Explicit Profile Patents (Class 707/733)
  • Patent number: 10437818
    Abstract: Techniques for providing a supplementary information component to search results are provided. In some embodiments, a search engine computer provides search results in response to the search query. The computer then identifies some interest in an item from the search results, then may generate and provide the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Whitney Gale Spathelf
  • Patent number: 10410128
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and servers for friend recommendation are provided. A user association set of a target user is obtained. Original data of each associated user in the user association set is obtained. The original data include location relationship data, associated friend data, time relationship data, or combinations thereof, between each associated user and the target user. The original data of each associated user is screened to obtain feature data to form a feature collection for each associated user. A pre-configured N-Tree prediction model is used to process the feature collection for a prediction calculation to obtain an association-predicting value for each associated user. According to the association-predicting value of each associated user, a friend user for the target user from the user association set is determined and recommended to the target user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Wenlong Zhang, Feng Jiao, Bin Wang, Lei Zeng, Xiaohui Chen
  • Patent number: 10353974
    Abstract: There are provided methods and systems for generating a refined search engine results page (SERP) for a search query received from a user. A search query result set is generated in response to the search query and displayed to the user on a SERP. A user interest parameter for a search result element is generated based at least in part on user interaction with the search result element on the SERP, based on summing a first and second weight for the search result element on a first and second search result, respectively. A second search query including the initial search query, the search result element, and the user interest parameter as a reformulation of the initial search query indicating significance of the search result element is generated, and the search query results generated in response to the second search query are displayed to the user, thereby generating the refined SERP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: YANDEX EUROPE AG
    Inventor: Igor Evgenyevich Kuralenok
  • Patent number: 10339166
    Abstract: Methods and devices for generating unique and different responses to commands are described herein. Natural language generation techniques may be employed to formulate responses to commands that are tailored to particular users. These responses account for previously provided responses, previously commands that have been made, and/or geographic locations of the requesting individual, for example. In some embodiments, an audible command may be received by a backend system from a voice activated electronic device. Text data may be generated from the audible command, and a user intent of the command is determined. Based on the user intent, a response from a particular application may be obtained. The response may be compared with previously generated responses and, if a similar responses was determined to have been provided previously, one or more different words, or a different arrangement of words, may be used to generate a new response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Remus Razvan Mois, Marco Nicolis
  • Patent number: 10191969
    Abstract: An online system generates a taxonomy to classify objects that resemble each other. To compare different objects against each other, the online system generates canonical form data structures to represent the objects. The online system uses the canonical form data structures to standardize unstructured information about objects, for example, objects received from different sources of information to generate the taxonomy. The online system can determine a level of resemblance between objects based on parameter values of the canonical form data structures. The online system uses the taxonomy to exclude content items that are unlikely to be of interest to a user of the online system. The taxonomy may be represented by a graph data structure including nodes connected by edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Jinghao Yan
  • Patent number: 10169421
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods for generating and executing user-based standing queries are provided. In one aspect, a method includes determining whether to generate a notification based on a user-based query and geographical context. The method also includes filtering the notification through explicit or inferred filter criteria. Systems and machine-readable media are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Brian Edmond Brewington, Gregory Michael Blevins, Guang Yang, Dale Hawkins, Tushar Udeshi, Steve Okamoto, Andrew Kirmse, Gokay Baris Gultekin, Emil Praun, Thomas Carl Stamm, David Singleton, James A. Guggemos, Pablo Bellver, Keir Mierle, Erez Louider
  • Patent number: 10102844
    Abstract: Methods and devices for generating unique and different responses to commands are described herein. Natural language generation techniques may be employed to formulate responses to commands that are tailored to particular users. These responses account for previously provided responses, previously commands that have been made, and/or geographic locations of the requesting individual, for example. In some embodiments, an audible command may be received by a backend system from a voice activated electronic device. Text data may be generated from the audible command, and a user intent of the command is determined. Based on the user intent, a response from a particular application may be obtained. The response may be compared with previously generated responses and, if a similar responses was determined to have been provided previously, one or more different words, or a different arrangement of words, may be used to generate a new response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Remus Razvan Mois, Marco Nicolis
  • Patent number: 10095683
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a search query including one or more n-grams, determining for each n-gram if a contextual speller model indicates the n-gram is misspelled, identifying for each misspelled n-gram one or more variant-tokens based at least on the search query and a contextual speller model, generating one or more unique combinations of the n-grams and variant-tokens, where each unique combination includes a variant-token corresponding to each misspelled n-gram, calculating a relevance-score for each unique combination based at least in part on the search query and the contextual speller model, generating one or more corrected queries, where each corrected query includes a unique combination having a relevance-score greater than a threshold relevance-score, and sending one or more of the corrected queries to a user for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Douglas Hegerty, Daniel Bernhardt, Marcus Holland-Moritz, Rafal Krzysztof Sadziak
  • Patent number: 10075740
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward systems and methods for providing an enhanced live video presentation to one or more viewers of a live video stream. In particular, the systems and methods described herein involve detecting a live video stream at an event and, based on received information about the event, generating a video enhancement overlay for the live video stream. In addition, the systems and methods involve providing, for display to one or more viewers, an enhanced live video presentation that includes the live video stream and the video enhancement overlay including information about the event. In this way, systems and methods described herein facilitate an enhanced user experience for broadcasters and viewers of live video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: George Lewis Kedenburg, III
  • Patent number: 10034055
    Abstract: Examples techniques may involve preference conversion. An example implementation may involve detecting a first input indicating a first preference for a first media provided by a first media provider. The first preference may correspond to a first preference type. The implementation may further involve converting the first preference to a converted first preference. The converted first preference may correspond to a second preference type and the second preference type may correspond to the first media provider. The implementation may further involve sending the converted first preference to the first media provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Maarten van der Heide
  • Patent number: 9977831
    Abstract: A method (and concomitant apparatus and computer-readable medium comprising software) for providing personalized advertising to users of internet web pages comprising providing an index server maintaining a dynamic index to internet web pages and employing a hierarchical plurality of topic categories whose contents are maintained and updated by the index server, permitting a user to specify any subset of the plurality of topic categories, and serving to the user an advertisement based upon the subset specified by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: DISE Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Arvind Raichur, Becky Raichur
  • Patent number: 9916633
    Abstract: Techniques for managing services provided on behalf of a user are provided. A user profile generator accesses a first user profile, applies modifications to the first user profile, and saves the modifications as a second user profile, without modifying the first user profile, such that the first user profile remains saved without modifications. In response to a second user profile invocation input indicating that the second user profile should be invoked, a second provision of services associated with the second user profile are invoked in place of a first provision of services related to the first user profile. The first provision of services related to the first user profile are re-invoked when a determination is made that the second user profile should no longer be invoked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventor: Christopher P. Courtright
  • Patent number: 9846740
    Abstract: A computer system including a memory, at least one processor coupled to the memory, and a search component executable by the at least one processor is provided. The search component is configured to receive information descriptive of at least one search term; execute a first query against a plurality of documents that identifies at least one first document of the plurality of documents responsive to the at least one search term; identify one or more secondary terms associated with the at least one first document based on occurrence of the one or more secondary terms within the at least one first document; and provide a search result including at least one of the one or more secondary terms and one or more identifiers of one or more documents including the one or more secondary terms. The search result may also include one or more identifiers of bookmarked documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: MIMECAST SERVICES LTD.
    Inventors: Christopher David Bamford, Clive Nicholas Jordan
  • Patent number: 9811594
    Abstract: An abbreviation definition database is generated by analyzing online collaborative session participant content. An unexplained abbreviation is located in content currently being presented in an online collaborative session system. A definition for the unexplained abbreviation is determined from content of the abbreviation definition database. The determined definition is presented with the currently presented content through the online collaborative session system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Wu Yuan, Huang Haihua, Wang Qian
  • Patent number: 9772765
    Abstract: Alternative search queries are provided by: determining alternative search paths for terms in a current search query; receiving a user selection of one or more terms in the current search query; providing a graphical display of one or more alternative search paths for the selected terms; receiving a user selection of at least a portion of one of the alternative search paths to be a new search query; and displaying search results for the new search query. The new search query may then become the current search query, and the determining of the alternative search paths, the receiving of the user selection of the one or more terms in the current search query, and the providing of the graphical display of alternative search paths for the selected terms are performed for the new search query as the current search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Trudy L. Hewitt, Lee A. Jacobson, Luc G. LeBlanc, Michael S. Thomason
  • Patent number: 9710950
    Abstract: A sprite sheet generation mechanism includes providing a sprite sheet generation engine host, which may be an authoring application. The host loads code that describes sprite sheet format information and a set of ordered images into the sprite sheet generation engine. The code is from code resources may be plug-ins created by a user and managed by a plug-in type manager. The sprite sheet generation engine is operated using the sprite sheet format information and the set of ordered images to generate a sprite sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Henry David Spells, III, Peter W. Moody
  • Patent number: 9672253
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for ranking one or more documents that are responsive to a search query. A document that is responsive to the search query may be ranked based on a data measure of the document that is indicative of an amount of data usage required to load the document. In some implementations, the data measure of the document may be a measured value based on actual data usage during retrieval of the document. In some implementations, the ranking of two or more documents may be based on comparison of the data measures of the two or more documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Minkoo Seo
  • Patent number: 9594767
    Abstract: Provided are a computer program product, system, and method for providing access to documents of friends in an online document sharing community based on whether the friends' documents are public or private. A request is received from a requesting participant computer for a page. A determination is made, from participant information for the requesting participant, friends of the requesting participant and participant information in the database for the determined friends. A further determination is made of documents owned by the friends. A further determination is made as to whether document information for the determined documents owned by the friends indicates the documents as public or private. The page includes information on the friends and access elements to provide access to the content of the determined documents of the friends that are indicated as public.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: David W. Victor
  • Patent number: 9576053
    Abstract: A method and system for ranking an object that contains one or more keywords is disclosed. All linking objects are retrieved that contain a keyword of interest. Each linking object links to the object to be ranked. The locations of each link in each linking object are determined relative to the keywords in the linking objects. A drop off rate is computed for the keyword in each of the linking objects. A perceived importance of the keyword in the each of the linking objects is computed. A partial link rating for each of the linking objects is computed. A total link rating is computed for the at least one keyword across all linking objects. The link ratings each keyword is stored in the object to be ranked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Charles J. Reed
  • Patent number: 9548951
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus related to providing additional information related to a vague term in a message. For example, in some implementations, one or more messages sent by a sender and received by one or more recipients may be identified, a vague term in the message may be identified, a user-restricted database may be identified that is associated with the sender or a recipient, and additional information related to the vague term may be determined from the user-restricted database. A vague term is a term which may have multiple meanings and that can be clarified with additional information. In some implementations, user-restricted databases may include additional information that is associated with the user that may be utilized to replace the vague term with a clarified term. In some implementations, a user-restricted database may be utilized to identify additional information in another database that may be utilized to clarify the vague term.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Tomkins, Shanmugasundaram Ravikumar, Shalini Agarwal, MyLinh Yang, Bo Pang, Mark Yinan Li
  • Patent number: 9519716
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system for conducting a profile based search. The method and system includes receiving a search request including one or more search terms from a user, parsing the search request into categorical verticals, determining search refinement data relative to the categorical verticals, the search refinement data including at least one of: profile information, environmental data relative to the search request and historical behavior data relating to the search request or the user and accessing a database of aggregated search data based on the search refinement data. The method and system includes using the aggregated search data, determining a most relevant search query and a most relevant user profile, refining the search request based on the most relevant search query and most relevant user profile and generating an output display of a search result set based on the refined search request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventors: Athellina Athsani, M. Cameron Jones, Lawrence Gordon Tesler, Elizabeth F. Churchill
  • Patent number: 9483553
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method is disclosed, comprising: receiving a query comprising at least one unrecognized element in a repository; mapping the query with a plurality of knowledge references to identify one or more words comprising one or more elements related to the unrecognized element of the query; identifying the relationship of the unrecognized element and the words, wherein the relationship is derived using a parent and sibling relationship; determining, by the one or more hardware processors, a number of occurrences of the one or more elements related to the unrecognized element; assigning, by the one or more hardware processors, a weight to an element from the one or more elements, wherein the one or more elements are related to the unrecognized element based upon the number of occurrences; and determining, by the one or more hardware processors, a relevance of the query using the weight assigned to the element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Srikar Chilakamarri, Chalasani Rishitha
  • Patent number: 9361401
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and machine-readable and executable instructions are provided for relevance map linking. Relevance map linking can include identifying a user as a user node that is associated with a number of user resources. Relevance map linking can also include finding a number of related resources that are associated with the number of user resources and defining the number of related resources as a number of related resource nodes. Relevance map linking can include defining a number of related resource relevance maps for the number of related resource nodes. Relevance map linking can include defining a user relevance map for the user node wherein the user relevance map links the number of related resource nodes and the user node based on the number of resource relevance maps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Omer Barkol, Shahar Golan
  • Patent number: 9230265
    Abstract: An entity provides a competitive block list for one or more of its objects in a social networking system. The competitive block list identifies advertisers or other entities prevented from targeting advertisements based on connections between users and objects of the entity. If a later received advertisement is targeted based on a connection between a user and an object of the entity, the social networking system determines whether the advertiser associated with the advertisement is included on the competitive block list. If the competitive block list includes the advertiser, the advertisement is determined not to be valid, and not presented to users. Otherwise, the advertisement is determined to be valid, and may be presented to users thereafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Thomas Boland, Gokul Rajaram
  • Patent number: 9213954
    Abstract: Techniques for managing a virtual workspace include generating a virtual workspace viewable by a user on a graphical user interface, the virtual workspace comprising one or more workspace modules comprising data contained in a plurality of data objects associated with a business enterprise; identifying an interaction by the user with at least some of the data contained in a particular data object of the plurality of data objects; generating a plurality of suggestions comprising data contained in the plurality of data objects that is semantically related to the data interacted with by the user; ranking the plurality of suggestions based on a role of the user in the business enterprise; and presenting at least a portion of the ranked plurality of suggestions to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: SAP Portals Israel Ltd
    Inventors: Dmitry Khalatov, Avi Guzansky, Ran Gross, Yahali Sherman, Vitaly Vainer
  • Patent number: 9152681
    Abstract: A server executing a social media identity and discovery application and method are provided that scan social networking sites for communications. The target content is found with content indicators when communications are put on a social networking site. The content is recorded and evaluated. If the identified content is contextually significant, the alias and the user account data and/or user data from public records are correlated based on keywords and/or events, and a notification of the correlation is sent to an agency, agent, or a contact center system. The agent or agency may verify that the identity of a poster has been accurately correlated with a customer record in the database or with user data from public records. The agent, the agency, or the system has the opportunity to respond to the communication, despite the anonymity of the poster on the social networking site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: George Erhart, Valentine C. Matula, David Skiba
  • Publication number: 20150142793
    Abstract: The field of the invention relates to systems and methods for data mining and processing, and more particularly to systems and methods for automating content from performance assessment data. In one embodiment, an automated notes and categorization system may include a primary database comprising performance assessment data. The primary database is operatively coupled to a computer program product having a computer-usable medium having a sequence of instructions which, when executed by a processor, causes said processor to execute a process that analyzes and converts raw performance data into automated content that presents data in readable user friendly form to facilitate human understanding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Kenny Kendrena, John G. Donchetz, Randall Rupert Istre
  • Patent number: 9037582
    Abstract: A method for matching a first object of a first type with a second object of a second type includes reviving one or more qualifications blocks to be applied to the first object, determining a set of qualifications for each of the one or more qualifications blocks, applying each qualification of the sets of qualifications associated with each qualification block to the first object, and matching the first object to the second object based on the applied sets of qualifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Robin Sperle, Heinz Schillinger, Mathias Schoenecker
  • Publication number: 20150134654
    Abstract: Systems and methods for content identification, selection, organization and distribution are described. Content is identified or represented by one or more moods conveyed by the content to users. Once moods are identified for the content, the content can be searched based on those moods using ranges or sensory perception. Range-based searches are performed by looking for content having corresponding ranges and ranked based on the level of correspondence. Sensory mood searches are based on a user's association with the sensory information provided. Negative limitations may be used to exclude certain content that might otherwise be ranked based on the level of correspondence. Different types of content may be presented to users through a variety of different interfaces that are appropriate for the content. Distribution of content may be structured based on the moods associated with the content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Jacquelyn Fuzell-Casey
  • Patent number: 9031945
    Abstract: A system receives a search query from a user and searches a corpus of documents using the received search query to determine a set of search results. The system provides the set of search results to the user and receives a request from the user to save one or more selected search results of the set of search results. The system saves the selected one or more results in a database in response to the request and uses the saved one or more results as indicators of search result quality for subsequent related searches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Shumeet Baluja, Michael Frumkin
  • Publication number: 20150120722
    Abstract: A system for providing content recommendations, including a frontend manager for receiving explicit events from a client application of a user and generating implicit events based upon additional user actions within the client application; a backend storage of data on events and users and an Online Data Store for the explicit events and the implicit events; a Data Processor for creating an explicit user model from the explicit events and an implicit user model from the implicit events; a pool of recommendation engines with one or more recommendation algorithms for receiving the explicit user model and assigning a ranked recommendation list of content items to the user as a result, and further including an aggregator controlled by the Data Processor for aggregating the ranked recommendation lists based on a user-dependent strategy, in order to obtain multiple content recommendation lists of ranked items to be delivered by the frontend server to the client application in a final arrangement, pull from the Onlin
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: TELEFONICA DIGITAL ESPANA, S.L.U.
    Inventors: Manuel MARTÍN MARTÍNEZ, Paulo VILLEGAS NÚÑEZ, Juan José ANDRÉS GUTIÉRREZ
  • Patent number: 9020938
    Abstract: A method includes: generating profile data for users including a first user, the profile data related to contacts or persons used in messages to or from each user; generating, via a server platform, parameters corresponding to the profile data for ranking contacts or persons; and transmitting the parameters to client devices to allow each client device to determine ranks of contacts or persons in the profile data based on the parameters and a function that uses the parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Frank J. Cort, Joshua Robert Russell Jacobson
  • Patent number: 8997154
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller to receive a request for media content from a set top box of an Internet Protocol Television System, perform a search of one or more storage devices associated with other set top boxes for the media content based at least in part on a user profile associated with the set top box where the other set top boxes are located remotely from the set top box, receive the media content, and adjust a format of the media content prior to delivery to the set top box based at least in part on the user profile. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Ahmad Ansari
  • Patent number: 8990229
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for supplying a multimedia content proxy. According to the invention, the method comprises: the step of receiving at least one instance of at least one model of a profiled multimedia scene adapted to a predetermined profile of users having at least one common parameter and from a loom server; the step of storing in said content proxy said at least one instance of said at least one model of profiled multimedia scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Streamezzo
    Inventors: Philippe Lafoucriere, Vincent Dupain, Benoît Cantin, Jean-Claude Dufourd
  • Patent number: 8990197
    Abstract: A distributed information network is constructed for gathering information from sites distributed across a globally accessible computer network, i.e., the Internet. The distributed information network preferably includes a root server that stores a list of multiple distributed sites each represented by metadata. A network browser delivers an information search request to the root server, which in response develops a profiled information search request. The information provider of each of the distributed sites stores metadata corresponding to information content that is retrievable in response to the profiled information search request for search results derivable from the information content to which the metadata correspond. A profiled information communication link between the root server and each of the multiple distribution sites enables formation of a path for delivery of the search results to a destination site, from a site or sites represented by the metadata of the profiled information search request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Thinkstream, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael K. Malone, Jon David Loucks, Robert K. Terhune, III, Cameron W. Cotrill
  • Publication number: 20150081692
    Abstract: The implementations described herein include methods and systems for displaying graphical representations of datasets. A method is performed at a computer having one or more processors and memory storing programs for execution by the processors. The method receives a request from a user to display a graphical representation of a dataset. In response to the request, the method identifies a plurality of alternative graphical representations of the dataset. Each alternative graphical representation has a respective associated view type. The method ranks the plurality of alternative graphical representations in accordance with a rating system. The rating system is based on a set of criteria, which includes at least one user-specific criterion. The method selects for display a resulting graphical representation from among the plurality of alternative graphical representations based on the ranking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jock Douglas Mackinlay, Christopher Richard Stolte, Patrick Hanrahan
  • Patent number: 8972400
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a profile data management system provides a central repository for data and information associated with a user. The information may be presented through an electronic user interface as a profile of the user. In an embodiment, the profile data management system maintains profiles for many users and enables users and/or secondary users to submit information and to modify the user profiles. Modifications are made to user profiles when the submitted information is sufficiently reliable. In general, the method of building and modifying profiles in the profile data management system based on the contributions of many users may be referred to as crowdsourcing profiles. Crowdsourcing profiles may advantageously enable the generation and verification of large amounts of data related to many individuals. The crowdsourcing profiles model allows secondary users to provide updates, modifications, comments, ratings, preferences, and/or other inputs to the profile data management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: ConsumerInfo.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Kapczynski, Michael John Dean
  • Publication number: 20150046445
    Abstract: A presentation of search results may be improved. An indication that identifies a user may be received. A search authority model may be formed to represent information related to the user. A search query may be received from a searching user. Search results may be determined based on the terms included within the search query and the search results may be ranked or grouped based on the search authority model. Additionally, or alternatively, the search query may be adjusted based on the search authority model and search results may be determined based on the adjusted search query. In either case, the search results may be made perceivable to the searching user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Michael SOMMERS, Harmannus Vandermolen
  • Publication number: 20150026173
    Abstract: The field of the invention relates to systems and methods for operation of a matching service, and more specifically to operation of a matching service utilizing electronic data related to participants' experiences, e.g., locations visited and activities completed. In an embodiment, the system includes a matching server system, operatively coupled to a network, configured to calculate a compatibility value generated from correlating a first user match profile with a second user match profile, such correlation resulting in a potential match if the compatibility value exceeds a predetermined threshold, and at least one user device, operatively coupled to the network, wherein the user device is configured to enable users to post and respond to user experiences. When a second user responds to the posting of the first user, the compatibility value correlating the first user match profile with the second user match profile is increased. The user experiences include at least one of places and activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Arvind Mishra, Christine Hoo Elfalan, Evelina Rodriguez
  • Publication number: 20150012531
    Abstract: An online system collects extensive profile information from users, performs a matching process that identifies best matches between users as potential friends, and performs a bonding process that challenges the matched users to tasks that serve to reinforce and deepen the level of friendship between the matched users. The bonding process includes a plurality of increasingly more personal levels of friendship that are achieved by accomplishing a plurality of increasingly personal challenges that must be completed before moving on to the next level. The ultimate level of bonding is best friends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Jesse Armstrong
  • Patent number: 8930398
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for improving a resume according to a job description, including generating a first user profile signature based on a first user profile element associated with a user, generating a first job description signature based on a first job description element associated with a job description; and comparing the first user profile signature with the first job description signature to determine a first score indicating a strength of a match between the first user profile element and the job description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Careerimp, Inc.
    Inventors: Ayan Kishore, Paul A. Sutcliffe, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8918391
    Abstract: A computer network implemented peer forum system and method enabling question and answer rates to be increased by automatically routing questions and receiving answers to and from peers. Information is input into network via a user interface. A peer forum system enables users to ask and answer questions. A forums database captures questions and answers provided via the peer forum system. A stage database pulls and stores questions from the forums database. A question router pulls the questions from the stage database and finds peers who can answer the questions using a peer search module that uses implicit and explicit user profiles to determine the best subject matter experts to answer the questions. A set of throttle rules is associated with the question router for determining if a peer is eligible to answer a question. A delivery system delivers a communication to eligible peers requesting an answer to the question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Gartner, Inc.
    Inventors: Nir Polonsky, Brian Keif, Girish Malangi, Maria Patterson, Andrew Rosenblatt, Malini Vittal
  • Patent number: 8910052
    Abstract: A user profile for a user of a social networking system may include experiences, such as work, educational, travel, and interests. The social networking system provides a profile page for a user's user profile that allows the user to tag other users as being involved in or otherwise associated with the user's experiences. Once another user is tagged in an experience, a corresponding tag is added to the tagged user's user profile, and that experience is added as well if not already included in the profile. Tagging users in experiences allows a viewer to see connections between experiences of users of the social networking system and promotes more detailed user profiles that contain experiences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Deng, William Joseph Flynn, III, Josh Wiseman, Matthew Cahill, Philip Sanghoon Rha, Martin Smith
  • Patent number: 8903818
    Abstract: A server constituted a processor and a server memory, the processor arranged to: provide a selectable plurality of attributes, the plurality of attributes stored on the server memory; provide, for each selected one of the plurality of attributes, a selectable plurality of values, the plurality of values stored on the server memory; and generate an archetype responsive to the selected values of the selected attributes. Preferably, a system exhibiting the server and a user computing station in communication with the server, is provided, the user computing station comprising a user input device, wherein each of the selected one of the plurality of attributes is selected responsive to the user input device, and wherein each of the selected one of the plurality of values for each of the selected one of the plurality of attributes is selected responsive to the user input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventors: Mordehai Margalit, Avishai Maloul
  • Publication number: 20140337333
    Abstract: A system and method of providing customized hair care information including the step of gathering data on an individual's hair. The system and method includes the step of creating, within a computerized system, an account. The system and method includes storing the gathered data in association with the account in a computerized data storage device. The system and method include the step of analyzing the stored data using a processor in association with a computerized knowledge base thereby generating account analytics. The step of analyzing stored data from a plurality of diverse accounts includes the step of grouping the analyzed stored data by at least one category selected from the group of categories consisting of: race/ethnicity, hair color, hair composition, hair style, hair length, hair thickness, and hair curliness. The system and method includes automatically generating a customized hair report based on the account analytics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Crystal Elaine Porter
  • Patent number: 8886633
    Abstract: A searching system may include a primary server with interfaces for communication with databases or with underlying search engines. The primary server may be adapted to receive a search query from a client under instructions from a user; and retrieve search results and transmit the results as a response to the client. The primary server may be adapted to store search data sets of relevant results for queries by users who are member of the set. The primary server may be adapted to select a search data set of which the user for the query is a member, and to use said search data set in providing the response to the query. The primary server may be adapted to download data concerning the selected search data set to the user. The primary server may be adapted to automatically update the search data set according to the results selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: HeyStaks Technology Limited
    Inventors: Barry Smyth, Maurice Coyle, Peter Briggs
  • Patent number: 8886645
    Abstract: A method and system for matching a search request to a human assistant and/or other items based on information indicated in a profile associated with the search request is described. A ranking of a guide is determined based on matching of information associated with the guide and information associated with a search request. Profile information such as demographic, geographic, personality, areas of interest, people, hobbies, etc. may be used in addition to other information such as keywords or categories which are associated with a request in order to select a guide. Items such as a search result, an advertisement, a search resource, a previous query, etc. may be selected based on profile information associated with the item. Profile information may be associated with an item based on profile information associated with a guide and/or a user who has expressed an opinion regarding the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventors: Scott A. Jones, Thomas E. Cooper
  • Patent number: 8886644
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure can be embodied in a method that includes receiving a search query from a user via an interface of a search engine. User-selected options are identified for excluding at least one search category in a plurality of predetermined search categories. Each search category corresponds to one or more query signals and page signals used by the search engine to execute search queries. The search query is executed based on the user-selected options, one or more query signals related to the search query received from the user, and one or more page signals related to each potential result of the search query to be executed. Search results are provided to the user based on the executed search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: John Richard Stracke, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8874567
    Abstract: A search engine provides personalized rankings of search results. A user interest profile identifies topics of interest to a user. Each topic is associated with one or more sites, and a boost value, which can be used to augment an information retrieval score of any document from the site. Search results from any search are provided to the user, with a variable control of the ranking of the results. The results can be ranked by their unboosted information retrieval score, thus reflecting no personalization, or by their fully or partially boosted information retrieval scores. This allows the user to selectively control how their interests affect the ranking of the documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Taher H. Haveliwala, Glen M. Jeh, Sepandar D. Kamvar
  • Publication number: 20140317107
    Abstract: A system and method for updating and correcting the location of geospatial entities, the method comprising receiving at a server from a mobile device operated by a first user, a proposed location for a geospatial entity, the proposed location determined by a wireless location system, and based upon a current location of the mobile device; providing information about the proposed location for the geospatial entity to a first plurality of other users; receiving votes from the first plurality of users as to whether the proposed location is correct and responsive to the received votes, determining whether to update the location information for the geospatial entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Chaitanya Gharpure, Charles L. Chen, Tiruvilwamalai Venkatraman Raman