Patents by Inventor Ryen William White

Ryen William White has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20130132357
    Abstract: Embodiment described herein are generally directed to a toolbar extension of a web browser that grabs a user's search engine query and suggests a refined search query known to yield better search results. The toolbar recognizes the web page the user is on as being associated with a search engine and retrieves the user's search query. The toolbar interacts with a refinement component on a server, and the refinement component determines a refined search query based on confidence scores assigned to data mined from a data center affiliated with different search engine (one related to the toolbar). The refined search query is returned and displayed in a search field of the toolbar, allowing the user to easily run the refined search on the different search engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: TIMOTHY EDGAR, AMBARISH CHITNIS, RYEN WILLIAM WHITE, PAVEL DMITRIEV, RAJANIKANTH AGEERU, OVIDIU DAN, LIN TANG
  • Publication number: 20130124496
    Abstract: A toolbar extension of a web browser suggests a user try searching a different search engine than the one on which the user has just conducted a search. The toolbar detects the user is frustrated with the search results returned by the search engine by monitoring a number of session heuristics. Analyzing historical user session, log, and click data of other users who have submitted the search query to different search engines, a different search engine is selected that has historically generated better search results. A suggestion is then presented to the user to run the search query in the more effective search engine. Such a suggestion may be presented in a number of ways, but one embodiment displays a window next to the text field of the toolbar and provides a link to conduct a search for the search query in the more effective search engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: TIMOTHY EDGAR, AMBARISH CHITNIS, RYEN WILLIAM WHITE, PAVEL DMITRIEV, RAJANIKANTH AGEERU, OVIDIU DAN, LIN TANG
  • Publication number: 20120271811
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject matter described herein relate to predicting and using search engine switching behavior. In aspects, switching components receive a representation of user interactions with at least one browser. The switching components derive information from the representation that is useful in predicting whether a user will switch search engines. The derived information and information about a user's current interaction with a browser is then used by a switch predictor to predict whether the user will switch search engines. This prediction may be used in a variety of ways examples of which are given herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Allison P. Heath, Ryen William White, Christopher J.C. Burges, Eric David Brill, Robert L. Rounthwaite
  • Patent number: 8185484
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject matter described herein relate to predicting and using search engine switching behavior. In aspects, switching components receive a representation of user interactions with at least one browser. The switching components derive information from the representation that is useful in predicting whether a user will switch search engines. The derived information and information about a user's current interaction with a browser is then used by a switch predictor to predict whether the user will switch search engines. This prediction may be used in a variety of ways examples of which are given herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Allison P Heath, Ryen William White, Christopher J. C. Burges, Eric David Brill, Robert L Rounthwaite
  • Publication number: 20110238648
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject matter described herein relate to predicting and using search engine switching behavior. In aspects, switching components receive a representation of user interactions with at least one browser. The switching components derive information from the representation that is useful in predicting whether a user will switch search engines. The derived information and information about a user's current interaction with a browser is then used by a switch predictor to predict whether the user will switch search engines. This prediction may be used in a variety of ways examples of which are given herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Allison P. Heath, Ryen William White, Christopher J.C. Burges, Eric David Brill, Robert L. Rounthwaite
  • Patent number: 7996400
    Abstract: A search expertise level system and method for determining a search expertise level of a search engine user and then using that information to improve the searcher's experience. The search expertise level system and method identifies the search expertise level of the searcher based on query behavior, post-query browsing behavior, and other behaviors of the searcher. One simple and important behavior that indicates a skilled searcher is the use of advanced query syntax and operators in the query. Once the search expertise level of a searcher is known, the search engine user interface can be modified and tailored to the needs of both skilled and novice searchers. The search expertise level also can be used to rank search results, such that search results for a novice searcher are ranked differently than those for a skilled searcher. The search expertise level also can be used in advertising and marketing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Scott Morris, Ryen William White
  • Patent number: 7984000
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject matter described herein relate to predicting and using search engine switching behavior. In aspects, switching components receive a representation of user interactions with at least one browser. The switching components derive information from the representation that is useful in predicting whether a user will switch search engines. The derived information and information about a user's current interaction with a browser is then used by a switch predictor to predict whether the user will switch search engines. This prediction may be used in a variety of ways examples of which are given herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Allison P Heath, Ryen William White, Christopher J. C. Burges, Eric David Brill, Robert L Rounthwaite
  • Publication number: 20110072033
    Abstract: Described is the presenting of suggested queries for web pages that are not search engine results pages, based upon the URL and/or content of a currently displayed page. The suggested query set may be dynamically extracted (locally or remotely) based upon the content of the web page, and/or obtained from a data store of per-URL suggested query sets, e.g., generated from historical logs. Also described are various techniques for generating suggested queries, and user interface mechanisms that display and allow interaction with suggested queries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ryen William White, Robert Rounthwaite, Silviu-Petru Cucerzan
  • Publication number: 20090327224
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject matter described herein relate to predicting a best search engine to use for a given query. In aspects, a predictor may use various approaches to determine a best search engine for a given query. For example, the predictor may use features derived from the query itself, how well the query matches a result set returned by a search engine in response to the query, and/or information that compares the result sets returned by multiple search engines that are provided the query. In addition, other data such as user preferences, user interaction data, metadata attributes, and/or other data may be used in predicting a best search engine for a given query. In conjunction with making a prediction, the predictor may use a classifier that has been trained at a training facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryen William White, Mikhail Bilenko, Matthew R. Richardson
  • Publication number: 20090271228
    Abstract: A system that facilitates targeted advertising is described in detail herein. The system includes a receiver component that receives user data that includes historical searching and browsing activity of a user. A profile generator component generates a user profile based at least in part upon a subset of the user data, wherein the user profile includes a plurality of keywords, wherein at least one keyword in the plurality of keywords is assigned a score that is indicative of a probability that an advertisement corresponding to the keyword will be monetized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mikhail Bilenko, Ryen William White, Matthew Richardson, Geoffrey Craig Murray, Projesh Chowdhary, Hrishikesh Bal, Gerard Gjonej, John S. Sobieski, JianBing Li, Ewa Dominowska
  • Publication number: 20090144262
    Abstract: A search query transformation system and method for transforming and refining a search query are described. Embodiments of the system and method use various graphical components and controls. Direct manipulation ensures that the searcher is driving the changes in the search queries using a pointing device. Embodiments of the search query transformation system and method include a search query re-weighting user interface (UI) component for graphically adjusting and re-weighting weights of search terms, and a search query term replacement UI component for graphically replacing a search term in a query or add a synonym to the query. Embodiments of the system and method also include a search query suggestion component, which provides query revision recommendations to a searcher that are tailored to the direct manipulation query refinement interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ryen William White, Mikhail Bilenko, Robert L. Rounthwaite, Daniel S. Morris
  • Publication number: 20090112781
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject matter described herein relate to predicting and using search engine switching behavior. In aspects, switching components receive a representation of user interactions with at least one browser. The switching components derive information from the representation that is useful in predicting whether a user will switch search engines. The derived information and information about a user's current interaction with a browser is then used by a switch predictor to predict whether the user will switch search engines. This prediction may be used in a variety of ways examples of which are given herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Allison P. Heath, Ryen William White, Christopher J.C. Burges, Eric David Brill, Robert L. Rounthwaite
  • Publication number: 20090006358
    Abstract: A technique for the creation of synthesized results from multi-query searches to provide more relevant information to the user in a more useful format and to discard or reduce in relevancy information that is not so useful. It can determine which queries belong to the search based on parameters in the queries or results. It also provides mechanisms for supporting exploratory searches including: saving/restoring search context; search-specific query history; a “keepers” bin for storing useful results; elimination of redundant results; re-ranking of common search results; integration of searching with navigation; pivoting on search results; collaboration among multiple searchers; user-generated content; generation of hypotheses; re-executing queries and executing standing queries; multi-monitor searching and automatic preparation of search summaries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Scott Morris, Gina Danielle Venolia, Steven M. Drucker, Ryen William White, Meredith June Morris
  • Publication number: 20080319975
    Abstract: A technique for the creation of synthesized results from multi-query searches to provide more relevant information to the user in a more useful format and to discard or reduce in relevancy information that is not so useful. It allows a user to define the boundaries of the exploratory search before it starts or retroactively define which queries belong to the search. It can imply which queries belong to the search based on parameters in the queries or results. It also provides mechanisms for supporting exploratory searches including: saving/restoring search context; search-specific query history; a “keepers” bin for storing useful results; elimination of redundant results; re-ranking of common search results; integration of searching with navigation; pivoting on search results; collaboration among multiple searchers; user-generated content; generation of hypotheses; re-executing queries and executing standing queries; multi-monitor searching and automatic preparation of search summaries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Scott Morris, Meredith June Morris, Gina Danielle Venolia, Ryen William White, Eric Horvitz, Steven M. Drucker
  • Publication number: 20080319976
    Abstract: A search expertise level system and method for determining a search expertise level of a search engine user and then using that information to improve the searcher's experience. The search expertise level system and method identifies the search expertise level of the searcher based on query behavior, post-query browsing behavior, and other behaviors of the searcher. One simple and important behavior that indicates a skilled searcher is the use of advanced query syntax and operators in the query. Once the search expertise level of a searcher is known, the search engine user interface can be modified and tailored to the needs of both skilled and novice searchers. The search expertise level also can be used to rank search results, such that search results for a novice searcher are ranked differently than those for a skilled searcher. The search expertise level also can be used in advertising and marketing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Scott Morris, Ryen William White
  • Publication number: 20080281817
    Abstract: The concept of variability pertains to whether users exhibit consistent search interaction patterns, for example, in terms of interaction flow or information targeted. Methods are provided for analyzing variability, and then adapting search-related functionality (e.g., processes and/or interfaces) to account for variability characteristics, for example, to account for predictable search interaction behavior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ryen William White, Eric Brill, Steven M. Drucker, Christopher J.C. Burges