Patents by Inventor William J. Clancey

William J. Clancey 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: 7379908
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of populating row and column cells of an electronic financial statement document containing with formulas and data, and related apparatus. A formula for a cell in a financial statement is generated from a row definition for the row and a column definition for the column of the cell, where the row definition defines a term of the statement and the column definition specifies a period of time. The resulting statement is displayed to a user, and new formula expressions can be generated to reflect changes in the statement. The statement can have three kinds of columns, namely base columns, subtotal columns, and grand total columns. Data in columns of an input database corresponds to a database period of time, and the base columns in the statement have statement period unit. For each base column of the statement, a correspondence to more than one column of the input database can be computed dynamically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Modernsoft, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Clancey, Lee Hecht, Erich A. Helfert, John Wu, Edgar P. Canty
  • Publication number: 20020055952
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of populating row and column cells of an electronic financial statement document containing with formulas and data, and related apparatus. A formula for a cell in a financial statement is generated from a row definition for the row and a column definition for the column of the cell, where the row definition defines a term of the statement and the column definition specifies a period of time. The resulting statement is displayed to a user, and new formula expressions can be generated to reflect changes in the statement. The statement can have three kinds of columns, namely base columns, subtotal columns, and grand total columns. Data in columns of an input database corresponds to a database period of time, and the base columns in the statement have statement period unit. For each base column of the statement, a correspondence to more than one column of the input database can be computed dynamically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2001
    Publication date: May 9, 2002
    Applicant: Modernsoft, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Clancey, Lee Hecht, Erich A. Helfert, John Wu, Edgar P. Canty
  • Patent number: 6292811
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of populating row and column cells of an electronic financial statement document containing with formulas and data, and related apparatus. A formula for a cell in a financial statement is generated from a row definition for the row and a column definition for the column of the cell, where the row definition defines a term of the statement and the column definition specifies a period of time. The resulting statement is displayed to a user, and new formula expressions can be generated to reflect changes in the statement. The statement can have three kinds of columns, namely base columns, subtotal columns, and grand total columns. Data in columns of an input database corresponds to a database period of time, and the base columns in the statement have statement period unit. For each base column of the statement, a correspondence to more than one column of the input database can be computed dynamically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Modernsoft, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Clancey, Lee Hecht, Erich A. Helfert, John Wu, Edgar P. Canty
  • Patent number: 6216098
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for modeling behavior. A computer model includes an agent having one or more beliefs, a world model, and facts. Behavior is modeled by frames including workframes modeling a time-consuming portions of an activity or thoughtframes modeling non-time-consuming portions of an activity or information processing. Detectables model acquisition of, and response to, information during a defined portion of an activity. A detectable tests facts to form beliefs of the agent, which can affect continued performance of the activity. The model is run by selecting for each time one of the frames to be the working frame; maintaining a context of active frames representing activities that are underway at any time; performing the working frame until it completes or another frame is selected to be performed in its place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignees: Institute for Research on Learning, Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Clancey, David M. Torok, Maarten Sierhuis, Ron J. J. van Hoof, Patricia Sachs
  • Patent number: 6134563
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of creating and editing a document containing one or more terms. A knowledge base containing a set of terms with one or more predefined properties including part-of properties relating terms to each other is provided. The one or more predefined properties associated with a user-selected term are identified. Constraints are imposed on user manipulation of the document with respect to the user-selected term in accordance with the one or more identified predefined properties associated with the user-selected term. In a particular implementation, a method of creating and editing a financial document containing one or more financial terms is described. The tasks of creating and editing documents are simplified by the separation of the presentation of information contained in a document from underlying representation of calculations and interrelationships. A user may readily manipulate the content and appearance of domain-specific (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Modernsoft, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Clancey, Lee Hecht, Erich A. Helfert, John Wu, Edgar P. Canty
  • Patent number: 4847784
    Abstract: A knowledge system has a consultation system and also encodes domain-dependent tutoring knowledge as a set of conditions for interrupting the operation of the consultation system in order to evaluate a subject system. During the evaluation, the subject system is probed for its understanding of the status of the consultation system, and its understanding is compared to the actual status to obtain a measure of the subject system's knowledge and performance relative to that of the consultation system. The direction of the probing and the source of information for instruction or diagnosis is based upon the condition causing the interruption of the consultation system. Preferably an authoring system scans the domain-dependent knowledge base of the consultation system and determines a set of possible interrupt conditions. From this set a user exercises judgment in selecting a subset of conditions that are appropriate for the subject domain and the needs of the student.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Assignee: Teknowledge, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Clancey
  • Patent number: 4658370
    Abstract: A tool is used for knowledge engineers for building and interpreting a knowledge base having separate portions encoding control knowledge, factual knowledge, and judgmental rules. The tool has an inference engine applying the judgmental rules according to a built-in control procedure defining discrete states or control steps during a consultation with a user. The control knowledge is encoded in an applicative and imperative language defining control actions to be executed during interruption of the built-in control procedure at specified control steps. Since the control knowledge is explicit and results in the modification of data only in a precisely defined fashion, the tool can be used to build knowledge systems that can always explain their conclusions and reasoning, and that are intelligible and modifiable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1987
    Assignee: Teknowledge, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee D. Erman, William J. Clancey, Philip E. London, A. Carlisle Scott, James S. Bennett, Jay S. Lark