Market Survey Or Market Poll Patents (Class 705/7.32)
  • Patent number: 10019709
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include systems, methods, and computer-program products for anonymizing a user utilizing oblivious transfer. In this way, the invention establishes a common index to identify members of a population sample, anonymizes the identities of sample members to each party, and exchanges statistics and characteristics of the sample population. The invention creates a common searchable index and anonymizes the sample members of the database via encryption of identification of individual customers in each sample. Each encryption provides for a strong encryption with a key and a homomorphic encryption. The homomorphic encryption allows for multiplication and/or addition on ciphertexts that, once decrypted, match the result that would have occurred had the operations been carried out on the plaintext. In some embodiments, the encryption may be either partially- or fully-homomorphic cryptosystems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert L. Abbott, Frederick A. Shahda, Alfred Hamilton, Jason P. Blackhurst
  • Patent number: 9953274
    Abstract: Techniques herein attempt to provide actors with more flexible and satisfactory experiences regarding obtaining tickets for an event. A learning model may identify attributes indicative of whether a particular actor (e.g., attempting to purchase tickets to an event) possesses a desirable characteristic (e.g., is likely to attend the event). Each actor can then be evaluated to estimate whether she is a good actor (possesses the characteristic). If so, favored opportunities may be made available, such as the opportunity to buy high-demand tickets. An actor may further have the opportunity to hold or reserve tickets for a period time, during which other actors cannot purchase them. A fee for holding or reserving tickets (and/or maintaining the hold or reserve) can be dynamically set based on market factors. Opportunities to modify seat assignments to allow a group of friends to sit together may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: David Scarborough, Samuel Levin, John Carnahan, Michael Horowitz, Alexander Hazboun
  • Patent number: 9898745
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods and systems for conducting market research, product research, or advertising research. More particularly, travelers are presented with a product and asked to provide feedback regarding the product by completing a survey. Answers to the survey are entered via an input device. Survey answer data is stored in a storage device along with demographic information relating to the traveler and the data is stored. In exchange for completing product research travelers may receive carrier specific rewards or a discount on the cost of travel. Data collected from travelers is collected and sold to corporate sponsors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey Kantarek
  • Patent number: 9842446
    Abstract: A system for access management is disclosed. 100 A server (100) can receive a request for access to a locking device (140) from a mobile device (110). The server (100) can transmit access credentials to the mobile device (110). The mobile device (110) can transmit, via wireless signal, the access credentials and a lock command for the locking device (140) to a wireless access point (130) capable of communicating with the locking device (140). The wireless access point (130) can transmit the lock command to the locking device (140).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: ONITY INC.
    Inventors: Alberto Vecchiotti, Greg Berry
  • Patent number: 9824369
    Abstract: An online survey platform and process for correlating the bid price offered by a supplier for the completion of an out-of-network survey hosted on the survey platform to one or more intrinsic value indicators of the survey. If the supplier's bid price is less than or equal to the survey budget price set by the buyer, then the routing platform of the present invention will route the supplier's respondent(s) to the survey.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Lucid Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick B. Comer, Karunakaran Sureshkumar, Alex Leger, Vignesh Krishman
  • Patent number: 9799041
    Abstract: A method includes determining a plurality of data points, determining a distance between each data point and each of the other plurality of data points, choosing a first one of the plurality of data points, identifying all of the other plurality of data points within a maximum distance of the chosen data point, repeating steps the previous steps to choose a different one of the plurality of data points until all of the data points have been chosen, identifying one or more clusters each having a predefined minimum number, K, of data points within a predefined search radius and analyzing the one or more clusters with respect to K linkages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Kevin D. Karty, Steven H. Lamoureux, Jenkin Espinosa Lee, Mark Gerard Flynn, Xinyan Chen
  • Patent number: 9792615
    Abstract: Some embodiments may provide a method and a system for receiving, from a first user, a first evaluation indication with respect to a first publication, and in response to receiving the first evaluation indication, automatically initiating a secondary evaluation process comprising automatically selecting a set of publications including at least a second publication; presenting a first user interface affordance to elicit a selection indication indicating a publication from among the set of publications, receiving a selection indication indicating the second publication, and in response to receiving the selection indication, presenting a second user interface affordance to elicit a second evaluation indication with respect to the second publication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Lewis, Rolf Skyberg
  • Patent number: 9788041
    Abstract: Methods and system for generating companion content for rendering on a secondary device during presentation of content on a main device include detecting execution of a local application on the secondary device by a server application. The local application establishes a wireless connection through an application programming interface (API) with the secondary device and a device that interfaces with the main device and accesses metadata defining content being rendered on the main device. The local application transmits the metadata received from the device to the server application. Historical data is generated based on the metadata received from the secondary device. The metadata within the historical data is analyzed to identify surfing paths of one or more users over time. Companion content is generated based on the surfing paths of the one or more users and forwarded to the secondary device for rendering while the secondary device is connected to the device that interfaces with the main device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: David Mowrey, Laura Poffenberger
  • Patent number: 9753989
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are presented for ranking content items. The system receives from a telecommunications network information indicating that a first subscriber has consumed a first content item through the telecommunications network, and adds an indication of the content consumption to a database. The system further receives information indicating that a second subscriber has consumed a second content item through the network, and adds an indication of the content consumption to the database. The system obtains a search result identifying a set of content items. It determines a first total number of subscribers who consumed the content item and a second total number of subscribers who consumed the content item and are determined to be similar to the requesting subscriber based on network-collected information. The system calculates a rank value for the content item using the first total number and the second total number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Tommy Arngren, J├Ârgen Gustafsson
  • Patent number: 9754508
    Abstract: The invention provides a computerized method and system for processing a food recipe. After a user utilizes an electronic device to indicate a recipe of interest, the invention identifies ingredients in the recipe, and provides a user with displayable information related to the ingredients. One or more functions are provided for a user to select from: altering the number of food servings for the recipe; toggling between metric and US measurements listed in the recipe; receiving a displayed dietary label for the food produced by said recipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: NUTRISHER LTD.
    Inventors: Ofir Shahar, Dror Daliot, Tal Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 9741071
    Abstract: In general, techniques are described that enable crowdsourcing of product-related information. Product-related information may include availability and intra-store locations of various products at particular stores. An example system includes an interface, a memory, and one or more programmable processors configured to receive, at the interface an intra-store product location from a first client device, the intra-store product location indicating a location of a product within a store. The programmable processor(s) are further configured to store, to at least one storage device coupled to the system and in association with the product, the received intra-store product location, receive, at the interface, a request associated with the product from a second client device, and send, from the interface, the intra-store product location to the second client device in response to receiving the request associated with the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil Richardson
  • Patent number: 9740466
    Abstract: A computer implemented method of developing computer applications, the method comprising providing to multiple users access, over a network, to information on a data center, with a subgroup of the users having access to a sub-portion of the information that is different from the sub-portion accessible by the remaining tenants of the subgroup; and communicating with the data center over the network employing a computer system associated with a user of the sub-group to establish application functionality with the sub-portion that may be accessed, over the network, by additional parties authorized by the user. Also disclosed is a machine-readable medium and a data center, both of which facilitate carrying-out the steps of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: David Brooks, Lewis Wiley Tucker, Benji Jasik, Timothy Mason, Eric David Bezar, Simon Wong, Douglas Chasman, Tien Tzuo, Scott Hansma, Adam Gross, Steven Tamm
  • Patent number: 9697490
    Abstract: Review data associated with a plurality of entities is received. Each of the entities is associated with a particular industry and the review data comprises review data obtained from a plurality of review sites. From at least a portion of the received review data, a review benchmark for the industry is determined. The benchmark is provided as output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Reputation.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey James Piper, Brent Michael Franson, Thomas Gerardo Dignan
  • Patent number: 9661384
    Abstract: A system and method for reconstructing trick play user activity are provided and include analyzing playback information of a recorded program during a playback session to identify trick play actions believed to occur during the playback session. The playback information includes a first sequence of separate video offset events associated with different points of time during the playback session at spaced intervals. For each adjacent pair of video offset events separated by one of the spaced intervals, a change of video offset is compared relative to a change of time to determine a type of trick play action occurring between the adjacent pair of video offset events. A sequence of trick play actions is reconstructed from the trick play actions identified. The method may include analyzing additional playback information and merging such information with the reconstructed sequence of trick play actions to further refine the reconstructed sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Simone Franzini, Loren J. Rittle, Douglas A. Kuhlman
  • Patent number: 9659299
    Abstract: A customer feedback acquisition and processing system includes a data acquisition processor for receiving first and second customer feedback responses. The first customer feedback response is received by the data acquisition processor after notice of a claim is received and before the claim is resolved. The second customer feedback response is received by the data acquisition processor after it receives the first customer feedback response. The data acquisition processor may operate to classify the first customer feedback response in one of two categories. The two categories may be an attention-needed category and an attention-not-needed category. The system may also include a workflow router in communication with the data acquisition processor. The system may further include a supervisor terminal in communication with the workflow router.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: HARTFORD FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brenda R. Quesnel, Benjamin A. Cowles, Stephen E. Randall, Mary B. Nasenbenny
  • Patent number: 9633116
    Abstract: Methods and systems for improving user search experience with a search engine by providing a way for associated users to create and share personalized lists of local search results and/or advertisements through endorsements of such local search results and/or ads. Local search endorsements can be used to personalize the search engine's ranking of local search results by offering a way for users to re-rank the results for themselves and for those who trust them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Christopher Korte, Sumit Agarwal, Celia Neuhoff Saino
  • Patent number: 9626727
    Abstract: Integrating metadata from applications used for social networking into a customer relationship management (CRM) system includes obtaining, from applications used for social networking, metadata associated with users of the applications, analyzing the metadata from the applications to infer opportunities, relationships for mapping clients, structures, and subject matter experts, and integrating the opportunities, the relationships for mapping the clients, the structures, and the subject matter experts into a CRM system to populate the CRM system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jorge A. Arroyo, Stephen P. Kruger, Luciano Silva, Patrick J. O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9626405
    Abstract: An invention is disclosed for systems, methods, processes, and products of providing information to users based on their relationships with other users. Such a system, method, process, or product provides a more reliable, accurate, or otherwise effective way of determining and presenting relevant information to users, consumers, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Edmond K. Chow
  • Patent number: 9595041
    Abstract: In an internet based system, a method of ranking products includes storing and outputting data identifying a plurality of suggested paradigms. The suggested paradigms each includes a set of suggested weighting factors that represent a specific consumer preference. A consumer selects one of the suggested paradigms and further inputs a set of weighting factors that includes at least one of the suggested weighting factors from the selected paradigm. The consumer thereafter inputs a query related to a product that is received by a server. A server generates and returns a ranking of a plurality of products based on the set of weighting factors input by the consumer and stored data related to a plurality of products, as a response to the query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: William Paul Wanker
  • Patent number: 9536097
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for displaying visual content on a display such that the content is comprehensible only to an authorized user for a visual display system such as a computer, a television, a video player, a public display system (including but not limited to a movie theater), a mobile phone, an automated teller machine (ATM), voting booths, kiosks, security screening workstations, tactical displays and other systems where information is displayed for viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventors: William Anderson, Steven E. Turner, Steven J. Pujia, George L. Heron
  • Patent number: 9529827
    Abstract: A method for constructing a change database reduces the footprint of a standard longitudinal data database and increases the manageability of the data for many applications. The change database concatenates representations of a time period for the change, the direction of the change, and the value of the change into a single string. The change database is constructed by creating foundation files from formatted historical data, constructing change files from these foundation files, and iteratively creating master files that encapsulate the change data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Acxiom Corporation
    Inventor: Craig William Tomarkin
  • Patent number: 9495693
    Abstract: A system and method for providing targeted marketing to a user based on the user's social media interaction. The system includes one or more computing platforms providing computer-automated functionality performing method steps for accepting a digital media and digital media related data from a publisher, generating associated information unique identifiers, monitoring social media networks for member-user rankings of the digital media after it is posted, and communicating to a member-user targeted marketing information based on the user rankings. A data storage device persists the digital media, digital media related data, and information unique identifier, which may include a linking hash character, a unique identifier, an account identifier, and/or social media network system-defined elements. The publisher selects digital media and information representing digital media elements, and posts the digital media on the social media network website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: REWARDSTYLE, INC.
    Inventors: Baxter Box, Harrison Jackson
  • Patent number: 9485322
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for of generating a user profile for use in providing targeted-content-messages to a wireless access terminal (W-AT) are disclosed. For example, a user profile with at least one profile element may be provided to the W-AT, and a profile confidence level for the profile element may be also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Dilip Krishnaswamy, Pooja Aggarwal, Robert S. Daley, Patrik Lundqvist
  • Patent number: 9477993
    Abstract: Utilizing eye tracking to collect naturally expressed affective responses for training an emotional response predictor, comprising: receiving a vote of a user on a segment of content consumed by the user; receiving eye tracking data of the user taken while the user consumed the segment of content; determining, based on the eye tracking data, that a gaze-based attention level to the segment reaches a predetermined threshold; utilizing the vote to generate a label related to an emotional response to the segment; receiving an affective response measurement of the user taken substantially while the user consumed the segment of content; and training a measurement emotional response predictor with the label and the affective response measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventors: Ari M Frank, Gil Thieberger
  • Patent number: 9443246
    Abstract: A statistical methodology is employed for assisting people with the setting of parameters of software applications or services. With the method, information about demographics and/or about the complete or partial preferences of other people, are analyzed to infer recommendations for settings and functionality of a computer application or service. A system is reviewed with the ability to receive data regarding a plurality of users, and stores respective profiles for these users in a community store. The system can leverage off of these completed and/or partially completed profiles of parameters representing preferences about software operation in connection with building new profiles for users (new and/or existing). Data regarding a user that desires to build a new profile is employed in connection with the community profiles to facilitate the user building a personalized profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Eric J. Horvitz, Johnson T. Apacible, Murugesan S. Subramani
  • Patent number: 9411848
    Abstract: A method, a data network arrangement and a computer program product, by means of which a comparator can be implemented in a data network, in which comparator a possibility of online chat can also be utilized. The comparator user stores his evaluation of the properties included in the targets being evaluated in a database in the server in the data network by using a graphic one- or two-dimensional evaluation frame. In the comparator the comparator user's evaluations are compared to property values set for each target being evaluated. During the comparison the comparator analyses the data entered into the comparator by the comparator user against predetermined online chat threshold values. If even one online chat threshold value is exceeded, it is in the comparator according to the invention possible to offer the comparator user an online chat with the service provider's customer servant in order to support the decision-making.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: ZEF Solutions Oy
    Inventors: Jaakko Alasaarela, Juha Koskela
  • Patent number: 9412112
    Abstract: An interactive display platform is provided for generating and displaying a sponsored message within a message group, including previously received messages from users. A first group of users having user information corresponding to information received from a first user is determined. A selection representing a user is received, and a modified first group is determined including by adding the selected user to the first group. Advertiser(s) meeting a threshold of targeting criteria is selected for displaying a message with at least two previously received messages from a second group of users that is based at least on a previously received message from someone of the modified first group by a point in time. A unique information assembly is generated by integrating information from previously received messages from the second group and a message from the advertiser(s), which is provided for display for the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: HOME PRODUCERS NETWORK, LLC
    Inventor: Craig P. Mowry
  • Patent number: 9405825
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for extracting a representative review excerpt from a plurality of reviews associated with an item available for purchase in an electronic commerce system. A review extractor identifies a lexicon appearing in the reviews and associates each of the reviews with at least one category where the categories are based on the identified common lexicon. The review extractor then ranks the categories according to a ranking of attributes specified by consumer preferences. Upon ranking the categories, the review extractor then extracts a representative review excerpt based on a correlation between the number of reviews associated with each category and the ranking of that category as indicated by the consumer preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Olga I. Kuznetsova, Logan Luyet Dillard, Jason Roselander, Terrence R. Nightingale, Brandon W. Porter
  • Patent number: 9378574
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for producing a makeup avatar is disclosed. The apparatus may include a spectrum information metadata generating unit to generate spectrum information metadata, based on skin spectrum information of a user and cosmetics spectrum information related to makeup, a makeup information generating unit to receive, from the user, a makeup avatar to which makeup is applied through a user terminal, and to generate makeup information of the makeup avatar, a control information determining unit to determine control information for controlling a makeup status of the makeup avatar, based on the makeup information and the spectrum information metadata, and a makeup avatar metadata generating unit to generate makeup avatar metadata, based on spectrum information metadata corresponding to the control information and the makeup information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignees: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE, MYONGJI UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY AND ACADEMIA COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Jin Seo Kim, In Su Jang, Soon Young Kwon, Song Woo Lee, Ju Yeon You, Jae Woo Kim, Sang Kyun Kim, Yong Soo Joo
  • Patent number: 9374335
    Abstract: A message distribution system comprising an analytics system to receive an inquiry with qualifiers to generate an estimate of the number of mobile devices associated the with qualifiers, wherein the qualifiers comprise at least one characteristic associated with at least one of a mobile device, a mobile device user, or a mobile device owner, generating an estimate of the number of mobile devices associated with the qualifiers at a future time which may receive messages, and transmit the estimate of the number of mobile devices to a common campaign system. The system comprises a common campaign system to provide the qualifiers for selection, transmit the inquiry with the qualifiers to at least the analytics system to receive an estimate of the number of mobile devices associated with the qualifiers, and receive the estimate of the number of mobile devices associated with the qualifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Robert H. Burcham, Jason R. Delker, Robin D. Katzer
  • Patent number: 9367058
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a network system and a control method thereof. The network system includes: a commercial electric appliance comprising a cost system for an operation thereof; and a control device communicably connected to the commercial electric appliance, wherein the control device comprises a display unit configured to remotely monitor operation information of the commercial electric appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seonghwan Kang, Kangwoon Cheon, Minjin Oh, Jongmi Choi, Chulgon Tak
  • Patent number: 9348897
    Abstract: A system, computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and computer-implemented method for providing scheduling suggestions to a user. A collection of intention objects is accessed. Each of the intention objects is a data structure comprising a plurality of activity attributes of an intention of a user to undertake an activity. Calendar data from a calendar of the user is accessed and an available time slot on the calendar is determined. In response to determining the available time slot, a suggested intention object is selected from the collection of intention objects based on a plurality of activity attributes of the suggested intention object. A scheduling suggestion is then presented to the user. The scheduling suggestion may include a suggestion to schedule an activity associated with the suggested intention object in the available time slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Yoav Shoham, Jacob E Bank, Dan Ariely, Kumiko T Toft, Zachary I Weiner
  • Patent number: 9336212
    Abstract: Systems and methods for collection and automatic analysis of opinions of media are provided. A representative method includes: receiving, from a user, media for review; automatically distributing the media to a pool of reviewers based on reviewer profiles; receiving, from the reviewers, information corresponding to opinions pertaining to the media; automatically generating a report based, at least in part, on the information received from the reviewers; and providing the report to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: SLICETHEPIE LIMITED
    Inventors: David Anthony Courtier-Dutton, James Alexander Maurice Ernest Sopper, Andrew James Dodd, Madeleine Rebecca Ayers, Grace Margaret Hammond, Marc Walter Reimann, Joel Robert Sisco
  • Patent number: 9336529
    Abstract: Disclosed is an interactive venue individuals. At least one database stores trait information, preference information, and identification information that includes visual and/or audio information. The database also stores advertiser information that includes information representing at least one of goods and services of one or more advertisers. Video media is provided that features at least one participant. The participant is at least one of the plurality of persons. Further, a web site is provided that shows at least part of the video media and at least some of the electronic advertiser information. Some of the electronic advertiser information corresponds to at least one selected from the group consisting of the at least one participant and at least one user of the web site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: HOME PRODUCERS NETWORK, LLC
    Inventor: Craig P. Mowry
  • Patent number: 9330393
    Abstract: A result for a task may be provided in response to receiving a request from, for example, a user for the result. The request specifies a desired accuracy level for the result. The accuracy of the result is determined using the individual accuracies of one or more persons that have selected the result. Each person's individual accuracy is determined based on results for prior tasks previously performed by that person. The person's individual accuracy is proportional to the number of that person's prior results that are with a consensus of other persons that have performed the same prior task. The result is provided if the accuracy of the result is equal to or greater than the desired accuracy level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Demand Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Byron William Reese, William Ballard
  • Patent number: 9311363
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for providing personalized evaluations of products, services, or providers are disclosed. In one aspect, a method includes obtaining, for an entity, quality feedback including quality scores representing measures of quality for the entity and including feedback text submitted with the quality scores. A characteristic of the entity is identified from the feedback text, and an influence of the characteristic on the quality scores is determined. A quality profile specifying a measure of importance of the characteristic to the user is identified. An estimated quality value for the entity is determined based on the influence of the characteristic and the characteristic weight, and the entity is ranked based on the estimated quality score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Paul G. Nordstrom
  • Patent number: 9300545
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating a flow visualization of network traffic. A scoring function is used to prioritize which traffic paths are displayed in the visualization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Fenghui Zhang, Lik Mui, Peng Li, Lin Liao, Zhiting Xu
  • Patent number: 9299083
    Abstract: An electronic method for generating group data indicative of the collective response of at least a subset of respondents to at least one portion of a time-varying stimulus the method comprising: receiving responses to the time-varying stimulus from respective ones of a plurality of respondent devices, each response including data indicative of a response of a respondent associated with the respective respondent device to the time-varying stimulus; filtering the responses to generate a filtered response data set that excludes responses outside of a timing tolerance relative to a portion of the time-varying stimulus to which the group data is intended to relate; and processing at least a subset of the filtered response data set to generate the group data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: ROY MORGAN RESEARCH PTY LTD
    Inventors: Michael John Hargreaves, Michele Levine, Jonathan Zio Mor, Duc Anh Ngo, Tristan Aaron Reeves, Grant Leslie Rhys-Jones, Marcus Adrian Tarrant, Michael Ernst Wildenauer
  • Patent number: 9226027
    Abstract: Method, system, and computer program product for performing an operation, the operation including transmitting a media stream to one or more devices configured to display the media stream on a display coupled to the respective device, receiving user feedback from a first set of devices, of the one or more devices, marking the media stream as inappropriate, and upon determining that the received user feedback exceeds a threshold, marking the media stream as inappropriate, transmitting the marked media stream to a first device, of the one or more devices exclusive of the first set of devices, and wherein the first device is configured to, responsive to receiving the marked media stream, restrict display of the marked media stream on the respective display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Manish A. Bhide, Srinivas K. Mittapalli, Nithinkrishna Shenoy
  • Patent number: 9210732
    Abstract: A wireless communication device receives a first-type packet. If the first-type packet does not include first predetermined information, the device may store first specific information. In some examples, if the first-type packet includes the first predetermined information, the device does not store the first specific information. The device receives a second-type packet after receiving the first-type packet. If the first specific information is stored and the second-type packet is received, the device may send a third-type packet when the target-device identifying information is the same as the first-external-device identifying information. The third-type packet might not be sent where the target-device identifying information is different from the first-external-device identifying information. If the first specific information is not stored and the second-type packet is received, the device may send the third-type packet. When sending the third-type packet, the device may also send a wireless profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takanobu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9202224
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, article of manufacture, and a memory structure for providing advertisements with a media program transmitted to a user device are described. The method permits the user to manage the provision of user information such as surveys and advertisement feedback to the media program provider to improve the advertising experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: HULU, LLC
    Inventors: Jason A. Kilar, Jessica Page Ivy, Wing Chit Mak, Richard W. Tom, Robert Masao Wong, Bryon Edward Schafer, Hua Zheng, Jean-Paul Colaco, Brian Soebekti
  • Patent number: 9183462
    Abstract: A method, a data network arrangement and a computer program product by which a comparator can be implemented in a data network. The user of the comparator stores his evaluation of the properties included in the targets to be evaluated in a database in the server in the data network using a graphic one- or two-dimensional evaluation frame. In the comparator the comparator user's evaluations are compared to property evaluations given by a reference user. When calculating the total accuracy percentage of the comparison the evaluations given by the comparator user are weighted with a weighting coefficient, which is obtained by normalizing first the importance evaluations of all the properties given by the reference user and by using the normalized importance evaluation of a certain property as the weighting coefficient for this property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: ZEF Solutions Oy
    Inventors: Markku Alasaarela, Jaakko Alasaarela, Esko Alasaarela
  • Patent number: 9159110
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for sharing reliable information or knowledge with regard to a question using an on-line human network. The on-line human network-based knowledge sharing method is to share knowledge based on an acquaintance information database. The database stores the IDs of a plurality of users, and the correspondence relationships of the user IDs, which represent acquaintanceships between the users on the on-line human network. The method includes allowing a first user to write a question message in a form that can be forwarded through the network, generating a question ID for identifying the question message and storing the generated question ID, causing the ID of the first user to correspond to the question ID, allowing a second user who is acquainted with the first user to receive the message, and causing the ID of the second user to correspond to the question ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: NHN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yong Joon Hyoung, Kwang Yong Choi
  • Patent number: 9135628
    Abstract: A method for providing advertisement inducing active participation from targeted customers and a system therefore includes providing a high advertising effect to advertisers through active participation of customers and offering a predetermined compensation to customers participated in consultation. The method for providing advertisement inducing active participation from targeted customers comprises: (a) receiving consultation advertisement registering information from advertisers; (b) outputting consultation advertisement depending on the input registering information; (c) receiving consultation requesting information from customers about the consultation advertisement; and (d) providing a predetermined compensation to customers who input the consultation requesting information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Young Bae Ku, Hwa Hyeon Ryu
  • Patent number: 9118759
    Abstract: A method, a system and a computer program product for analyzing customer service quality is disclosed. A plurality of customer call service quality parameters is identified using historical data. The plurality of customer call service quality parameters is quantified and correlated. The customer service quality is analyzed using the plurality of customer call service quality parameters. A repository is generated using the historical data of a plurality of customer calls and a set of pre-defined customer call flow templates. A subset of service quality queries is identified using contextual information of the customer call from the repository of service quality queries. The subset of service quality queries is then interspersed in the customer call. The customer service quality is analyzed using responses to the subset of service quality queries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Raghuram Krishnapuram, L. Venkata Subramaniam
  • Patent number: 9100800
    Abstract: A questionnaire system in which a mobile device is used by user to create questionnaires and send it to other recipients. The questionnaire is created by user of a mobile device using audio inputs for a questionnaire preamble and question preambles. A server in the network incorporates other generic portions of the questionnaire as necessary. Thus, a user can make adhoc questionnaires, send them to recipients and receive the results provided by the recipients from their respective mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Bindu Rama Rao
  • Patent number: 9087340
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a data intelligence extraction system for extracting intelligence from different events that are generated by separate and independently operating event generating sources within a business, wherein each event generating source records some set of business activities and the data associated with those activities. The intelligence that the system extracts includes a cradle-to-grave accounting for the engagement that different entities have with a business over the entirety of the entity-to-business relationship. This cradle-to-grave accounting is formed by the system linking events that are related causally, temporally, or on the basis of an entity to which they relate. The system then constructs data assets to capture the data from the linked events, and in so doing, provide the business with assets that compile the data the business has obtained on the different entities over the cradle-to-grave engagement with those entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Credibility Corp.
    Inventors: Aaron B. Stibel, Garrett Arnett
  • Patent number: 9076172
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments relating to generating profile-based groups to obtain item suggestions. A network page is rendered in a client computing device comprising a topic field to input a topic and a third party criteria selection mechanism to select at least one third party user. The user inputs the topic and the third party criteria. A request for suggestions relating to the topic is then sent from the client computing device to a server computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer R. O'Twomney, Maren Marie Costa, Aaron M. Donsbach, Devraj Varadhan, Marina A. Pai, Michael Crutcher, Sean M. Scott, Anoop Balakrishnan, Ryuichi Hirano
  • Patent number: 9053499
    Abstract: The transmission of a review request to a potential author of a review on a review site is facilitated. A determination is made that the potential reviewer has not, subsequent to the transmission, authored a review on the review site. A follow-up action to take with the potential reviewer regarding the review request is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Reputation.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Michael Franson, Jeffrey James Piper, Thomas Gerardo Dignan
  • Patent number: 9043220
    Abstract: A mechanism, in a data processing system, is provided for defining marketing strategies. The mechanism dynamically obtains information related to customer interactions associated with a plurality of customers, analyzes the information to identify patterns, selects patterns to define a marketing strategy for a marketer, and defines a marketing strategy based on the selected patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: George T. Jacob Sushil, Kalapriya Kannan