Patents by Inventor Tomasz Imielinski

Tomasz Imielinski 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).

  • Patent number: 9239879
    Abstract: In a method for a direct answer for search, a search query is received over a network, one or more answer candidate snippets for the search query are received, with an answer candidate snippet having at least a portion of content available over the network for an answer candidate, one or more answer entities are determined within a selected answer candidate snippet, a frequency of the one or more answer entities found within the one or more answer candidate snippets for the search query is determined, a confidence score is adjusted for the selected answer candidate in accordance with the frequency of the one or more answer entities found within the one or more answer candidate snippets, and at least one answer candidate snippet is sent for a response to the search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: IAC Search & Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Yufei Pan, Hui Li, Justin Sarma, David Soukal, Alessio Signorini, Apostolos Gerasoulis, Tomasz Imielinski
  • Patent number: 9009127
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for presenting factoids includes receiving a user query concerning an object, providing object information associated with the object for presentation to a user, and providing one or more factoids pertaining to the object for presentation to the user. The factoids are presented independently from the object information, and each of the factoids indicates at least one special characteristic of the object in a distinct area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: IAC Search & Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomasz Imielinski, Rohit Mittal, Scot Gregory Zola
  • Patent number: 8756245
    Abstract: Systems and methods for answering user questions using databases annotated with answerable questions are disclosed. The database includes database items organized into columns. Each of the columns may have a question annotated thereto. The question is a parameterized question that is answerable by the database items in the column. A question answering algorithm is used to search the database for an annotated question corresponding to a question that needs to be answered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: IAC Search & Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomasz Imielinski, Rohit Mittal, Scot Zola, Jay Kumar Goyal
  • Patent number: 8713040
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for increasing query traffic to a web site includes providing initial information pertaining to an initial object for presentation to a user, and providing connection information identifying a logical connection between the initial object and one or more additional objects for presentation to the user. The connection information contains data prompting the user to submit a new query concerning one of the additional objects. The method may further include receiving the new query concerning one of the additional objects, and providing a result of the new query to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: IAC Search & Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomasz Imielinski, Rohit Mittal, Scot Gregory Zola
  • Patent number: 8122042
    Abstract: In a method for a direct answer for search, a search query is received over a network, one or more answer entities are determined from one or more answer candidate snippets, with an answer candidate snippet having at least a portion of content available over the network for an answer candidate, a content identifier is determined for an answer candidate, a title is tokenized for the content identifier, a comparison is performed between a vector of tokens for the title and a vector of the one or more answer entities, an indicator of the relevance is adjusted for the content identifier in accordance with the comparison, and at least one answer candidate snippet is sent for a response to the search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: IAC Search & Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Yufei Pan, Jiankuan Ye, Ming Li, Alessio Signorini, Apostolos Gerasoulis, Tomasz Imielinski
  • Publication number: 20100332499
    Abstract: In a method for a direct answer for search, a search query is received over a network, one or more answer candidate snippets for the search query are received, with an answer candidate snippet having at least a portion of content available over the network for an answer candidate, one or more answer entities are determined within a selected answer candidate snippet, a frequency of the one or more answer entities found within the one or more answer candidate snippets for the search query is determined, a confidence score is adjusted for the selected answer candidate in accordance with the frequency of the one or more answer entities found within the one or more answer candidate snippets, and at least one answer candidate snippet is sent for a response to the search query.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: IAC SEARCH & MEDIA, INC.
    Inventors: Yufei Pan, Hui Li, Justin Sarma, David Soukal, Alessio Signorini, Apostolos Gerasoulis, Tomasz Imielinski
  • Publication number: 20100332500
    Abstract: In a method for a direct answer for search, a search query is received over a network, one or more answer entities are determined from one or more answer candidate snippets, with an answer candidate snippet having at least a portion of content available over the network for an answer candidate, a content identifier is determined for an answer candidate, a title is tokenized for the content identifier, a comparison is performed between a vector of tokens for the title and a vector of the one or more answer entities, an indicator of the relevance is adjusted for the content identifier in accordance with the comparison, and at least one answer candidate snippet is sent for a response to the search query.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: IAC SEARCH & MEDIA, INC.
    Inventors: Yufei Pan, Jiankuan Ye, Ming Li, Alessio Signorini, Apostolos Gerasoulis, Tomasz Imielinski
  • Patent number: 7730395
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for transformation of an electronic document through learning transformation rules during training from the original electronic document using visual user feedback and applying the learned transformation rules to either the original electronic document or a second electronic document having a similar structure as the original document or all future instances of the original electronic document. Accordingly, the transformed document is customized to the user's preference learned during training. Preferably, the transformed document is created in a queriable form. For example, the original electronic document can be defined any type of mark-up language or electronic document generation language, such as Hypertext mark-up language (HTML), extended mark-up language (XML), portable data file (PDF) or Microsoft® Word, and the like and the transformed document is defined in a queriable language such as (XML) views and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventors: Tomasz Imielinski, Vince Sgro, Don Smith
  • Publication number: 20100099496
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of at least in part operating a computer system. A game includes receiving a plurality of rephrases, associating each rephrase with a respective player identification, comparing each rephrase with a threshold, associating a winner with one of the player identifications, the winner being at least in part based on a comparison of the rephrases with the threshold, and declaring the winner. The rephrases of the game are associated with one another on a computer readable medium and can then be used to generate equivalent phrases for a search engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: IAC SEARCH & MEDIA, INC.
    Inventor: Tomasz Imielinski
  • Patent number: 7685130
    Abstract: A method for answering search queries about services is disclosed. The method includes searching a plurality of storage media on a network for a natural language service metastatement. The natural language service metastatement is typically generated by a service provider and describes the services provided by the service provider in detail. The method also includes locating the natural language service metastatement in the storage media and extracting the natural language metastatement from the storage media. The method also includes indexing the natural language metastatement in a service description index. Thus, when a search query for a service is received, the service description index is searched for a natural language service metastatement corresponding to the search query, and the search result is provided in the form of a natural language answer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: IAC Search & Media, Inc.
    Inventor: Tomasz Imielinski
  • Patent number: 7680775
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating query and result-based relevance indexes are provided. For one embodiment, a plurality of queries is received from a plurality of users. Each query of the plurality of queries is measured based on one or more metrics. The measured data of each query is stored. The queries are associated into topical query categories. A performance of a first query category is calculated based on at least one metric of the one or more metrics. A metric data request for a select category is received from a client. Lastly, the stored measured data of the selected category is transmitted to the client in response to the metric data request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: IAC Search & Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Levin, Kaushal Kurapati, Tomasz Imielinski, Apostolos Gerasoulis, Alexandrin Popescul
  • Publication number: 20090228458
    Abstract: A method for answering search queries about services is disclosed. The method includes searching a plurality of storage media on a network for a natural language service metastatement. The natural language service metastatement is typically generated by a service provider and describes the services provided by the service provider in detail. The method also includes locating the natural language service metastatement in the storage media and extracting the natural language metastatement from the storage media. The method also includes indexing the natural language metastatement in a service description index. Thus, when a search query for a service is received, the service description index is searched for a natural language service metastatement corresponding to the search query, and the search result is provided in the form of a natural language answer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: IAC SEARCH & MEDIA, INC.
    Inventor: Tomasz Imielinski
  • Publication number: 20090228457
    Abstract: A method for answering search queries about services is disclosed. The method includes searching a plurality of storage media on a network for a natural language service metastatement. The natural language service metastatement is typically generated by a service provider and describes the services provided by the service provider in detail. The method also includes locating the natural language service metastatement in the storage media and extracting the natural language metastatement from the storage media. The method also includes indexing the natural language metastatement in a service description index. Thus, when a search query for a service is received, the service description index is searched for a natural language service metastatement corresponding to the search query, and the search result is provided in the form of a natural language answer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: IAC SEARCH & MEDIA, INC.
    Inventor: Tomasz Imielinski
  • Publication number: 20090024597
    Abstract: Systems and methods for annotating images with search queries are described. Systems and methods for forming search queries by browsing annotated images are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventor: Tomasz Imielinski
  • Publication number: 20080263003
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for increasing query traffic to a web site includes providing initial information pertaining to an initial object for presentation to a user, and providing connection information identifying a logical connection between the initial object and one or more additional objects for presentation to the user. The connection information contains data prompting the user to submit a new query concerning one of the additional objects. The method may further include receiving the new query concerning one of the additional objects, and providing a result of the new query to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Tomasz Imielinski, Rohit Mittal, Scot Gregory Zola
  • Publication number: 20070192292
    Abstract: A method for answering search queries about services is disclosed. The method includes searching a plurality of storage media on a network for a natural language service metastatement. The natural language service metastatement is typically generated by a service provider and describes the services provided by the service provider in detail. The method also includes locating the natural language service metastatement in the storage media and extracting the natural language metastatement from the storage media. The method also includes indexing the natural language metastatement in a service description index. Thus, when a search query for a service is received, the service description index is searched for a natural language service metastatement corresponding to the search query, and the search result is provided in the form of a natural language answer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Inventor: Tomasz Imielinski
  • Publication number: 20070136234
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating query and result-based relevance indexes are provided. For one embodiment, a plurality of queries is received from a plurality of users. Each query of the plurality of queries is measured based on one or more metrics. The measured data of each query is stored. The queries are associated into topical query categories. A performance of a first query category is calculated based on at least one metric of the one or more metrics. A metric data request for a select category is received from a client. Lastly, the stored measured data of the selected category is transmitted to the client in response to the metric data request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Publication date: June 14, 2007
    Inventors: Alan Levin, Kaushal Kurapati, Tomasz Imielinski, Apostolos Gerasoulis, Alexandrin Popescul
  • Publication number: 20070124289
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method of remotely executing actions in real-time transparent to a user are described. The method includes an execution engine that receives a natural language executable string from a user, identifies a remote entity capable of executing the natural language executable string, sending the executable string to the remote entity to remotely execute an action using information from the executable string, and receiving a result for the user from the remote entity based on the action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Publication date: May 31, 2007
    Inventor: Tomasz Imielinski
  • Publication number: 20070073651
    Abstract: This invention provides a system and method for responding to a user query. An identifier identifies an answer to a user query based on data in one or more structured data collections. A search engine in communication with the identifier searches, based on the answer, a systematically-generated, automatically-updated index of files to identify a file associated with the answer. A ranker in communication with the search engine ranks the identified files. A generator in communication with the search engine generates a response to the query based on a result of the searching. In one application, the system is used to provide an answer portal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Publication date: March 29, 2007
    Inventor: Tomasz Imielinski
  • Publication number: 20070038634
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention, a method for managing the navigation of a visitor to the World Wide Web is provided. A target profile is determined based on a combination of at least two known properties and a navigation path is associated with the target profile. The at least two known properties are related to the at least one of a query, world knowledge, and information about a visitor to the World Wide Web. The visitor may be automatically directed along the navigation path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Publication date: February 15, 2007
    Inventors: Eric Glover, Tomasz Imielinski, Apostolos Gerasoulis