic aspects of a language's morphological rule system and also the word-by-word irregularities that also occur. The techniques described apply generally across the languages of the world and are not just limited to simple suffixing languages like English. Although the resulting transducers can have many states and transitions or arcs, they can be compacted by finite-state compression algorithms so that they can be used effectively in resource-limited applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Douglass R. Cutting, Per-Kristian G. Halvorsen, Ronald M. Kaplan, Lauri Karttunen, Martin Kay, Jan O. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 5596493
    Abstract: POS data are entered at step S1. The input POS data are arranged and those data for a day on which there was no stock at the store opening time and for a day on which the goods are out of stock at the store closure time are discarded to formulate data sets of the daily sale amounts for individual goods. At step S3, non-routine goods are discarded. At step S4, basic statistic values of the goods, such as mean value, standard deviation, maximum value, minimum value, skewness value, kurtosis value, Geary value etc. of the daily sale amounts of the goods are calculated. At step S5, the goods are classified into one of preset plural types, such as Poisson type, normal type, causal type and other type. Besides, an optimum amount for restocking order is found on the basis of the class types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Assignees: Meiji Milk Products Co., Ltd., Kaoru Tone
    Inventors: Kaoru Tone, Michiko Tone, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Toshikazu Okazaki
  • Patent number: 5594641
    Abstract: The present invention solves a number of problems in using stems (canonical indicators of word meanings) in full-text retrieval of natural language documents, and thus permits recall to be improved without sacrificing precision. It uses various arrangements of finite-state transducers to accurately encode a number of desirable ways of mapping back and forth between words and stems, taking into account both systematic aspects of a language's morphological rule system and also the word-by-word irregularities that also occur. The techniques described apply generally across the languages of the world and are not just limited to simple suffixing languages like English. Although the resulting transducers can have many states and transitions or arcs, they can be compacted by finite-state compression algorithms so that they can be used effectively in resource-limited applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald M. Kaplan, Lauri Karttunen
  • Patent number: 5592374
    Abstract: In storage phosphor radiography a latent x-ray image of a patient is stored in a storage phosphor. A storage phosphor reader converts the latent image into an x-ray image signal. A patient identifying and exam collection bar code system provides patient identification and x-ray exam data at the time of the exam which is matched with the x-ray image signal in the reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Peter C. Fellegara, Robert W. Apps, Mervet E. Heartberg, Richard E. Osiecki
  • Patent number: 5592376
    Abstract: The Currency Exchange Network transaction management and accounting system assists businesses, employees, and consumers to engage in productive economic activity that is not supported by traditional cash- and credit-based transaction systems. The system functions as a currency exchange between the non-cash, volunteer and barter economies and the mainstream cash economy. This dual-currency system handles transactions for goods and services using a combination of cash and Community Economic Development Scrip, a new currency based on non-cash service credits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: Commonweal Incorporated
    Inventor: Joel Hodroff
  • Patent number: 5583758
    Abstract: A health care management system for use by hospitals, physicians, insurance companies, health maintenance organizations, and others in the health care field includes a processing unit and health condition guidelines. A user inputs information related to the health condition of an individual and guideline treatment options are identified. The user also inputs actual or proposed and final recommendation treatments for the same individual. The resulting comparative information can be used to modify the actual or proposed treatment, or provide explanatory information as to reasons for the difference between the final recommendation treatment and guideline treatment options. Also, the comparative information can be used by a reviewer for evaluation or utilization purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: Health Risk Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary T. McIlroy, Julie E. Kees, Jacquelyn A. Kalscheuer
  • Patent number: 5581460
    Abstract: To automatically form a medical diagnostic report containing various patient's information and also relevant medical diagnostic image data, a plurality of medical diagnostic image data are previously registered. The medical diagnostic report forming apparatus includes an image data registering portion for previously registering therein a plurality of medical diagnostic image data on patients. An extracting portion is also provided for extracting desirable medical diagnostic image data from plural image data registered in the image data registering portion to obtain the desirable diagnostic image data. A keyboard is also provided for entering doctor's comment data related to the desirable diagnostic image data; with a main memory having a report forming memory region for writing the desirable diagnostic image data together with the doctor's comment data. As a result, a medical diagnostic report containing at least both of the desirable diagnostic image data and the doctor's comment data is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takashi Kotake, Sayuri Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 5576949
    Abstract: The present invention evaluates an animal to determine characteristics or traits thereof. The invention evaluates the animal as it moves through first and second scenes that correspond to different first and second fields of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: C-Scan, LLC
    Inventors: Wayne W. Scofield, Mark A. Engelstad
  • Patent number: 5539635
    Abstract: A radio program distribution system for creating custom recordings containing a requested plurality of musical programs. The system stores digital copies of musical programs and can selectively copy the programs onto custom recordings. Each participating broadcaster transmits program information to the system about each broadcasted program, and the system creates an entry in a database identifying the program, the time, the date and the broadcaster of each broadcast by a participating broadcaster. The system is connected to a telephone network, allowing customers to call into the system and request a custom recording containing desired musical programs. The customer requests which musical programs are desired by giving the time, date and broadcaster of when the program was heard on the radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Inventor: Ernest J. Larson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5521813
    Abstract: A computer-based system and method which incorporates long-range weather forecasts in a predictive model which quantifies historical weather impact relationships between datasets, and uses the long-range weather forecasts to predict future weather impact on managerial plans. The predictive model can use multiple regression or a neural network. In a retail application, the computer-based system and method has a weather impact predictive model based on correlations of historical weather and point-of-sale store transactions data. The weather impact model is coupled with long-range weather forecasts to adjust managerial plans for buying, distribution, financial budgeting, promotional and advertising applications. A graphical user interface provides easy assimilation of analysis for specific managerial planning applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Assignee: Strategic Weather Services
    Inventors: Frederic D. Fox, Richard J. Fox, Michael A. Rhoads, Douglas R. Pearson, William R. Young
  • Patent number: 5483441
    Abstract: The present invention evaluates an animal to determine characteristics or traits thereof. The invention evaluates the animal as it moves through first and second scenes that correspond to different first and second fields of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: Uniform Scanner Data Analysis, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne W. Scofield
  • Patent number: RE35449
    Abstract: A remote response system includes a central control unit and a plurality of remotely-located response units each having keypads for entering a selection from a user. The central control unit sequentially transmits distinct address words and includes redundant receivers for receiving data words transmitted by response units. Each response unit becomes powered-up upon the entry of a user response and transmits a data word, corresponding to the user selection, upon receipt of its unique address word. The central control unit examines the validity of each data bit received and the validity of an entire data word to determine if both a character and its complement are received. If a valid data word is received, the central control unit transmits an acknowledge bit, which powers-down the response unit that sent the valid word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Fleetwood Furniture Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry G. Derks