Operations Research Or Analysis Patents (Class 705/7.11)
  • Patent number: 10048999
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for optimizing recovery of a single-disk failure, including the following steps: obtaining, according to current load information, an amount of data expected to be read and an allowed number of iterations; obtaining a recovery optimization policy for failed data in each single stripe, and combining an initial recovery policy for multiple stripes; and further optimizing the initial recovery policy by using a greedy algorithm based on tabu search, subject to the amount of data expected to be read and the allowed number of iterations, to finally obtain an optimal recovery policy with a smallest quantity of seeks. The optimization method of the present invention reduces the amount of data to be read and the quantity of seek operations, and improves the efficiency of recovering a single-disk failure. The present invention further discloses an apparatus for optimizing recovery of a single-disk failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Jiwu Shu, Zhirong Shen
  • Patent number: 10043150
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for shipping management. The computer implemented method commences upon identifying a set of orders to be shipped from a source region to a destination region using a transportation network, and determining candidate options for performing stops over possible routes between the source region and the destination region. A clustering analysis process is performed over the candidate options such that the clustering analysis considers many order consolidation possibilities while observing timing constraints. Low-cost options from among the candidate options are considered to identify one or more low-cost options, and a multi-stop route plan is generated to correspond to a selected low-cost option. The orders are shipped in accordance with the multi-stop route plan, and in accordance with the corresponding consolidation of the set of orders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sundararajan Arunapuram
  • Patent number: 10033749
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and program product are provided for protecting a network from intrusions. An offending packet communicated by an offending host coupled to a protected network is detected. In response to the detection, a blocking instruction is returned to the offending host to initiate an intrusion protection operation on the offending host, where the blocking instruction inhibits further transmission of offending packets by the offending host. At the offending host, a blocking instruction is received with a portion of an offending packet. The offending host verifies that the offending packet originated from the host. In response to the verification of the offending packet originating from the host, an intrusion protection operation is initiated on the host thereby inhibiting transmission of a subsequent outbound offending packet by the host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Adam Thomas Clark, Christopher Thomas Gloe, Daniel Paul Kolz, Kathryn Ann Tri
  • Patent number: 10019537
    Abstract: A method for auto-generation of tags and retrieval of data form a graph-based database. A triplestore is a purpose-built database for the storage and retrieval of triples, a triple being a data entity (also known as a statement) composed of Subject-Predicate-Object. A triplestore is optimized for the storage and retrieval of triples. A query language is used for accessing to triples stored in the triplestore. A search items need to be tagged for search and retrieval. The number of tags increases as the amount of data increases. Stored data changes over time, so the old tags are deleted or replaced by the new tags. A large number of new tags must be created. The tags (i.e., autotags) are created automatically to facilitate efficient data retrieval from the triplestore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Comindware Ltd.
    Inventors: Maxim V. Tsypliaev, Peter A. Volynskiy
  • Patent number: 10007889
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for enterprise software application modules for order consolidation management. The method commences by receiving a set of orders where individual orders have one or more order constraints, then mapping the orders onto one or more transportation legs, where the individual transportation legs have leg constraints. A set of feasible paths through the legs for the orders is generated and ranked based on a total cost through the legs to pick-up an order from a source location and deliver it to a destination location. The method continues by determining a set of shortest paths through a transportation network for the set of orders, wherein the determination of any one of the shortest paths is made subject to honoring respective order constraints while concurrently honoring the leg constraints. The orders are then remapped onto one of the shortest paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sundararajan Arunapuram, Thomas Kaeppel Payne Tsukada, Albert Charles Drummond, Jr., Yun Wang
  • Patent number: 10007683
    Abstract: Conditional creation of child nodes based on ancestor node metadata runtime values are described. A system receives, from an end user device, a runtime request to create an instance of a child node in a case model. The system identifies an instance of an ancestor node associated with the instance of the child node. The system identifies a runtime value of metadata associated with the instance of the ancestor node and corresponding to the instance of the child node. The system determines whether the runtime value of the metadata satisfies a condition. The system creates the instance of the child node in response to a determination that the runtime value of the metadata satisfies the condition. The system enables the end user device to access the created child node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: EMC IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Satyapal P. Reddy, Julian Hjortshoj, Ravikumar Meenakshisundaram
  • Patent number: 10007693
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for generating a de-duplicated and subcategory summary search results in response to a search query. A set of original search results and a set of categorical search results may be obtained in response to a search query. The original search results may be relevant to the search query while the categorical search results may be relevant to the search query and a category. The items in the categorical search results may be associated with various subcategories. The duplicate items in the categorical search results and at least a portion of the original search results may be removed from the categorical search results. The repeated instances of each of the subcategories may be removed from the categorical search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cherie Wong, Aaron Wai-Chi Brady, Sunetra Arun Deshpande, Keith David Miller, Ankita Singh, Dominick James Turiano, Peter C. Wong
  • Patent number: 9996608
    Abstract: Generating a compliance framework. The compliance framework facilitates an organization's compliance with multiple authority documents by providing efficient methodologies and refinements to existing technologies, such as providing hierarchical fidelity to the original authority document; separating auditable citations from their context (e.g., prepositions and or informational citations); asset focused citations; SNED and Live values, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Unified Compliance Framework (Network Frontiers)
    Inventor: Dorian J. Cougias
  • Patent number: 9996884
    Abstract: Real-time insurance rates can be generated and presented to a driver—as the rate changes, the change can be shown through an interface. Different factors can be evaluated and based upon a result of the evaluation, the rate can be determined. The determination can be performed locally at a vehicle as well as by an insurance company. A bidding process can be used where different insurance companies supply rates and a user or automated process selects the rate for use—the selected rate is conveyed upon the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Great Lakes Incubator, LLC
    Inventors: Fred Collopy, Craig Allen Nard, Himanshu S. Amin, Gregory Turocy, Patrica Sue Murphy, Ronald Charles Krosky, David Noonan, Gustavo Arnaldo Narvaez, Brian Asquith
  • Patent number: 9990602
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for shipping management. The computer implemented method commences upon receiving a first set of orders to be shipped to a destination region in accordance with a first set of timing constraints, then building a first set of multi-stop shipments, the first set of multi-stop shipments comprising a first multi-stop carrier schedule that satisfies the set of timing constraints. The method waits a calculated duration before receiving a second set of orders to be shipped to the destination region in accordance with a second set of timing constraints. A second set of multi-stop shipments is built, wherein the second set of multi-stop shipments comprises a second multi-stop carrier schedule for at least one stop not included in the first set of multi-stop shipments, and the second multi-stop carrier schedule satisfies both the first set of timing constraints and the second set of timing constraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sundararajan Arunapuram
  • Patent number: 9959412
    Abstract: An online system obtains risk scores determined by a machine learning model for a content item provided by a user of an online system for display to users of the online system, where the risk scores indicate the likelihood of content items violating a content policy. The online system uses the risk scores to determine sampling weights used to select content items for inclusion in a sampled subset of content items. The sampling weights are determined from risk score counts indicating the relative frequency of the obtained risk scores and impression counts indicating the number of times content items have been presented to the users of the online system. The online system presents the selected content items for evaluation by a human reviewer using a quality review interface. Using the results of the quality review, the online system determines quality performance metrics of the machine learning model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Emanuel Alexandre Strauss, John Spencer Beecher-Deighan, Daniel Olmedilla de la Calle
  • Patent number: 9953279
    Abstract: In various implementations, improvement of a business intelligence ecosystem may include analyzing component(s) of a business intelligence ecosystem, identifying candidate improvements, applying at least a portion of candidate improvements, and/or verifying effects of the candidate improvements. Candidate improvements for business intelligence artifact(s), underlying data sources, BI environment configurations, metadata models, and/or computing resources may be analyzed and identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Motio, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance W. Hankins, J. Lynn Moore, Jr., Jeremy D. Siler
  • Patent number: 9953284
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a prioritization of the focus and allocation of available resources and/or funding for due diligence analyses of a variety of candidate projects competing for limited funding are disclosed. Various methods may also determine a confidence level metrics associated with the information and/or estimates associated with the candidate projects. Evolutionary algorithms may be applied to perform multi-objective optimization of objectives based, at least in part, on currently available information and/or estimates associated with the candidate projects. A priority score, for the purpose of allocating due diligence attention and resources to increase confidence levels in assumptions associated with candidate projects, may be determined for a particular project based, at least in part, on the current confidence level associated with that particular project and the percentage of non-dominated projects within which the particular project is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: The Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick L. Smith, Matthew Phillip Ferringer
  • Patent number: 9942703
    Abstract: Systems and methods of using a communication device having location identification technology to manage tracking information of a plurality of users, the method including storing identification information of a plurality of respective users, tracking locations of the users by receiving location information from each of the users' respective communication devices, and displaying the location information along with associated identification information of the users on a display screen of the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Mac Daddy's Legendary Outdoors, LLC
    Inventor: Mac C. Stevens
  • Patent number: 9934295
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein each include at least one of systems, methods, and software for in memory data warehouse planning and broadcasting. Some embodiments include an in memory database having a set of define database table views that provide a virtual data model upon which services execute for various purposes including planning, simulation, and broadcasting of generated reports and other document. These services are executed within a computing environment of the in memory database and can be configured and grouped into applications and processes. Such embodiments eliminate system performance bottlenecks and provide a platform upon which “extreme” application performance can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Siar Sarferaz
  • Patent number: 9928515
    Abstract: A product assortment system includes a crawler obtaining product information from one or more domains and storing the product information in a database. A user interface determines one or more product categories associated with one or more products of a customer. A keyword module determines criteria for associating one or more products of one or more competitors with the product categories. The user interface generates a display indicating overlap of the one or more products of the customer with the one or more products of the competitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Home Depot Product Authority, LLC
    Inventors: Rodrigo Pierzchalski Carvalho, Hajin Choi
  • Patent number: 9921854
    Abstract: An application manager provides anonymized user profile information to third party adaptive software applications. As a result, a software developer may produce a single software application that is adapted to run in a first mode providing full-functionality for use by adults and a second mode providing appropriate privacy and content restrictions for use by children. The mode is selected at run-time based on the anonymized user profile information received from the application manager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Nathan Brent Glissmeyer, Ethan Zane Evans
  • Patent number: 9912523
    Abstract: The formulation of meta-correlation method as a graph based problem is disclosed. The meta-correlation method utilizes one or more correlation techniques, and also captures latent factors critical for the business utility in hand is described. The method also leverages a small example set to bootstrap for the target utility case. The proposed method can easily work for attribute groups of any size, not just attribute groups consisting of pairs of attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Subramanian Shivashankar, Manoj Prasanna Kumar
  • Patent number: 9898471
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for generic source control for orchestration workflows. An example method may include receiving orchestration workflow information from an orchestration workflow engine. The received orchestration workflow information may be in a native file format. The received orchestration workflow information may be converted from a native file format to a predefined format. A request to check in the converted orchestration workflow information may be received, and responsive to receiving the request, the converted orchestration workflow information is stored in a source control system. A request to check out the converted orchestration workflow information may be received from a client computer, and, responsive to receiving the request, orchestration workflow change information may be generated, which indicate changes that have been made to the orchestration workflow information. The orchestration workflow change information may be sent to the client computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: VCE IP Holding LLC
    Inventors: Peng Liu, Richard Kirchhofer, Michael Tan, Gilbert Lau
  • Patent number: 9886467
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating and using a workflow template for analyzing data entities stored in the one or more databases. After a desired workflow is identified, one or more series, data source, and/or entity restrictions based upon the workflow may be received. In addition, one or more chart configuration settings based upon the workflow may also be received. The restrictions and configuration settings may be saved as the workflow template. The workflow may then be performed by loading the saved workflow template, in order to automatically generate charts in accordance with the configuration settings of the template, based upon a received selection of series, data sources, and entities that adheres to the restrictions defined in the template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: PLANTIR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Feridun Arda Kara, Bianca Rahill-Marier, Vincent Iadevaia, Breanna Bunge, Alexander Ryan, Brian Lee, Simone Schaffer, Cihat Imamoglu
  • Patent number: 9886480
    Abstract: A method and system for managing credibility of a set of search results for a search query is disclosed. The method can include determining, by a natural language processing technique configured to analyze a portion of the set of search results and a portion of the search query, a credibility factor configured to indicate similarity to a subject matter of the search query. The method can also include establishing a relevance relationship between the credibility factor and source information of a first search result of the set of search results, wherein the source information is based on the credibility factor. The method may also include computing a credibility score for the first search result of the set of search results based on the relevance relationship between the credibility factor and the source information of the set of search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Robert E. Loredo, Fang Lu
  • Patent number: 9875098
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for extracting a business rule embedded in an application source code. The method comprises creating a call structure of one or more programs present in the application source code by performing a control flow analysis on the application source code. The method further comprises recognizing one or more parent programs and one or more child programs for a parent program. The method further comprises grouping the parent program and the one or more child programs into a group. Also, the method comprises identifying one or more conditional statements. The one or more conditional statements comprise the business rule. The one or more conditional statements are identified by comparing the plurality of conditional statements with pre-defined patterns identified from the application source code, and determining a conditional statement comparing a variable with a hard-coded value. The method further comprises mapping the one or more conditional statements with the business rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Tamildurai Mehalingam, Sangeetha Ramasamy, Navaneetha Krishnan Santhana Krishnan, Marimuthu Vadivel, Kumaran Annamalai
  • Patent number: 9871883
    Abstract: The description relates to opportunity events. One example can filter events based upon at least one parameter from a profile of a user. The filtering can produce potential opportunity events for the user. The example can compare the potential opportunity events to the user profile utilizing a similarity threshold such that the potential opportunity events that satisfy the similarity threshold are considered opportunity events. The example can rank the opportunity events by confidence level of matching the user profile. The example can also automatically populate high ranking individual opportunity events onto a calendar of the user. The example can further notify the user about the automatically populating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Denis Possing, Gail Giacobbe, Jane Kim, Ruth Kikin-Gil, Bojana Ostojic
  • Patent number: 9870202
    Abstract: A method includes identifying a plurality of consumption layer objects, at least two of the plurality of consumption layer objects being associated with a different framework and each of the plurality of consumption layer objects include a plurality of business objects, generating a plurality of interface objects each corresponding to a framework, each of the plurality of interface objects being configured to translate each of the business objects to a common intermediate representation, associating metadata with the plurality of interface objects, and associating a runtime interface with the plurality of interface objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Marcel Hermanns
  • Patent number: 9851870
    Abstract: A processor implemented method and system are disclosed. The method includes generating, based on geographical data and associated video data, a geo-located path having an interactive segment representative of the associated video data. The width of the interactive segment may be adjusted based on the geographical data and time data. A timeline, based on the geographical data and the time data, is generated. The geo-located path is displayed with the interactive segment. The timeline is displayed in response to a selection of the interactive segment. A representation of the video data is displayed in response to the selection of the interactive segment. The representation of the video data is associated with the selected interactive segment. The representation of the video data and the timeline are selectable for time-based navigation through the representation of the video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Michael P. Sica, Jason Dudash
  • Patent number: 9843487
    Abstract: Described herein is a system and method for provisioning or controlling services using a hybrid service management engine (SME) plugin. In accordance with an embodiment, SMEs provide a means by which service types can be plugged into a cloud environment. For example, an SME can control a service-specific lifecycle, including provisioning, management, and monitoring of a service type. In accordance with an embodiment, an SME plugin associated with a service type can extend a hybrid SME plugin, to delegate one or more lifecycle operations to be controlled with shell or other scripts. Since a service provider can be associated with an SME that is used for the lifecycle and configuration of its services, the use of a hybrid SME plugin allows shell scripts to be leveraged to assist in the provisioning and control of those services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rajiv Mordani, Abhijit Kumar, Nazrul Islam, Byron Nevins, Chanda Rani Patel
  • Patent number: 9836713
    Abstract: A business process modeling framework is used for data quality analysis. The modeling framework represents the sources of transactions entering the information processing system, the various tasks within the process that manipulate or transform these transactions, and the data repositories in which the transactions are stored or aggregated. A subset of these tasks is associated as the potential error introduction sources, and the rate and magnitude of various error classes at each such task are probabilistically modeled. This model can be used to predict how changes in transactions volumes and business processes impact data quality at the aggregate level in the data repositories. The model can also account for the presence of error correcting controls and assess how the placement and effectiveness of these controls alter the propagation and aggregation of errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sugato Bagchi, Xue Bai, Jayant Kalagnanam
  • Patent number: 9830638
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for managing vendor inventory information and shopping navigation routes based upon shopping list contents. A server computer can execute a shopping management service. A shopping list is obtained at the server computer. The server computer obtains location data indicating a geographic location of the user device and identifies, based upon the location data, a vendor having an inventory comprising the item. The server computer generates a navigation route comprising a stop at a vendor location associated with the vendor, and provides the navigation route to the user device. The server computer can monitor purchases of items on the shopping list, update the shopping list, and update the navigation route. The server computer also can provide suggestions to the user device based upon items in the shopping list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: John P. Ruckart, Giuseppe Di Fabbrizio, Amanda Joy Stent
  • Patent number: 9811250
    Abstract: As a user's needs change over time, the widgets displayed in a widget display area are altered by the user to better suit the desires of the user. Further, the widgets selected for display can be configured as desired by the user to display information in different ways. In order to reduce clutter within the widget display area itself, electronic devices can include a user interface that facilitates ease of accessing, adding, removing, and configuring the widget display area and the widgets therein as desired by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: John O. Louch
  • Patent number: 9798449
    Abstract: A user may provide input to search an existing visualization (e.g., bar chart, graph) of a dataset returned in response to database querying. A highlighted visualization may then provide additional insight into relationships within the dataset. The highlighting may comprise changes to the appearance (e.g., size, color, background) of visualization elements. The search and highlighting may be executed by a functional module in an application layer of a local client in communication with database on a remote server. A search engine of the functional module may perform searching of dimension names, dimension values, and measure names within the dataset, identifying particular elements of the data set that are relevant to a search term (e.g., “q1”). Based upon recognition of relevant dataset data, a visualization engine may highlight particular elements of the visualization (e.g., changing an appearance of vertical bars showing first quarter revenue relative to vertical bars for other quarters).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: BUSINESS OBJECTS SOFTWARE LTD.
    Inventors: Qiurong Huang, Jinming Zhang
  • Patent number: 9779370
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a system for detecting anomalous correlations between public and private activities of a user. During operation, the system collects public and private activity data associated with the user. The system generates a series of feature pairs, each feature pair including a public feature vector and a private feature vector generated from the activity data. Each respective feature pair corresponds to a respective point in time. The system generates a model to determine whether there is an anomaly in a correlation between the user's public and private activity data. The model is associated with a normal correlation between the user's public and private activity data over a period of time. The system collects additional public and private activity data and applies the model to determine whether there is an anomaly. The system may issue an alert in response to detecting an anomaly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jianqiang Shen, Oliver Brdiczka
  • Patent number: 9774567
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system, to a server apparatus, to a terminal apparatus, and to a recording medium for generating a user affinity-based address book, and to a method for generating a user affinity-based address book, which support a user so that the user may intuitively recognize an affinity with a number of other users whose contact information is registered in the address book of the user. The invention is implemented such that: that information on a user's address book is provided; the result of a determination on whether or not the same contact number is shared between the user address book and an address book of each person whose contact information is registered, and the duration and frequency of talks between the user and each person whose contact information is registered; and information on a social address book is generated based on the determined affinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: SK Planet Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiwon Kwak, Eun Bok Lee, In Seong Hwang
  • Patent number: 9760899
    Abstract: New and improved methods and systems for modeling the performance of selected company metrics. Multiple, non-traditional sets of objective data along with mathematical analytical techniques are used to provide transparency and visibility into company performance relating to the particular metrics. Company inflection points and changes in strategy may be identified. The performance of a company and/or the performance of a selected industry or industry sector may be analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: M SCIENCE LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Berkman, Seth Goldstein, Justin A. Jones
  • Patent number: 9747345
    Abstract: A graph database system is used to determine relationships between persons. The graph database system manages relationship data records having a compact data structure stored at a relationship database and accessed to find links or common relationships. For determining relationships between two people, the relationship records in the relationship paths for those two people are alternatively accessed and compared it to each other. Relationship records may include an identifier for a person having a relationship to a given individual, a relationship type, and a weight reflecting the confidence level or quality of the relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Ancestry.com Operations Inc.
    Inventor: Tyler S. Jensen
  • Patent number: 9736303
    Abstract: Technologies are disclosed for determining a best time to contact a party over a plurality of contact periods of time to achieve at least one of a desired outcome and a desired result. In various embodiments, the party has multiple contact types that can be utilized to contact the party. Accordingly, an optimal contact type for the party for each contact period is selected that identifies the contact type with a probability having the highest likelihood of achieving at least one of the desired outcome and the desired result by utilizing the contact type to contact the party during the contact period. A best time to contact the party is then identified as one of the contact periods based on the optimal contact types selected for the party for each contact period and associated probabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Noble Systems Corporation
    Inventors: James K. Noble, Jr., Christopher S. Haggerty
  • Patent number: 9727883
    Abstract: Machine-implemented methods and computer systems are disclosed for determining a collective outcome for a survey from a plurality of potential outcomes. Each outcome is a particular combination of options. Each survey participant ranks the options to develop an influent function. For each participant, the influent function is applied to each potential outcome to determine a satisfaction score for the outcome. A collective dissonance score is calculated based on the participants' satisfaction scores for the potential outcome. The potential outcomes are ordered based on a weighted combination of the satisfaction scores and the collective dissonance score for each of the potential outcomes. In particular embodiments, the methods and systems aim to determine a collective outcome that achieves greatest satisfaction and minimizes dissonance among the participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: John Richardson
  • Patent number: 9697352
    Abstract: A computer-implemented incident response management system, and corresponding method in which an incident response application is provided having a user interface; at least one central processing unit; an operating system and a database communicably coupled to said incident response application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: LOGICALLY SECURE LIMITED
    Inventor: Stephen Armstrong
  • Patent number: 9697469
    Abstract: A method and system for making financial or medical decisions. The method comprises training sets of models using classification training with sets of data derived from segregated data sources. Overall weighting of each model within the sets of models are determined for each of the sub-datasets. The sets of models, the overall weighting of each model and a number of examples provided from the data for each of the datasets are transmitted to a central server over a communication network, wherein the central server is configured to determine the relative weights of each of the sets of models in the overall ensemble model based on the number of examples, combine the sets of models, receive new application data, and predict at least one of outcome variables, an uncertainty factor for the variables, and drivers of the outcome variables based on the new application data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventors: Andrew McMahon, Lawrence Wong, Matthew Burriesci, Martin Lee, Bo Han
  • Patent number: 9686298
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and program product are provided for protecting a network from intrusions. An offending packet communicated by an offending host coupled to a protected network is detected. In response to the detection, a blocking instruction is returned to the offending host to initiate an intrusion protection operation on the offending host, where the blocking instruction inhibits further transmission of offending packets by the offending host. At the offending host, a blocking instruction is received with a portion of an offending packet. The offending host verifies that the offending packet originated from the host. In response to the verification of the offending packet originating from the host, an intrusion protection operation is initiated on the host thereby inhibiting transmission of a subsequent outbound offending packet by the host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Adam Thomas Clark, Christopher Thomas Gloe, Daniel Paul Kolz, Kathryn Ann Tri
  • Patent number: 9684908
    Abstract: A content item presented to a user may involve two or more topics, such as news articles mentioning athletes or actors. Users may enjoy expressing opinions about a comparison of the topics, such as personal preferences or an evaluation of talent. Presented herein are techniques for automatically generating, for the content item, a poll among the topics of the content item. The respective comparisons of a comparison set are evaluated for the topics of the content item, and a comparison relevance score is computed identifying the relevance of the comparison of the topics. The comparison having the highest relevance for the topics is selected, and a comparison question is formulated and presented to the user with the content item. Results may be tabulated and presented for the topics of the content item. These techniques facilitate user expression about the content item without depending upon user-authored polls for each content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO!, INC.
    Inventors: Oleg Rokhlenko, Idan Szpektor
  • Patent number: 9684905
    Abstract: Systems and methods for verifying data including income and employment, assets, healthcare claims, clinical data, and other types of data subject to various regulatory and/or privacy restrictions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Experian Information Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Haller, Mark Hirn, Christer Dichiara
  • Patent number: 9680958
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel base station that has a layer 1-3 protocol stack to control and process incoming/outgoing flows with user equipment (UE) and a Random Access Network (RAN) hypervisor virtualizing one or more instances, each instance corresponding to an active profile associated with the base station. Each such instance is associated with a given profile comprising: (1) an admission control module, (2) a handoff control module, and (3) a scheduling module. Also provided is a controller having: (1) an interface to communicate over a network with such base stations over a communication protocol to send the details of new profiles or modifications of existing profiles to such base stations, (2) a profile management application managing a database of a plurality of active profiles associated with the one or more base stations, and (3) a controller operating system that ensures that no two active profiles in said profile management application create conflicts in any of the one or more base stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: NETSIA, INC.
    Inventor: Mehmet Oguz Sunay
  • Patent number: 9665844
    Abstract: A computer system can analyze a set of prioritization scores corresponding to respective scored entities and developed from criteria comparison matrices that compare how well pairs of scored entities match respective criteria. The set of prioritization scores can be retrieved from a database. The computer system can determine a numerical difference between a first prioritization score of a scored entity and a threshold prioritization score. A plurality of state changes to the criteria comparison matrices can be used to determine corresponding changes to the first prioritization score. Based upon a comparison between the changes to the first prioritization score and the numerical difference, a subset of the plurality of state changes can be selected. An electronic recommendation message can be generated from a set of criteria for improving the prioritization score for the at least one scored entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Karthikeyan Dakshinamurthy
  • Patent number: 9659225
    Abstract: A “Food Logger” provides various approaches for learning or training one or more image-based models (referred to herein as “meal models”) of nutritional content of meals. This training is based on one or more datasets of images of meals in combination with “meal features” that describe various parameters of the meal. Examples of meal features include, but are not limited to, food type, meal contents, portion size, nutritional content (e.g., calories, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein, salt, etc.), food source (e.g., specific restaurants or restaurant chains, grocery stores, particular pre-packaged foods, school meals, meals prepared at home, etc.). Given the trained models, the Food Logger automatically provides estimates of nutritional information based on automated recognition of new images of meals provided by (or for) the user. This nutritional information is then used to enable a wide range of user-centric interactions relating to food consumed by individual users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Neel Suresh Joshi, Siddharth Khullar, T Scott Saponas, Daniel Morris, Oscar Beijbom
  • Patent number: 9659302
    Abstract: A recommendation method includes providing an ontology database, in which the ontology database includes a plurality of entities, and the entities are arranged in an ontology hierarchy structure with N hierarchy levels; storing a plurality of jth level user data respectively corresponding to a plurality of users; generating a plurality of kth level user data according to the jth level user data respectively; clustering the kth level user data; and recommending the entities in the ontology database to the users according to a clustering result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: INSTITUTE FOR INFORMATION INDUSTRY
    Inventors: Meng-Jung Shih, Ping-I Chen, Tai-Chun Wang, Zon-Yin Shae
  • Patent number: 9646396
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for representing non-numerical data objects in an object time series. An object time series of can be created by establishing one or more associations, each association including a mapping of at least one point in time with one or more objects that include properties and values. Visual representation of an object time series may include displaying non-numerical values associated with objects in the object time series in association with respective points in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Palantir Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Tilak Sharma, Steve Chuang, Rico Chiu, Andrew Shi, Lindsay Canfield, Adit Kumar
  • Patent number: 9646262
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer program products are presented for performing data analytics using machine learning. An unsupervised learning module is configured to assemble an unstructured data set into multiple versions of an organized data set. A supervised learning module is configured to generate one or more machine learning ensembles based on each version of multiple versions of an organized data set and to determine which machine learning ensemble exhibits a highest predictive performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: PUREPREDICTIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Kelly D. Phillipps, Richard W. Wellman, Sardar Monzurur Rahman, Matthew B. Phillipps
  • Patent number: 9639849
    Abstract: A method of allocating shelves includes obtaining shopping paths of customers in a supermarket, classifying the plurality of customers into a plurality of customer classes based on the shopping paths of the plurality of customers, determining one or more shopping paths adopted by more customers in the plurality of customer classes as frequent shopping paths of a class of customers of the plurality of customer classes, calculating a see-buy rate of a commodity for each of the plurality of customer classes based on shopping lists and the frequent shopping paths of the plurality of customers, calculating a location for a set of commodities when total expected benefits for the set of commodities are maximized during a certain period of time. The total expected benefits include a sum of an expected benefit for each commodity in the set of commodities based on the see-buy rate and the frequent shopping paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hong Bo Li, Wei Wang, Hong Wei Ding, Jin Dong
  • Patent number: 9632770
    Abstract: A system and method for hosting and publishing software packages is disclosed. An example method includes receiving and storing artifacts related to a software development kit and metadata describing a version of the software development kit. The received artifacts and metadata may be converted into a package for the software development kit. The package may then be staged and the package's dependencies may be checked to ensure that the package's dependencies exist and that there are no conflicts with another staged package. The currently staged packages may then be tested to determine if there are any incompatibilities among the staged packages and access control information may be used to provide the currently staged packages in a common format to the appropriate users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan James Harrison, Divam Jain, Wesley Tarle, Benoit St-Pierre
  • Patent number: 9626251
    Abstract: A method of for system management, comprising initiating a workflow operating on a processor. Initiating a sub-workflow operating on the processor from the workflow. Electronically reading state data for one or more resources designated by the sub-workflow prior to performing a first logical process of the sub-workflow. Storing the state data in a non-transient data memory. Performing logical processes associated with the sub-workflow using the processor. Restoring the state data for the one or more resources if it is determined that an error has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS L.P.
    Inventors: Kevin S. Borden, Andrew T. Miller, Michael D. Condon, Aaron Merkin, Gavin D. Scott