Patents Examined by Thong Vu
  • Patent number: 10289679
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of establishing influence relationships between data in a question-answering environment is disclosed. Establishing influence relationships can include determining a set of conditions indicating a set of user statuses and analyzing, using a first natural language processing technique, a corpus of data including a set of user data. Establishing influence relationships between data can include identifying, based on analyzing the corpus of data, a set of influence factors corresponding to a subset of the set of user data and to a subset of the set of conditions. In embodiments, establishing influence relationships can include establishing, based on the set of influence factors, a set of influence relationships between the subset of the set of user data and the subset of the set of conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Johnson, Brian R. Muras, Daniel J. Strauss, Eric G. Thiemann
  • Patent number: 10262330
    Abstract: Provided is a process of learning an audience member function, the process including: obtaining a training set of geographic data describing geolocation histories of a plurality of mobile devices, wherein members of the training set are classified according to whether the respective member of the training set is a member of an audience; retrieving attributes of geolocations in the geolocation histories from a geographic information system; learning feature functions of an audience member function based on the training set, wherein at least some of the feature functions are a function of the retrieved attributes of geolocation, wherein the feature functions are learned, at least in part, by calculating a plurality of impurity measures for candidate feature functions and selecting one of the candidate feature functions based on the relative values of the impurity measures; and storing the feature functions of the audience member function in an audience repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: PlaceIQ, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Milton, Duncan McCall
  • Patent number: 10229176
    Abstract: In an embodiment a method is provided. The method includes receiving forecast information in a computer from a first group of users. The method also includes integrating the forecast information into a database and corresponding OLAP cube accessible by the computer. The method further includes receiving comments on specific entries of the forecast information in the computer from a second group of users. The method also includes receiving changes of the forecast information in the computer from a second group of users The method further includes integrating comments and changes into the database and OLAP cube. Moreover, the method includes providing a display of the comments and the changes to the first group of users in an interface to the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Right90, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim Orumchian, Art Stabenow, Dean Skelton, David Petiot
  • Patent number: 10223542
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to perform an operation comprising upon determining that a received query requests values of sensitive data stored in a secure database table of a database, computing a security score for the received query based on a determined specificity of a selection predicate of the received query, and upon determining that the security score exceeds a security threshold, performing a predefined operation to restrict access to the requested values of the sensitive data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rafal P. Konik, Roger A. Mittelstadt, Brian R. Muras, Mark W. Theuer
  • Patent number: 10191927
    Abstract: A social networking system selects content items previously presented to a user for presentation to the user along with content items that were not previously presented. The social networking system selects candidate content items as previously-presented content items satisfying one or more criteria. One or more indices each associated with one or more attributes are generated that include candidate content items having attributes associated with an index. Candidate content items in an index are ranked based on a likelihood of the user interacting with the candidate content items in the index, and one or more candidate content items are selected from the index for presentation based on the ranking. The candidate content items selected from the index are presented to the user along with additional content items not previously-presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Matthew Marra, Yi Guo, Chao Ruan, Li Zhang
  • Patent number: 10176228
    Abstract: An approach is provided in which a knowledge manager receives a question and selects candidate answers based upon a lexical answer type included in the question. The knowledge manager evaluates the candidate answers against conditions detected in the question and generates condition fulfillment scores accordingly. In turn, the knowledge manager ranks the candidate answers based upon the corresponding condition fulfillment scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy A. Bishop, Stephen A. Boxwell, Benjamin L. Brumfield, Nirav P. Desai, Stanley J. Vernier
  • Patent number: 10169164
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for generating graphical maps showing the backup degrees of data modules located across one or more client computers in a network, and directing backup and recovery operations for those data modules. According to one embodiment, the backup system sends information requests to the client computers, and receives in response the backup degrees of the data modules contained by the client computers. The backup system then generates and displays the graphical map. The backup system then can direct backup and recovery operations by sending operation requests to the client computers and updating the graphical map when necessary. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Shelesh Chopra, Shilpa Mehta, Asif Khan
  • Patent number: 10140338
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, a method includes receiving an unstructured text query, identifying nodes and edges from a social graph that correspond to n-grams in the text query, generating structured queries that include references to the identified nodes and edges, receiving a selection of a structured query, identifying target nodes that correspond to the structured query, and then generating search results that include target nodes with privacy settings where the nodes and edges along the path connecting the target node and the querying user are all visible to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Yofay Kari Lee, Michael Benjamin Cohen, Maxime Boucher, Alisson Gusatti Azzolini, Xiao Li, Lars Eilstrup Rasmussen, Michael Curtiss, Chaitanya Mishra
  • Patent number: 10140347
    Abstract: A query handling arrangement is disclosed for a federated database system. The database system includes data storing applications configured to store data in corresponding databases. The query handling arrangement includes a query handling device that receives a database query from a query generating application concerning the obtaining of data from the databases, obtains usage profiles regarding allowed use of the data in the databases provided by a usage profile announcing device, investigates the usage profiles, obtains data from the databases according to the obtained usage profiles, and responds to the query with the obtained data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Manoj Prasanna Kumar, Brindha Padmanaabhan, Subramanian Shivashankar, Jawad Mohamed Zahoor
  • Patent number: 10108757
    Abstract: Access to data representations of relatively dynamic actual usage and patterns of spectrum usage across channels, geographies (locations), and times can be advantageous in planning for resource utilization, and in structuring pricing for spectrum resources. Actual usage of spectrum resources can vary dynamically. Significant opportunities to advantageously utilize spectrum resources can be identified from relatively dynamic representations of actual usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Adaptrum, Inc.
    Inventor: Hamid Aghajan
  • Patent number: 10108637
    Abstract: A spatial-temporal storage method, system, and non-transitory computer readable medium, include, in a first layer, a geometric translation circuit configured to split spatial-temporal information into row keys and translate a geometry query into a range scan, and a multi-scan optimization circuit configured to compute an optimal read strategy to optimize the range scan translated by the geometric translation circuit into a series of block starting offsets and block sizes, and, in a second layer, a block grouping circuit configured to allow grouping of blocks in the second layer while preserving spatial data locality when splits of spatial-temporal information occur in the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Raghu Kiran Ganti, Shen Li, Mudhakar Srivatsa
  • Patent number: 10073858
    Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein provide systems and methods for tuning and sizing one or more storage appliances in a storage system with respect to an application load and for optimizing a storage system based on a configuration of a client network and/or a storage appliance in a storage network. In one implementation, data corresponding to an application load configured to be applied to a storage appliance in the storage system is obtained. The application load is characterized in the context of a configuration of the storage system. One or more recommendations for optimizing performance of the storage system based on the characterized application load are generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Michael J. Baranowsky
  • Patent number: 10037538
    Abstract: Social networking system users generate news stories including a link to news content external to the social networking system. The news stories may be filtered based on filter criteria allowing a viewing user to more easily identify news stories of interest. For example, the news stories may be filtered to identify news stories associated with a user connected to the viewing user, to identify news stories associated with a news source, to identify news stories associated with a key word, or based on previous interactions by the viewing user. The identified news stories may be ranked based on popularity of the identified news stories among other users, chronological data, and the viewing user's own interest and activity associated with a news source or news story.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Adrian A. Graham
  • Patent number: 10031953
    Abstract: A server receives a query identifying one or more attributes of an entity. The server accesses a set of candidate templates for answering the query based on the one or more attributes of the entity, each candidate template having one or more fields, wherein each field is associated with at least one constraint. The server obtains a set of information that answers the query and selects a template from the set of candidate templates, where the selected template has a maximum number of fields with constraints that are satisfied by the set of information. The server then generates a phrase by adding the set of information to the one or more fields of the selected template, such that the phrase comprises an answer to the query. Finally, the server communicates the phrase to a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Engin Cinar Sahin, Vinicius J. Fortuna, Emma S. Persky
  • Patent number: 10031672
    Abstract: A deduplication storage system with snapshot and clone capability includes storing logical pointer objects and organizing a first set of the logical pointer objects into a hierarchical structure. A second set of the logical pointer objects may be associated with corresponding logical data blocks of a client data object. The second set of the logical pointer objects may point to physical data blocks having deduplicated data that comprise data of the corresponding logical data blocks. Some of the logical pointer objects in the first set may point to the logical pointer objects in the second set, so that the hierarchical structure represents the client data object. A root of the hierarchical structure may be associated with the client data object. A snapshot or clone may be created by making a copy of the root and associating the copied root with the snapshot or clone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: VMWARE, INC
    Inventors: Wenguang Wang, Radu Berinde, Christos Karamanolis, Jorge Guerra Delgado, Srinath Premachandran
  • Patent number: 10007697
    Abstract: A location search device is provided. The location search device includes a storage in which character string information indicative of a location is divided into three or more search hierarchical levels according to units of division of the search hierarchical levels. The location search device searches for a location by references the character string information in a predefined search sequence of search hierarchical levels to sequentially identify a division on each search hierarchical level based on a character string input from a user. When the location search device accepts a user input designating a search hierarchical level that is reached by moving backward the predefined search sequence of the search hierarchical levels, the location search device regresses to the designated search hierarchical level and re-identify a division.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Erika Taguchi
  • Patent number: 10007935
    Abstract: The information processing system according to one embodiment includes a specifying unit and an extraction unit. The specifying unit specifies a content word co-occurring with onomatopoeia in one review among a plurality of posted reviews stored in a storage unit. The extraction unit extracts a posted sentence containing the content word from the plurality of posted reviews. In general, posted sentences or posted reviews containing onomatopoeia are likely to include users' actual experiences. By extracting the posted sentences that contain the content word which is likely to co-occur with onomatopoeia, it is possible to effectively extract the posted sentences on which users' actual experiences are written.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Keiji Shinzato
  • Patent number: 9996464
    Abstract: Managing a cache includes determining from metadata of a received service request whether a cache data response may satisfy the request as a function of recognizing a cacheable method name specification within request metadata by a service provider associated with the request, and determining whether the request is an inquiry in order to decide if the request may be satisfied by the cached data. Aspects also include searching the cache for the data response if determined the data is cacheable and the request is an inquiry, and sending the request on to a service provider if the data response is not a cacheable response, or the request is an update request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Miyajima, Masaru Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9990380
    Abstract: The invention includes an algorithmic method for dynamically computing complex relationships among objects of an underlying functional system. The invention includes a method to algorithmically determine a set of functional locations in n-dimensional functional space of a set of elements of a functional system by electronically representing a set of data entities in a database system, the database system comprising a logical data model for structuring data sets from which functional information can be derived, using the logical data model to associate a set of characteristics with a reference point in the functional information system, selecting a functional positioning algorithm, and wherein the functional positioning algorithm executes a set of steps that takes as input a set of characteristics and returns as output a set of locations in n-dimensional functional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Locus LP
    Inventors: Rory Riggs, Elizabeth Bowling, James Breitmeyer, Jonathan Chandler, Vin Harng Chew, Barry Fox, Daniel Goldman, Lauren Hsu, Richard Kahn, Diana McKeage, Sean Sandys, Christopher Silkworth, Amy Whitaker
  • Patent number: 9984083
    Abstract: A method, article of manufacture, and apparatus for managing data. In some embodiments, this includes receiving a query from a client, based on the received query, analyzing a catalog for location information, based on the analysis, determining a first storage system, an associated first file system, an associated first protocol translator, a second storage system, an associated second file system, and an associated second protocol translator, identifying a first data and a second data, wherein the first data is stored on the first storage system, and the second data is stored on the second storage system, running a first job on the first data using the associated first protocol translator, wherein the first job is not a native job of the first file system, and running a second job on the second data using the associated second protocol translator, wherein the second job is not a native job of the second file system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Sameer Tiwari, Milind Arun Bhandarkar, Bhooshan Deepak Mogal