Patents by Inventor William D. Ramsey

William D. Ramsey 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: 20180239827
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media are provided for permitting users to search the content of a plurality of apps from a single search query input location. A user inputs a search query and a plurality of apps and/or the content thereof is searched to determine relevancy to the input query. If an app having relevant app content is identified, it may be determined if the app is associated with the querying user. If it is determined that the app is associated with the querying user, the information determined relevant to the input query may be presented to the user. If, it is determined that the app is not associated with the user, the user may be presented with the identity of the app and/or be directed to a location (e.g., an app store) where the user can become associated with the identified app and obtain the desired information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: RANGAN MAJUMDER, ELBIO RENATO ABIB, LIWEI CHEN, YU JIAO, WILLIAM D. RAMSEY, NICHOLAS ERIC CRASWELL, BETTY YEE MAN CHENG
  • Patent number: 10013980
    Abstract: A user is allowed to communicate with a chatbot. A menu is provided to the user that includes a list of actions that can be performed by the user. Whenever natural language input asking a question is received from the user, this input is forwarded to the chatbot, a response to this input is received from the chatbot, this response is provided to the user, and the menu is again provided to the user. Whenever natural language input is received from the user requesting an action that is not one of the actions in the menu, this input is forwarded to the chatbot, a response to this input is received from the chatbot, where this response includes another menu that includes a list of subsequent actions that are related to the requested action and can be performed by the user, and this other menu is provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Yuval Pinchas Borsutsky, Keren Damari, William D. Ramsey, Benny Schlesinger, Eldar Cohen
  • Publication number: 20180096686
    Abstract: A user is allowed to communicate with a chatbot. A menu is provided to the user that includes a list of actions that can be performed by the user. Whenever natural language input asking a question is received from the user, this input is forwarded to the chatbot, a response to this input is received from the chatbot, this response is provided to the user, and the menu is again provided to the user. Whenever natural language input is received from the user requesting an action that is not one of the actions in the menu, this input is forwarded to the chatbot, a response to this input is received from the chatbot, where this response includes another menu that includes a list of subsequent actions that are related to the requested action and can be performed by the user, and this other menu is provided to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Yuval Pinchas Borsutsky, Keren Damari, William D. Ramsey, Benny Schlesinger, Eldar Cohen
  • Patent number: 9740735
    Abstract: The insertion and processing of programming language code (e.g., C#) in SQL statements, and the dynamic compiling of the code to detect errors prior to statement execution. The SQL statement with arbitrary programming language code can then be executed concurrently as a query on a computer cluster. External libraries can be imported and the associated functionality leveraged from within a SQL statement. The programming language compiler performs checking at build time, rather than retuning an error during the statement execution against the cluster, a potentially costly proposition in both computing time and human resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: William D. Ramsey, Ronnie I. Chaiken
  • Patent number: 9703868
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media are provided for reconciling query results associated with multiple indices. A search query having a first spelling is received. A plurality of query results is determined, each query result being derived from one of a plurality of indices. At least a first index is associated with a lexicon that is specific to a user computing device and at least a second index is associated with a lexicon that is specific to web-based content. Each query result may be a query result determined based upon the first spelling for the search query, a suggested alternate spelling for the received search query, a query result determined based upon the suggested alternate spelling for the received search query, or a null result. One or more of the query results then is selected as responsive to the received search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: William D. Ramsey
  • Publication number: 20150370896
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media are provided for reconciling query results associated with multiple indices. A search query having a first spelling is received. A plurality of query results is determined, each query result being derived from one of a plurality of indices. At least a first index is associated with a lexicon that is specific to a user computing device and at least a second index is associated with a lexicon that is specific to web-based content. Each query result may be a query result determined based upon the first spelling for the search query, a suggested alternate spelling for the received search query, a query result determined based upon the suggested alternate spelling for the received search query, or a null result. One or more of the query results then is selected as responsive to the received search query.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventor: WILLIAM D. RAMSEY
  • Patent number: 8984012
    Abstract: Embodiment described herein are directed to an enhanced search engine with multiple feedback loops for providing optimal search results that are responsive a user's search query. The user's search query is parsed, and based on the underlying terms, different linguistic models and refinement techniques generate alternative candidate search queries that may yield better results. Searches are performed for the original search query and the candidate search queries, and different scores are used to select the best search results to present to the user. Results making it onto the list, as well as the underlying candidate search query, linguistic model, or refinement technique for generating that search query, will have their corresponding scores updated to reflect their success of generating a search result. Scores are stored and used by future searches to come up with better results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: William D. Ramsey, Benoit Dumoulin, Nicholas Eric Craswell
  • Publication number: 20140379747
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media are provided for permitting users to search the content of a plurality of apps from a single search query input location. A user inputs a search query and a plurality of apps and/or the content thereof is searched to determine relevancy to the input query. If an app having relevant app content is identified, it may be determined if the app is associated with the querying user. If it is determined that the app is associated with the querying user, the information determined relevant to the input query may be presented to the user. If, it is determined that the app is not associated with the user, the user may be presented with the identity of the app and/or be directed to a location (e.g., an app store) where the user can become associated with the identified app and obtain the desired information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: RANGAN MAJUMDER, ELBIO RENATO ABIB, LIWEI CHEN, YU JIAO, WILLIAM D. RAMSEY, NICHOLAS ERIC CRASWELL, BETTY YEE MAN CHENG
  • Patent number: 8706725
    Abstract: Methods are provided for re-ranking documents based on user-specific features. Search results are received from a non-contextual ranking system such that the search results are not specific toward a particular user, such as the user who submitted the search query. Contextual signals are received and provide user-specific features that are used to re-rank documents so that the most important and relevant documents are listed at the top of the list of search results. Each of the user-specific features are evaluated and compared to determine a new position of each document. A set of contextual search results is then generated based on the new positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Peter R. Bailey, Sebastian De La Chica, Aidan Crook, Nikhil B. Dandekar, Daniel R. Schwartz, William D. Ramsey, Nick Craswell
  • Publication number: 20130346400
    Abstract: Embodiment described herein are directed to an enhanced search engine with multiple feedback loops for providing optimal search results that are responsive a user's search query. The user's search query is parsed, and based on the underlying terms, different linguistic models and refinement techniques generate alternative candidate search queries that may yield better results. Searches are performed for the original search query and the candidate search queries, and different scores are used to select the best search results to present to the user. Results making it onto the list, as well as the underlying candidate search query, linguistic model, or refinement technique for generating that search query, will have their corresponding scores updated to reflect their success of generating a search result. Scores are stored and used by future searches to come up with better results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: WILLIAM D. RAMSEY, BENOIT DUMOULIN, NICHOLAS ERIC CRASWELL
  • Patent number: 8577875
    Abstract: Systems and methods for presenting search results ordered, at least in part, based upon indicated user preferences are provided. User preferences for one potential search result over another that are free of position bias are obtained utilizing random relative order interchange of juxtaposed, ranked search results. Upon receipt of a search query, a determination is made to present at least a portion of search results satisfying the received query ordered based on user preferences, whether or not the order coincides with that determined using a ranking algorithm. In this way, presented search results are ordered, at least in part, according to user preferences, thus improving the relevance of the output relative to standard ranking algorithms alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: William D. Ramsey
  • Publication number: 20120239646
    Abstract: Methods are provided for re-ranking documents based on user-specific features. Search results are received from a non-contextual ranking system such that the search results are not specific toward a particular user, such as the user who submitted the search query. Contextual signals are received and provide user-specific features that are used to re-rank documents so that the most important and relevant documents are listed at the top of the list of search results. Each of the user-specific features are evaluated and compared to determine a new position of each document. A set of contextual search results is then generated based on the new positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter R. BAILEY, Sebastian De La CHICA, Aidan CROOK, Nikhil B. DANDEKAR, Daniel R. SCHWARTZ, William D. RAMSEY, Nick CRASWELL
  • Patent number: 8046750
    Abstract: Core commands and aggregations of such commands are provided to programmers to enable them to generate programs that can be parallel-processed without requiring the programmer to be aware of parallel-processing techniques. The core commands and aggregations abstract mechanisms that can be executed in parallel, enabling the programmer to focus on higher-level concepts. The core commands provided include commands for applying a function in parallel and distributing and joining data in parallel. The output of each core command can implement an interface that can enable underlying mechanisms to stitch together multiple core commands in a cohesive manner to perform more complex actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: William D Ramsey, Ronnie I Chaiken
  • Patent number: 8041709
    Abstract: Systems, methods, computer-readable media, and graphical user interfaces for presenting search results having collapsed domains are provided. A search result obtaining module obtains search results based upon a received query. Upon obtaining the search results, search results having the same domain are associated with one another. Thereafter, search result clusters of associated search results are formed. In some embodiments, the search result clusters may be formatted to include desired search result cluster attributes. The search result clusters are presented such that two or more associated search results form a single cluster of search results rather than being presented individually. In some embodiments, an option to view more search results with the same domain may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Pratibha Permandla, Gaurav Sareen, Girish Kumar, Junhua Wang, Rohit V. Wad, William D. Ramsey
  • Patent number: 8027832
    Abstract: A system and methods of language identification of natural language text are presented. The system includes stored expected character counts and variances for a list of characters found in a natural language. Expected character counts and variances are stored for multiple languages to be considered during language identification. At run-time, one or more languages are identified for a text sample based on comparing actual and expected character counts. The present methods can be combined with upstream analyzing of Unicode ranges for characters in the text sample to limit the number of languages considered. Further, n-gram methods can be used in downstream processing to select the most probable language from among the languages identified by the present system and methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: William D. Ramsey, Patricia M. Schmid, Kevin R. Powell
  • Patent number: 7996783
    Abstract: A task framework and a semantic reasoning engine are combined to provide a scalable mechanism for dealing with extremely large numbers of widgets, allowing users to both find a widget and automatically fill-in whatever functionality is available on the widget. Calling applications are employed to obtain task information from each widget. The calling application also receives user queries that can be resolved by a widget. A task reasoning process based on an adaptive semantic reasoning engine utilizes the task information to select a widget best suited to respond to a user's query. The task reasoning process can also be employed to determine “best-guess” slot filling of the selected widget. The calling application can then invoke the selected widget and, if available, fill appropriate slots with information to facilitate user interaction with the selected widget. Instances can be client- and/or server-side based.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: William D. Ramsey, Sanjeev Katariya
  • Patent number: 7933914
    Abstract: A task system and method are provided. The system provides an automated approach for task creation, maintenance and/or execution. The system includes a browser that receives search results and at least one task associated with a query from a search engine. The system further includes a browser helper object that binds to the browser at runtime. The browser helper object provides information associated with a user's action with respect to the search results and/or at least one task. The information can be employed as feedback to update model(s) (e.g., query classification model(s) and/or slot-filling model(s)) of a semantic reasoning component that retrieves task based, at least in part, upon user query(ies).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: William D. Ramsey, Qi Steven Yao, Sanjeev Katariya, Zhanliang Chen
  • Patent number: 7861222
    Abstract: Scripting core commands and aggregations of such commands are provided to script authors to enable them to generate scripts that can be parallel-processed without requiring the author to be aware of parallel-processing techniques. The scripting core commands and aggregations abstract mechanisms that can be executed in parallel, enabling the script author to focus on higher-level concepts. The scripting core commands provided include commands for applying a function in parallel and distributing and joining data in parallel. For added flexibility, one or more scripting core commands can utilize functions written in a different programming language and referenced appropriately in code blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: William D Ramsey, Ronnie I Chaiken
  • Patent number: 7840585
    Abstract: Structured queries, such as those written using the Structured Query Language (SQL) can be an efficient mechanism for expressing the information sought to be obtained from a collection of data. Mechanisms can enable the use of structured queries to express data processing that can be performed in parallel in order to obtain the attendant efficiencies of such processing. The structured queries, whether standing alone or integrated into another programming context, can be translated into an intermediate form that can be compatible with, or equivalent to, the programming context into which they were integrated or some other high-level programming language. The intermediate, translated form can use core commands that abstract mechanisms that can be executed in parallel. The core commands include commands for applying a function in parallel and distributing and joining data in parallel, and also include aggregations of core commands directed to commonly performed functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: William D Ramsey, Ronnie I Chaiken
  • Patent number: 7831585
    Abstract: A task-based advertisement system and method are provided. The system employs high-order concepts (e.g., booking a flight, checking stock quotes etc.) embodied in “task(s)” which can then be bid upon by advertisers. The task(s) employed by the system are based upon a semantic solution to a natural-language query. The system includes a search engine that is capable of serving content in response to user query(ies). The system further includes a task server that can include hardware and/or software to retrieve task(s) in response to user query(ies). The task(s) retrieved by the task server can be presented to advertiser(s) who can bid on the task(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: William D. Ramsey, Sanjeev Katariya