Based On Query History Patents (Class 707/721)
  • Patent number: 10026112
    Abstract: Improvements for parametized storage and retrieval of multiple different types of marketplace items include: (a) providing lists recommended parameters to guide users' entry and searching of data; (b) limiting users to suggesting additions of new parameters to the system; (c) an item classification based in whole or in part upon a trademark classification; (d) a data structure in which value data is stored in cells of a table for which a given column can represent multiple different parameters; (e) values can comprise links that resolve to particular items of data other than a file, a web site, and an email address; data is loaded en masse, and then distributed to edge cache databases; and (f) users can privatize individual records and values within their loaded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Robert D. Fish
  • Patent number: 10013446
    Abstract: The disclosed apparatus, systems, and methods relate to a location query mechanism that can efficiently determine whether a target entity is located within a region of interest (ROI). At a high level, the location query mechanism can be configured to represent a ROI using one or more polygons. The location query mechanism can, in turn, divide (e.g., tessellate) the one or more polygons into sub-polygons. Subsequently, the location query mechanism can use the sub-polygons to build an index system that can efficiently determine whether a particular location is within any of the sub-polygons. Therefore, when a computing device queries whether a particular location is within the region of interest, the location query mechanism can use the index system to determine whether the particular location is within any of the sub-polygons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: FACTUAL INC.
    Inventors: Ahad Rana, Boris Shimanovsky
  • Patent number: 10015226
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and computer-readable storage media that make an asynchronous JavaScript and extensible mark-up language (AJAX) application content state bookmarkable and crawlable include receiving a HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) request is received. The HTTP request includes an HTTP request uniform resource locator (URL) representing a current application state. When the HTTP request URL contains a first reference substring, a second substring is extracted from the HTTP request URL based upon the first reference substring. A modified URL is generated based at least in part on the extracted second substring. The modified URL represents the current application content state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: UsableNet Inc.
    Inventors: Enrico Scoda, Simone Pezzano
  • Patent number: 10007722
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for improving the engagement of the user in collaboration activities. A collaboration mechanism detects a request to select an artifact (community, file) by a user in a communication system. The collaboration mechanism analyzes the communication system for collaboration activities (e.g., postings) related to the selected artifact to determine a list of related artifacts. The collaboration mechanism then determines the collaboration activities for each artifact in the list of related artifacts. The collaboration mechanism then analyzes the determined collaboration activities for each artifact in the list of related artifacts to form a collaboration summary (summary of the collaboration activities) for each artifact which is presented to the user. As a result of presenting such a collaboration summary to the user, the user is more likely to engage in collaborative activities with other artifacts since they are related to the artifact selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Andrew E. Davis
  • Patent number: 9998286
    Abstract: A system may provide hardware acceleration for blockchain-based record entry. Client circuitry may provide record entry information to node circuitry. The node circuitry may compile the record entry information into a record entry for submission to blockchain management circuitry (BMC). The BMC may access a consensus operating procedure. The BMC may apply the consensus operating procedure to the record entry to gain append permissions for a blockchain. After completing the consensus operating procedure, the BMC may append a block generated based on the record entry to the blockchain. Accordingly, the system may ensure that blocks added to the blockchain were generated in compliance with the consensus operating procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Noel Vivek Ramathal, Kevin Bernard Greene
  • Patent number: 9967750
    Abstract: Techniques are described for determining and/or verifying the location of a device based on environmental data. A device may provide location information describing its location, e.g., determined using a satellite-based navigation system. Environmental context data (e.g., temperature, air pressure, air quality, pollen count, ambient light, etc.) may also be received from the device, having been generated by sensor(s) incorporated into the device. The environmental context data may be compared to corresponding elements of other context data that is generated independently of the device. Based on the comparison, a confidence metric may be determined that indicates a level of confidence that the device's communicated location is its actual location. The confidence metric may be employed to make a security determination regarding a user of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Amanda S. Fernandez, Rick Swenson
  • Patent number: 9934275
    Abstract: An example method of processing a plurality of queries includes determining, at a database driver, that a first query and a second query are similar. The first query is sent from a first execution thread executing in an application server. The method also includes generating, at the database driver, a union query based on the first and second queries. The method further includes submitting the union query to a database that stores database tables from which data is selected based on the first and second queries. The method also includes receiving a combined result set of the union query from the database and submitting the first query against the combined result set. The method further includes receiving, at the database driver, a first result set of the first query in response to submitting the first query against the combined result set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Red Hat, Inc.
    Inventors: Filip Nguyen, Filip Elias
  • Patent number: 9900394
    Abstract: When a user of a social network accepts an invitation message to connect with another user of the social network, a system may use a history of user activity to determine where the user is subsequently directed within the social-network website. In particular, based on the history of user activity associated with an in-network page with recommendations for possible connections for the user within the network of users, the system may determine whether or not there have been too many impressions of the in-network page. If not, the system may present the in-network page with a recommendation for a possible in-network connection for the user within the network of users. Then, if the system receives a user selection of the possible in-network connection, the system may provide an invitation message inviting the possible in-network connection to connect with the user by activating a link in the invitation message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Haifeng Ji, Erica M. Lockheimer, Peter B. Rusev, Muhammad Aatif Awan, Yang Zhou, Lili Wu, Manas S. Khadilkar, Samir M. Shah
  • Patent number: 9892156
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein may operate to receive, at a search service, a first query from a user device corresponding to a current user of the search service, analyze existing search queries performed by users of the search service, and selectively provide, to the user device, a second query of the existing search queries as at least one of: a refinement of the first query based on determining that the second query includes all keywords in the first query, or an alternative to the first query based on determining that the second query lacks at least one keyword in the first query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Raghav Gupta
  • Patent number: 9852222
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide personalized search services. The personalized search services operate to contextualize what is being searched for and to provide at least some search results in that context that are specific to the user to whom the results are to be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoyuan Wu, Sunil Mohan
  • Patent number: 9767475
    Abstract: A system, method, apparatus and processor readable media are described for real-time prediction of an advertising audience volume through analysis of historical audience data, and tuning of the predicted audience volume. Embodiments enable a user to specify a query for audience volume prediction. Such a query may be a Boolean combination of various audience categories. A time range may be determined that indicates the amount of historical data that is to be analyzed to make the audience volume prediction in real time. Employing the user-specified query, an audience volume prediction may be provided for a future time period, based on an analysis of retrieved historical audience data for the time range. Embodiments may also enable a user to tune the predicted audience volume through modification of the query through one or more iterations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: BLUE KAI, INC.
    Inventors: John Patrick Connelly, Lucian Vlad Lita, Michael Bigby, Charles Yang
  • Patent number: 9747336
    Abstract: A user submits a search query. The query submission results in a result set, including a number of listings, and a unique hyperlink associated in a database with the search query, the result set, and the listings. The user distributes the unique 5 hyperlink to new members who select the unique hyperlink. Each new member who selects the unique hyperlink is presented with a listing from the result set. The time they spend viewing the listing is recorded. An algorithm based on the recorded viewing time ultimately filters the listings to a single best-fit listing for the original query and permanently associated it with the unique hyperlink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Justin Cutillo
  • Patent number: 9740787
    Abstract: A search server that receives a search request from a mobile computing device, the search request comprising a first search query that comprises one or more search terms; utilizes stored search queries to determine a second search query received from the mobile computing device, the second search query being received within a threshold time period prior to the first search query; determines search results by identifying applications based on the stored information regarding the applications and the search terms in the first search query; for at least one application in the search results, determines a state of the application that corresponds with the second search query; and transmits a search result object comprising information regarding the applications determined based on the first search query and the states determined based on the second search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Quixey, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Ben-Tzur
  • Patent number: 9727654
    Abstract: A method and system to suggest keywords to a social network member is described. A suggested keywords system, in one example embodiment, examines phrases that appear in profiles maintained by the on-line social networking system that are similar to the target profile and identifies those words and phrases that are most prominent in these profiles, utilizing discriminative strength values. These most prominent words and phrases may be presented to the target member as suggested keywords to be included in the member's professional summary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Nikita Igorevych Lytkin, Aastha Jain, Gloria Lau, Vitaly Gordon
  • Patent number: 9710480
    Abstract: An approach is provided for determining one or more recommendations based on an incremental update of a recommendation model. An incremental platform causes, at least in part, a categorization of activity information into a plurality of subsets based, at least in part, on one or more user groups, one or more item groups, at least one update time for at least one recommendation model associated with the activity information, or a combination thereof. The incremental platform further processes and/or facilitates a processing of the activity information based, at least in part, on the categorization to determine whether to perform an incremental update of the at least one recommendation model. The incremental platform also determines one or more recommendations based, at least in part, on the at least one recommendation model, the incremental update, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: NOKIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hao Wang, Alvin Chin, Hao Wang, Hrishikesh Brahmakal, Ari Aarnio
  • Patent number: 9690828
    Abstract: A search query is received from a search engine of multiple search engines. One or more search results from each search engine of the multiple search engines in response to the search query are received. Each search result of the one or more search results includes a first search score. A factor is determined for each search result of the one or more search results. A second search score is determined for each search result of the one or more search results based on the first search score and the factor. The one or more search results are displayed to a user of the search engine in an order. The order is based on the second search score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Emiko Takeuchi, Daisuke Takuma, Hirobumi Toyoshima
  • Patent number: 9690847
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus include computer programs encoded on a computer-readable storage medium, including a method for responding to queries. A first user query is received. The first user query is processed including identifying one or more segments in the first user query, a segment representing a word or a phrase. A stand-alone score is determined for each segment of the first user query, wherein the stand-alone score is an indication of a likelihood that the segment represents a stand-alone query and that the segment represents a main topic of the first user query. A historical log of queries is processed to determine query-independent scores for segments that are included in queries represented by the log. The final query-independent scores are used to determine the stand-alone score for each segment of the first query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Google, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuji Kaneda, Amir Najmi, Adam Jacob Prins
  • Patent number: 9652515
    Abstract: A search server that receives a search request from a mobile computing device, the search request comprising a first search query that comprises one or more search terms; utilizes stored search queries to determine a second search query received from the mobile computing device, the second search query being received within a threshold time period prior to the first search query; determines search results by identifying applications based on the stored information regarding the applications and the search terms in the first search query; for at least one application in the search results, determines a state of the application that corresponds with the second search query; and transmits a search result object comprising information regarding the applications determined based on the first search query and the states determined based on the second search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Quixey, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Ben-Tzur
  • Patent number: 9652483
    Abstract: An information retrieval system uses phrases to index, retrieve, organize and describe documents. Phrases are extracted from the document collection. Documents are the indexed according to their included phrases, using phrase posting lists. The phrase posting lists are stored in an cluster of index servers. The phrase posting lists can be tiered into groups, and sharded into partitions. Phrases in a query are identified based on possible phrasifications. A query schedule based on the phrases is created from the phrases, and then optimized to reduce query processing and communication costs. The execution of the query schedule is managed to further reduce or eliminate query processing operations at various ones of the index servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Pei Cao, Nadav Eiron, Soham Mazumdar, Anna L. Patterson, Russell Power, Yonatan Zunger
  • Patent number: 9619560
    Abstract: In one implementation, a method is described of retrying matching of an audio query against audio references. The method includes receiving a follow-up query that requests a retry at matching a previously submitted audio query. In some implementations, this follow-up query is received without any recognition hint that suggests how to retry matching. The follow-up query includes the audio query or a reference to the audio query to be used in the retry. The method further includes retrying matching the audio query using retry matching resources that include an expanded group of audio references, identifying at least one match and transmitting a report of the match. Optionally, the method includes storing data that correlates the follow-up query, the audio query or the reference to the audio query, and the match after retrying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Soundhound, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Master, Bernard Mont-Reynaud, Keyvan Mohajer
  • Patent number: 9600228
    Abstract: A system and method for static query generation and input, comprising a set of auto-complete and auto-suggest rules, based on a template derived from at least one of an initial user input and context, is used to elicit a more complete query from said user, said auto-complete and auto-suggest values being offered in the form of widgets that offer a visual indicia receptive for user interaction, and wherein depending on at least one of context and status and user input, more than one such widget may be offered concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Nadav Gur, David Berlin, Moshe Shuchman, Ofer Melnik, Imri Goldberg
  • Patent number: 9582536
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for maintaining up-to-date pre-computed search results, such as travel recommendations, stored in a data cache maintained, for example, by a global distribution system. Pre-computed search results are re-computed to provide long-term accuracy. A re-computation controller assigns a re-computation indicator to any of the pre-computed search results. The re-computation indicator for a pre-computed search result is based on at least on a probability that the pre-computed search result is still valid, and on a re-computation frequency of the search result. Within a given time interval, a computation platform re-computes these pre-computed search results having a re-computation indicator indicating the highest need for re-computation. The number of pre-computed search results re-computed by the computation platform is limited by the computation resources of the computation platform that are available for the re-computation within the given time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AMADEUS S.A.S.
    Inventors: Guillaume Legrand, Damien Ciabrini
  • Patent number: 9569060
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, apparatus, systems, and computer-readable storage media for composing and batch publishing feed items in a user interface in a feed-based interaction context. In some implementations, a computing device provides a first prompt for display in a first user interface component, which is configured to display unpublished feed items. The computing device receives, at the first prompt, first feed item data for a first feed item. Responsive to a request to compose a second feed item, the computing device displays in the first user interface component a second prompt for second feed item data without publishing the first feed item. The computing device receives, at the second prompt, second feed item data for a second feed item of a first record, the first and second feed items being related to the first record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: Mustafa Al-Alami, Jason Ellis, Benjamin Snyder, Vahn Phan
  • Patent number: 9547699
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to establishing a metadata repository that aggregates metadata for a plurality of data sources, inferring data source metadata at a metadata repository and to providing recommendations to data managers based on aggregated inputs. In one scenario, a computer system establishes a reference to one or more data sources, where each data source includes data elements. The computer system receives a data request for specified data elements stored on the data sources and accesses the established references to determine which data source the specified data elements are stored on. The computer system then retrieves at least one of the specified data elements from its determined data source and sends the retrieved data elements to a specified computer system, along with an indication of additional data elements that are relevant to the received data request, and a further indication of how those additional data elements are to be accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Roche, Christian Liensberger, Ziv Kasperski, Stéphane Nyombayire
  • Patent number: 9544198
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to techniques for displaying information in a repository system. In certain embodiments, techniques are described for dynamically determining a view, based on a role of a user, to display information stored in a repository system about one or more objects in a computing environment. An object can include an application, a process, a service, an endpoint device, a method, etc., which can exist in a computing environment. An object can include a resource (e.g., a data structure or a database) in a computing environment. The repository system can store information about an object and its attributes. The information stored in the repository system about an object can be dynamically displayed to a user based on the role associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Radhesh Radhakrishnan, David Keyes
  • Patent number: 9519521
    Abstract: A specification unit specifies a cycle in which data to be processed by queries is distributed, the queries being arranged at a node and movable between the nodes and performing a processing when the data matches with a set condition. An instruction unit instructs a node as a movement source to move the queries during a period when the data to be processed by the queries to be moved is not distributed on the basis of the specified cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Nobutaka Imamura, Yoshinori Sakamoto, Hidekazu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9501762
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the disclosed technology can obtain information about associations between users (e.g., user accounts) of a content management system and applications compatible with the content management system. Various embodiments can also obtain information about a plurality of attributes associated with usage of the content management system by the users (e.g., user accounts). In some embodiments, the attributes can include a device property, a usage pattern, an account property, a content item property, a profile property, a preference property, or a domain property. Moreover, data about social connections of the users (e.g., user accounts) can also be obtained. Based, at least in part, on at least one of the information about the associations, the information about the plurality of attributes, or the data about the social connections, one or more applications can be recommended to a selected user (e.g., a selected user account).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Dropbox, Inc.
    Inventors: Boris Babenko, Emil Ibrishimov
  • Patent number: 9489464
    Abstract: A search engine system capable of displaying indicative information to a user from searches performed by entities connected directly or indirectly to the user, wherein said system includes at least one host computer processor connectable to one or more network(s), a database accessible over said network(s), a plurality of data input devices connectable to said network(s) said search engine being accessible over said network(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Eurekster, Inc.
    Inventors: Julian Malcolm Cone, Gary Lee Franklin, Michael Arthur Grantham, Wayne Alistair Munro, Grant James Ryan, Shaun William Ryan, William Ferguson Stalker
  • Patent number: 9460408
    Abstract: A method for automatically generating test scenarios for a plurality of business rules created to form a ruleset for a business domain. A plurality of decision variables is extracted from a business object model associated with the business domain using a computer system. The plurality of business rules is parsed using a syntactic parser operating on the computer system to extract at least one condition expression and an assignment action. A collection of mutually exclusive constraint satisfaction problems is built from the decision variables, condition expressions, and assignment actions using a constraint problem generator operating on the computer system. A plurality of test scenarios is generated automatically from each identified constraint satisfaction problem in the collection using a constraint solver engine operating on the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pierre Berlandier, Zhen Huan Zhou
  • Patent number: 9405856
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for providing task-oriented query-completion suggestions are provided. A portion of a search query is received, for instance, via a query-input region or search box presented in association with a general web search domain. As the portion of the search query is received, it is determined that the received search query portion is suggestive of a task-oriented user intent. Also determined are query-completion suggestions that are associated with the task-oriented user intent of which the search query portion is suggestive. The determined query-completion suggestions are then provided to the user. As query-completion suggestions are surfaced with input of short character sequences that are associated with task-oriented user intents, users can quickly be provided the relevant, rich content for completing their intended tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Marantz, Brian Whalen MacDonald, Jeffrey R. Kelleran, Derrick L. Connell, Samir Shiraz Pradhan, Sanaz Ahari
  • Patent number: 9396187
    Abstract: A search request received from a user is converted to a search request integer value using an operational portion of a chip in network equipment. The search request integer value is compared to representative data integer values that were previously converted from a dataset of search terms using the operational portion, the representative integer values being stored on the chip. If the comparing is successful, a signal is transmitted to a second database, the signal being used to determine a message to be transmitted to the user that corresponds to the representative data integer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eddie Chung
  • Patent number: 9384306
    Abstract: A method of searching an address book and a portable communication device using the same, the method including: arranging an address book based on a character selected from information being displayed on the portable communication device; and displaying the arranged address book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jung-Hak Kim
  • Patent number: 9286356
    Abstract: A method performed by one or more processing devices includes obtaining search results responsive to a search query submitted by a user; determining a maturity score for the user, where the maturity score represents a measure of development of a particular user attribute; determining, based on the maturity score, utility scores for the search results, where a utility score represents a measure of utility of a particular type of content to a particular type of user as defined by the measure of development of the particular user attribute; and adjusting rankings of the search results based on the utility scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Crichton, Frances B. Haugen
  • Patent number: 9264440
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a computer-implemented method detects updates to a domain name system record system. In the method, a stream of data points is received with each data point describing a record of a domain name system. For respective data points, a processor is selected from a plurality of processors. The processors are each configured to apply a data point against a common filter that assesses whether the data point is in a set. At the selected processor, the respective data point is applied to the common filter to determine whether the record is included in the set. When the record is determined not to be included in the set, a message is provided to indicate that the domain name system includes a new record, and the common filter is updated to include the data point in the set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: FARSIGHT SECURITY, INC.
    Inventor: Henry Stern
  • Patent number: 9223868
    Abstract: Systems and methods for deriving and using an interaction profile are described. In one described method, a plurality of metrics indicating a level of satisfaction for search results is determined. The metrics comprise at least one of click-duration data, multiple-click data, and query-refinement data. The values of the metrics for a plurality of instances of an object, such as search results from a search engine, are determined. An interaction profile for the object, based at least in part on the values of the metrics for a plurality of instances of the first object, is then determined. This interaction profile may be used in a variety of ways, such as determining the quality of ranking algorithms and detecting undesirable search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Alexis Jane Battle, David Ariel Cohn, Carrie Elizabeth Grimes, John Ogden Lamping
  • Patent number: 9210230
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus to monitor media presentations are disclosed. An example method includes identifying a household of panelists based on a public Internet Protocol address identified in tagging data transmitted by a media presentation device. A panelist is identified within the household of panelists based on metering data. A media source is identified based on the tagging data. Identification of the media presented in association with the tagging data based on at least one of the tagging data and the metering data is attempted. The panelist is credited with exposure to the identified media from the media source at a media presentation location associated with the public IP address when the media is identified. The panelist is credited with exposure to media from the media source at the media presentation location when the media is not identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Frett, Jan Besehanic
  • Patent number: 9210098
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an approach for identifying commands for virtual resource instances in a networked computing environment (e.g., a cloud computing environment). Specifically, in a typical embodiment, a set of commands for an instance of a virtual resource may be received in a computer memory medium or the like. The commands may then be analyzed and information pertaining to the commands may be stored in a computer storage device or the like. When a user/requester later wishes to identify a command to be utilized for another instance of the virtual resource, the requester can access the information and be provided with a set of suggested commands that are typically utilized for similar and/or previous instances of the virtual resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kelly Abuelsaad, Gregory J. Boss, Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Soobaek Jang
  • Patent number: 9137323
    Abstract: Disclosed in some examples are methods, systems, and machine-readable mediums which provide a relevance engine for determining a relevance of an individual (either a non-member or another member) to another individual (either a non-member or another member). This relevance engine may use signals in the form of data that the social networking service may learn about the individuals to determine how relevant the individuals are to each other. Example applications may include ordering of connection invitations in a social networking service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Samir M. Shah, Mitul Tiwari, Roshan Rajesh Sumbaly, Curtis Wang
  • Patent number: 9128984
    Abstract: Computer-implemented and associated operating methods evaluate robustness of a query plan by measuring performance with regard to a range of runtime conditions and producing a map of relative performance of the given query plan when compared with alternative plans for a range of conditions. The computer-implemented system comprises logic that evaluates the selected query plan in comparison to multiple alternative query plans in a predetermined range of runtime conditions that include data characteristics. The logic produces a set of performance measurements and analyzes the measured performance to map performance of the selected query plan in comparison to performance of one or more alternative query plans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Janet L. Wiener, Goetz Graefe, Harumi Kuno
  • Patent number: 9070046
    Abstract: Architecture that performs image page index selection. A learning-based framework learns a statistical model based on the hyperlink (URL-uniform resource locator) previous click information obtained from the image search users. The learned model can combine the features of a newly discovered URL to predict the possibility of the newly-discovered URL being clicked in the future image search. In addition to existing web index selection features, image clicks are added as features, and the image clicks are aggregated over different URL segments, as well as the site modeling pattern trees to reduce the sparse problem of the image click information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Bo Geng, Xian-Sheng Hua, Zhong Wu, Dengyong Zhou
  • Publication number: 20150149443
    Abstract: A method of selecting and presenting content on a first system based on user preferences learned on a second system is provided. The method includes receiving a user's input for identifying items of the second content system and, in response thereto, presenting a subset of items of the second content system and receiving the user's selection actions thereof. The method includes analyzing the selected items to learn the user's content preferences for the content of the second content system and determining a relationship between the content of the first and second content systems to determine preferences relevant to items of the first content system. The method includes, in response subsequent user input for items of the first content system, selecting and ordering a collection of items of the first content system based on the user's learned content preferences determined to be relevant to the items of the first content system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Murali ARAVAMUDAN, Ajit RAJASEKHARAN, Kajamalai G. RAMAKRISHNAN
  • Patent number: 9043313
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a system and/or method for providing enhanced content search results based on metrics indicating user affinity for an information site such as a web site. Information on user visits to a particular web site may be accumulated, for example, in connection with a beacon or other tracker placed on the publisher web site. The enhanced content may be provided by the publisher web site or may be generated otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventor: Amit Kumar
  • Patent number: 9026516
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer-readable storage medium, and including a method for providing content. The method comprises receiving a request for content from a user, the request for content being associated with a location and including one or more keywords. The method further comprises determining a prominent entity in proximity to the location and one or more categories associated with the prominent entity. The method further comprises evaluating historical search queries received from the user to determine one or more interests of the user. The method further comprises determining one or more additional keywords based on the evaluating. The method further comprises determining one or more content items based at least in part on the one or more keywords, the categories and the one or more additional keywords. The method further comprises providing the one or more content items responsive to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Chapin, Vibhor Nanavati, Xuefu Wang, Xinyu Tang, Bhavesh R. Mehta, Shalini Agarwal
  • Patent number: 9020935
    Abstract: Standard word lists that are often used for such operations as predictive text, spell checking, and word completion are based on general linguistic data that might not accurately reflect actual text usage patterns of particular users. Systems and methods of building and using a custom word list for use in text operations on an electronic device are provided. A collection of text items associated with a user of the electronic device is scanned to identify words in the text items. A weighting is then assigned to each identified word, and the words and corresponding weightings are stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Robert J. Lowles, Jason T. Griffin, Michael S. Brown
  • Patent number: 9015148
    Abstract: Described is the presenting of suggested queries for web pages that are not search engine results pages, based upon the URL and/or content of a currently displayed page. The suggested query set may be dynamically extracted (locally or remotely) based upon the content of the web page, and/or obtained from a data store of per-URL suggested query sets, e.g., generated from historical logs. Also described are various techniques for generating suggested queries, and user interface mechanisms that display and allow interaction with suggested queries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ryen William White, Robert Rounthwaite, Silviu-Petru Cucerzan
  • Patent number: 9015147
    Abstract: A system and method for allowing a user to more effectively generate focused content results, including audio and/or video content. Content is dynamically filtered to generate content results in response to initial filtering settings or characteristics. The content results are provided to a user. Once the user finds and selects a content result of interest, additional filtering characteristics associated with the selected result are provided to the user as a suggestion for additional filtering. In this manner, the user is made aware of additional filtering settings or characteristics that can be used to focus the search results. Subsequent filter settings and filtering operations can be based on characteristics of previous relevant results in an iterative and dynamic manner. Focused results are more likely produced, because additional filtering settings are provided and adjusted according to characteristics of results deemed relevant by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Porto Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Curtis
  • Patent number: 9002827
    Abstract: The subject mater herein relates to requesting data from a database and, more particularly, to database query table substitution. Various embodiments provide systems, methods, and software to evaluate requests for data from a database and make table substitutions in the request to reduce a number of tables queried. Some embodiments include receiving a data request including data from two or more database table columns and building a list of all database tables specified in the data request. Some such embodiments further include, for each column in the data request, identifying each table from the list of all tables within which the column is present and identifying a least number of one or more tables that together include all of the columns of the data request. The data request may then be modified by changing the table of one or more of the columns in the received data requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Teradata US, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Chaves, Jason Figge, Harold Lee
  • Patent number: 9002828
    Abstract: A system and method for predictive retrieval of content is described. Prior to selection and delivery of content to a mobile device by a personal computer, content is predictively retrieved from storage at the computing device. By predictively retrieving content, the content is available for immediate computing device to mobile device transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Seven Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Trevor Fiatal
  • Patent number: 8996507
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving a search query from a remote device, determining if the search query includes location-related information, and if the search query includes location-related information, generating a first result set based on the search query and the location-related information, and if the search query does not include location-related information, determining whether a location indicator is associated with the remote device, and if a location indicator is associated with the remote device, generating a second result set based on the search query and the location indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Leland Rechis, Scott Jenson, Yael Shacham
  • Patent number: 8996504
    Abstract: A query plan predictor receives a query instance according to a query template having a set of parameters. The query plan predictor determines a plan space point for the query instance which is based upon the set of parameters. The query plan predictor predicts a predicted query plan for the plan space point, which is selected from a map of query plans according to a confidence threshold from a plan cache that includes at least one histogram. Each histogram is representative of a cached query plan in the plan cache combined with a previously-selected locality-sensitive hashing function. The histogram stores a frequency distribution of a mapping of sample plan points for the cached query plan by the locality-sensitive hashing function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Sybase, Inc.
    Inventors: Güneș Aluç, David E. Dehaan, Ivan T. Bowman