Based On Query History Patents (Class 707/768)
  • Patent number: 10296578
    Abstract: Data elements from an input document can be automatically organized into rows and columns in a structured output document using a grouping process that automatically applies matching criteria based on horizontal position, data content and horizontal extent and tests for horizontal overlaps between data elements and neighbors of data elements in existing groups, assigns columns to those groups based on horizontal positions of data elements from groups that have already been assigned to columns. Rows may be assigned to data elements based on those data elements' vertical positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Paycor, Inc.
    Inventor: Matt Maslin
  • Patent number: 10156964
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and methods for managing large user selections in an application. An invertible collection software module solves the problem of managing a large number of user selections within an application. When not inverted, the invertible collection tracks what a user has selected. When inverted, the invertible collection tracks what a user has not selected thus saving memory. One method may comprise defining a specific context having a set of items available for user selection, representing, by an empty inverted invertible collection, the selection of all items within the specific context, tracking one or more items a user has deselected within the specific context depending upon whether the collection is inverted or not inverted and tracking one or more items a user has deselected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony P. Scherk, Timothy R. Schwarzen, Timothy G. Shanahan, Gregory R. E. Wiley
  • Patent number: 10063932
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for presenting additional information related to an emergency alert. A media guidance application may detect that a new emergency alert has been received. The media guidance application may then perform a search of various content sources (e.g., program listings, the Internet, etc.) for content related to the emergency alert. The media guidance application may then present the search results in a contextual menu enabling the user to access content of the search results. The media guidance application may also provide more options, such as, recording or pausing media content that the user was in the process of consuming when the emergency alert was generated, and an option to the user not to bring up the contextual menu again if the same emergency alert is repeated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Thomas Ward
  • Patent number: 9886426
    Abstract: An input SVG file to be processed is accessed. Reusable symbols in the input SVG are identified, e.g., which satisfy a symbol size requirement. A set of symbols are selected from among the identified reusable symbols for conversion to glyphs of a custom binary font, e.g., based on symbol occurrence frequency. A binary font file is created corresponding to set the selected identified symbols in the SVG input file. An SVG output file is created including: binary font glyph definitions corresponding to the converted identified symbols, definitions of symbols from the SVG input file which have not been converted to glyphs and information indicating where the glyphs and symbols, which were not converted, are to be placed on an output display page. The generated SVG output file is a more efficient SVG file than the input SVG file. Different custom binary font files are created for different SVG input pages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: ACCUSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Garland S Taylor
  • Patent number: 9672288
    Abstract: Briefly, embodiments of methods and/or systems for providing enhancements to search query processing are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Hui Wu, Shenhong Zhu, Huming Wu
  • Patent number: 9646050
    Abstract: Mechanisms for interpreting queries are provided. In some implementations, a method for interpreting queries is provided, comprising: receiving a search query in a search domain; determining search terms based on the search query; determining, for each of the search terms, whether a search term corresponds to an entity name, wherein the entity name is derived from metadata associated with the search domain; in response to determining that entity names correspond to a portion of the search terms, determining an entity type and an entity score associated with each of the corresponding entity names; determining a remaining portion of the entity names by removing at least one of the matching entity names based on the entity score and contextual information in the search query; and performing a search in the search domain with the remaining portion of entity names, wherein each entity name in the remaining portion of entity names is searched corresponding to the associated entity type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Yongsung Kim
  • Patent number: 9275113
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus, including computer program products are described for ranking content items identified by a search engine and delivering corresponding search results. In one aspect, search engine user language preference data is stored in association with user content item selection records. Analysis of the records is performed to identify content items that appeal to users having common language preferences. Query results can be ranked based on the language preference of the current user and/or the user's query and data derived from the selection records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mayur Datar, Kedar Dhamdhere, Ashutosh Garg
  • Patent number: 9218187
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and methods for managing large user selections in an application. An invertible collection software module solves the problem of managing a large number of user selections within an application. When not inverted, the invertible collection tracks what a user has selected. When inverted, the invertible collection tracks what a user has not selected thus saving memory. One method may comprise defining a specific context having a set of items available for user selection, representing, by an empty inverted invertible collection, the selection of all items within the specific context, tracking one or more items a user has deselected within the specific context depending upon whether the collection is inverted or not inverted and tracking one or more items a user has deselected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony P. Scherk, Timothy R. Schwarzen, Timothy G. Shanahan, Gregory R. E. Wiley
  • Patent number: 9135330
    Abstract: A system and method of query expansion are disclosed. A query expansion source, a query expansion candidate, and feature data for the query expansion source and the query expansion candidate are received. The feature data comprises information for a plurality of features. A determination is made as to whether the query expansion candidate qualifies as an expansion of the query expansion source based on an analysis of the information for the plurality of features. The query expansion candidate is assigned as an expanded query of the query expansion source in a query expansion dictionary in response to a determination that the query expansion candidate qualifies as an expansion of the query expansion source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Ravi Chandra Jammalamadaka, Vamsi Krishna Salaka, Brian Scott Johnson, Tracy Holloway King
  • Patent number: 9123012
    Abstract: Methods and systems for defining packaging components are provided. An exemplary embodiment provides an expert system (508) for defining packaging components. The expert system includes a processor (512) and a memory (514). The memory (514) includes code (510) configured to direct the processor (512) to obtain a product definition, obtain lifecycle parameters, and access a database (518, 522, or 524) to identify packaging components that match the lifecycle parameters and product definition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Ehud Chatow, Benjamin I. Dempster, Alysha Naples
  • Patent number: 9031970
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for obtaining query completions. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a query input in a search engine query input field in a user interface. The method also includes submitting the query input as a first query stem to an autocompletion module. The method also includes receiving a first response from the autocompletion module, the first response providing no first query autocompletions. The method also includes submitting a second query stem to the autocompletion module, the second query stem being the first query stem with a first prefix removed. The method also includes receiving a second response from the autocompletion module including one or more second autocompletions satisfying a second quality test. The method also includes providing second autocompletions for presentation on the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Abhinandan S. Das, Bartlomiej Niechwiej, Jonathan J. Effrat, Marcin K. Wichary
  • Publication number: 20150127676
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and systems for incorporating user generated content into a web page are disclosed. In particular, embodiments of such systems and methods may incorporate user generated content into a web page such that the user generated content can be consumed by indexers associated with search engines in association with that web page. Additionally, embodiments may also provide a mechanism by which user generated content may be received and included in a web page when that web page is rendered. Using embodiments as disclosed herein user generated content may be exposed to a search engine indexer in a web page while still providing a mechanism for incorporating the freshest user generated content in such a web page. Embodiments may also improve the ability of search engines or search engine indexers to determine the site of origin for such user content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Lee DeHaven, David Alan Gee, Subbalakshmi Iyer
  • Patent number: 9026547
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method comprises performing a first search based on a first text string; based on the first search, identifying one or more search results; after identifying the one or more search results, causing the one or more search results to be displayed; while the one or more search results are displayed: receiving input that changes the first text string to a modified text string; in response to receiving the input: performing a second search based, at least in part, on a portion of the modified text string, and determining that no search results are identified based on the second search; after determining that no search results are identified based on the second search, continuing to display the one or more search results; wherein the method is performed by one or more computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Coupons.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Jeffrey Roloff
  • Publication number: 20150113016
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including a setting unit that sets a search character string, a searching unit that searches information including the set search character string, and a determining unit that extracts a co-occurrence character string candidate group other than partial character strings appearing as only a part of other partial character strings, among all partial character strings appearing in a plurality of pieces of the information obtained as a search result, and determines a co-occurrence character string from the co-occurrence character string candidate group, on the basis of the extracted co-occurrence character string candidate group and kinds of characters used in characters before and after the co-occurrence character string candidate group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Takuya FUJITA, Mitsuhiro MIYAZAKI, Takehiro HAGIWARA, Takahito MIGITA, Hiroyuki MASUDA, Katsuyoshi KANEMOTO, Masahiro MORITA
  • Publication number: 20150106397
    Abstract: There is provided a computer-implemented method of optimizing a query. An exemplary method retrieves a subset of rows from a sample table based on a query for a table associated with the sample table. The query specifies the table. The sample table is generated in a previous optimization of the query. The sample table includes a scrambled, random selection of rows from the table. A cardinality of the table is determined based on the subset. A query plan is generated based on the query and the cardinality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Roger Mitchell, Renu Varshneya, Awny K. Al-Omari
  • Patent number: 8996561
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product are disclosed for searching for data. In one embodiment, the invention provides a method comprising identifying a query and a search scope including a set of specified entities; and for each of these entities, estimating a number of documents that would be identified in a search through the entity to answer the query. On the basis of this estimating, a subset of the entities is formed. The query and this subset of entities are sent to a search engine to search the subset of entities to answer the query. In one embodiment, the estimating includes collecting statistical information from queries to build up a historical cache using heuristics or machine learning techniques, wherein the query includes a key word and a scope, and the historical cache contains a maximum number of returned results for an entity given the queries executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yu Deng, Murthy V. Devarakonda, Rafah A. Hosn, Nithya Rajamani, Norbert G. Vogl
  • Patent number: 8996554
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods for contextual query revision are disclosed. A current search query is received during a search session. The current search query includes one or more current search tokens. Potentially inaccurate search tokens are identified from the one or more current search tokens. A possible replacement token is identified based upon the potentially inaccurate search token. A group of related tokens is identified from query logs, and a modified search query is generated if the replacement token is not included in the related tokens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Ashutosh Garg, Kedar Dhamdhere
  • 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: 8990258
    Abstract: The present disclosure enables users to interactively create, customize, and execute reports on data stored in databases using only a web browser. The user can create, customize, and execute reports by selecting various report elements including, for example, data sources, fields, filters, labels, charts, dashboards, and the like. Advantageously, the present invention enables users to create the reports through an Internet connection, without any special software, such as web browser plug-ins, database applications, and the like, without knowledge of data access languages, such as SQL, and without direct access to a database server. The present invention can directly connect to a plurality of different database types through a virtual or physical network connection. It fully functions without requiring the creation of additional configuration items like catalogs, models or secondary schemas by a programmer or database administrator (DBA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Izenda, Inc.
    Inventor: Sanjay Bhatia
  • Patent number: 8984000
    Abstract: A process, system and computer software are provided to facilitate at least one recommendation to one or more users and/or one or more applications using multidimensional data. In particular, a multidimensional space is defined, wherein each dimension is capable of providing variable information. At least one dimension corresponds to user profiles. The multidimensional space is filled with multidimensional data corresponding to dimensions of the multidimensional space. Then, information from the multidimensional space is retrieved. Further, the recommendation is generated based on the retrieved information. In addition, it is possible to generate a recommendation-specific query. This can be performed by generating the recommendation-specific query to access a multidimensional cube and retrieve data stored therein. Then, the recommendation can be issued based on the data retrieved from the multidimensional cube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Tuzhilin, Gediminas Adomavicius
  • Patent number: 8977640
    Abstract: A method of processing a supply query is described. The method includes receiving a first supply query comprising a first set of attributes. A size of the first set of attributes is compared to a threshold value. A second supply query comprising a second set of attributes is generated when the comparison indicates that the size of the first set of attributes is greater than the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Ramana Yerneni, Saurabh Sodani, Jayanth Anandaram
  • Patent number: 8972435
    Abstract: Query suggestions are generated based on a Breadth-First-Search having a configurable decaying radius. A computer system receives an initial set of semantically similar queries. The computer system expands the set to include related terms. The set of related terms is included in the initial set. The expansion process is repeated for each query or related term in the set. The radius may be reduced for each subsequent related term added to the query. The process may stop when the radius reaches a specified threshold, e.g., a predetermined number of queries or terms for the set is reached. The set includes the related terms and search queries. The set may be used for, among other things, suggesting related terms to a researcher, improving search engine performance, or selecting appropriate advertisements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Marcelo De Barros, Manish Mittal
  • Patent number: 8972370
    Abstract: Provided in the present invention is a repetitive fusion search method for a search system, in which: a search interface 20 displays parameter numerical value setting fields 25 for setting a numerical value for each of multiple instinct based feature parameters in order to input instinct based rating information, and a text input field 24 and a keyword selection field 26 for inputting keywords; and a search engine 13 searches, in response to search inputs input by a searcher using the search interface, a search target database 11 based on the keywords and extracts relevant targets, determines priority for the relevant targets based on the instinct based rating information, and transmits the relevant targets to the search interface 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Tokyo Denki University
    Inventors: Setsuo Tsuruta, Yoshitaka Sakurai
  • Patent number: 8966179
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods for temporarily storing history of a web browsing session are provided. In one aspect, the method includes receiving a request to temporarily store session information for a web browsing session comprising at least one request to view a web page. The method also includes compressing data for the session information associated with the web browsing session, and storing the compressed data for the session information associated with the web browsing session only in a volatile memory. The compressed data for the session information stored in the volatile memory is lost when power to the volatile memory is off. A reference to the compressed data for the session information in the volatile memory is removed when the web browsing session is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Meng Wang, Arnaud Claude Weber
  • Patent number: 8959103
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for evaluating a query term reordering rule. In one aspect, a method includes accessing query log data that identifies, for an initial search query, two or more query terms that are included in a particular order in the initial search query, search results that were generated using the initial search query, and a particular search result selected by the user. A determination is made, using the query log data, that the particular search result includes the two or more query terms in a different order than the particular order in which the two or more query terms are ordered in the initial search query. In response to this determination, a click count is incremented for a query term reordering rule associated with the two or more query terms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Dan Popovici
  • Patent number: 8959106
    Abstract: Techniques for loading Java classes referenced in a continuous query. In one set of embodiments, the Java classes can be loaded based on a class space defined for an application considered to be in scope for the query. In another set of embodiments, the Java classes can be loaded based on a server class space that includes all exported classes visible to the event processing system executing the query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Alexandre de Castro Alves, Anand Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 8954429
    Abstract: Implementing query classification includes receiving a core term from a search query responsive to execution of a first module. The first module searches a table for the core term and yields a first result. The query classification also includes receiving a second result from the search query responsive to execution of a second module. The second module searches an index of terms that are mapped to documents and corresponding categories in the index. The second result is indicative of one of the corresponding categories in the index based on a probability score. Upon determining the first result is a category associated with the core term in the table, the query classification also includes calculating a weighted average for the first result and the second result. The calculation yields a third result. The query classification further includes transmitting the third result to a computer device that generated the query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ritesh Jitendra Agrawal, Irwin King, Remi Zajac
  • Patent number: 8949226
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for searching digital receipts at a mobile device. A customer mobile device receives and stores one or more digital receipts. The one or more digital receipts correspond to transactions conducted with a merchant. A user can select search criteria for searching stored digital receipts. The search criteria can be applied to stored digital receipts. Any stored digital receipts that satisfy the search criteria can be returned for display. In some embodiments, search criteria are selected to search for digital receipts associated with a specified payment method, such as, for example, cash, check, credit card, debit card, gift card, etc. In other embodiments, search criteria are selected to search for digital receipts having a purchase date within a specified purchase date range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 8930243
    Abstract: A process, system and computer software are provided to facilitate at least one recommendation to one or more users and/or one or more applications using multidimensional data. In particular, a multidimensional space is defined, wherein each dimension is capable of providing variable information. At least one dimension corresponds to user profiles. The multidimensional space is filled with multidimensional data corresponding to dimensions of the multidimensional space. Then, information from the multidimensional space is retrieved. Further, the recommendation is generated based on the retrieved information. In addition, it is possible to generate a recommendation-specific query. This can be performed by generating the recommendation-specific query to access a multidimensional cube and retrieve data stored therein. Then, the recommendation can be issued based on the data retrieved from the multidimensional cube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Tuzhilin, Gediminas Adomavicius
  • Patent number: 8924403
    Abstract: A method and system for central data querying are provided. A user parameter requesting data is retrieved. A device is determined based upon the user parameter. A query is generated based upon the user parameter. The query is executed in the device to extract the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Stefan Boller, Sigo Henkel, Ramprasad S, Paresh Deshpande
  • Patent number: 8924264
    Abstract: A process, system and computer software are provided to facilitate at least one recommendation to one or more users and/or one or more applications using multidimensional data. In particular, a multidimensional space is defined, wherein each dimension is capable of providing variable information. At least one dimension corresponds to user profiles. The multidimensional space is filled with multidimensional data corresponding to dimensions of the multidimensional space. Then, information from the multidimensional space is retrieved. Further, the recommendation is generated based on the retrieved information. In addition, it is possible to generate a recommendation-specific query. This can be performed by generating the recommendation-specific query to access a multidimensional cube and retrieve data stored therein. Then, the recommendation can be issued based on the data retrieved from the multidimensional cube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Tuzhilin, Gediminas Adomavicius
  • Patent number: 8924410
    Abstract: An intent guessing system receives partial user queries as they are entered by the user. The partial user queries are compared with different intents derived from previously logged queries. Guesses are made as to which of the intents are associated with the partial user query. The intent guesses are then provided as responses to the user query. Features are identified for the earlier logged queries and associated with the derived intents. The derived intents and associated features are then used to identify intents for the partial user queries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Gann Alexander Bierner
  • Patent number: 8914397
    Abstract: Tagging of resources in order to associate them is described. In an embodiment it is possible to assign tags to resources or switch between resources with different tags, in the context of current work being undertaken by a user. For example, from a single application window that is currently used, a user is able to switch to other resources by tag in an embodiment. Different embodiments illustrate how tags may have multiple purposes and those purposes may evolve thus enabling associated resources to be exposed in different ways. In some embodiments rich metadata about tag usage and/or the use of resource associated with a tag is stored and used to provide additional functionality. Examples are described in which persistence of resources associated with tags is provided and may involve representation of resources such as by duplication of files or by creating alternative representations of resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Natasa Milic-Frayling, Gavin Smyth, Eduarda Mendes Rodrigues, Gabriella Kazai
  • Patent number: 8914400
    Abstract: Provided are techniques for providing entities. For a keyword, historical data is used to generate a list of entities, wherein a recommendation score is associated with each of the entities. The entities are ranked based on the recommendation score associated with each of the entities. A drop point that is associated with an entity whose recommendation score is low is determined. One or more additional entities are identified for at least one of the entities having a high recommendation score in the list. The one or more additional entities are inserted above the drop point in the list. The list is stored with the keyword.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis D. Osentoski
  • Patent number: 8909620
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for searching digital receipts at a mobile device. A customer mobile device receives and stores one or more digital receipts. The one or more digital receipts correspond to transactions conducted with a merchant. A user can select search criteria for searching stored digital receipts. The search criteria can be applied to stored digital receipts. Any stored digital receipts that satisfy the search criteria can be returned for display. In some embodiments, search criteria are selected to search for digital receipts associated with a specified payment method, such as, for example, cash, check, credit card, debit card, gift card, etc. In other embodiments, search criteria are selected to search for digital receipts having a purchase date within a specified purchase date range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 8909609
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer program products are provided for a distributed associative memory base. Such methods may include providing a distributed memory base that includes a network of networks of associative memory networks. The memory base may include a network of associative memory networks, a respective associative memory network comprising associations among a respective observer entity and a plurality of observed entities that are observed by the respective observer entity. Ones of the associative memory networks are physically and/or logically independent from other ones of the associative memory networks. Methods include imagining associations from the associative memory base using a plurality of streaming queues that correspond to ones of a plurality of rows of ones of the associative memory networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Saffron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Fleming, Yen-min Huang
  • Patent number: 8903845
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards systems and methods for providing search assistance technologies based on a user's search self-efficacy and search frustration. The method according to one embodiment of the present invention comprises receiving a search query from a user. The method then calculates the user's search self-efficacy and calculates the user's frustration with the current information task. The method then identifies a plurality of search assistance technologies based on the user's search self-efficacy and frustration. Finally, the method provides a search engine results page comprising a plurality of search results and the identified plurality of search assistance technologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Feild, Omer Emre Velipasaoglu, Benoit Dumoulin, Elizabeth F. Churchill, Rosemary Jones, Jeffrey Bardzell
  • Patent number: 8903843
    Abstract: A media recommendation system for recommending media content that is historically related to seed media content is provided. The recommended media content may be songs, television programs, movies, or a combination thereof, and the seed media content may be a song, television program, or movie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Napo Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Eugene M. Farrelly
  • Patent number: 8898184
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for a dynamic information connection search engine. User actions may be detected on at least one client system. In response, a determination may be made whether the user is searching for supported information. When the user is searching for supported information, information may be extracted electronically from, for example, third party websites, direct supplier connections, and/or intermediate databases. Potential suppliers may be automatically selected in response to the detected user search. Queries may be formulated from the user search and transferred to one or more selected suppliers over a network coupling (e.g., the Internet and/or an intranet). The queries may include one or more requests for information. One or more responses may be received from the suppliers, and the responses may be used to generate a result list for the user. The result list may include information and/or query status information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Kayak Software Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew S. Garman
  • Patent number: 8886624
    Abstract: A search system using an extended keyword pool includes a processor. The processor includes a purchased keyword module configured to generate a purchased keyword set by searching for a keyword having a purchase history through a search advertisement. The processor includes an additional keyword module configured to generate an additional keyword set by extracting a keyword from at least one source. The processor includes a unified search keyword module configured to generate a unified search keyword set by searching for a keyword having a number of hits greater than a determined number of hits among queries comprising the purchased keyword set and the additional keyword set. The processor includes a search module configured to provide, as a keyword pool, an associated keyword or an extended keyword with respect to a search word, using the keywords in the purchased keyword set, the additional keyword set, and the unified search keyword set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: NHN Business Platform Corporation
    Inventors: Hyun Ho Kim, Bo Ra Yoon
  • Patent number: 8880547
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for generating search results when a search string fails to return results as entered. In a representative example, a failure of a first query generated from a search string to identify at least a predefined threshold number of items from among a plurality of items in a data store is detected in a computing device. A plurality of altered versions of the search string is generated in the computing device. A submission of a plurality of second queries to the data store is implemented, where each of the second queries corresponds to one of the altered versions of the search string. A presentation is generated to be rendered of at least two separate groups of items resulting from corresponding ones of the second queries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Robert Mills, Daniel R. Parshall, Blair L. Hotchkies, Jason P. Patrikios, Paul Daniel Jaye, Dan Catalin Teodorescu, Jennica Jane Pounds, Luis Alejandro Acosta, David Aaron Lichterman
  • Patent number: 8868543
    Abstract: A media stream, such as a news broadcast, is supplemented with documents that are relevant to the media stream. The documents may be web pages returned from a search engine. A search query generation component generates search queries for the search engine based on the media stream. A post processing component may re-rank and/or filter the documents to enhance the viewing experience for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignees: Google Inc., The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Monika H. Henzinger, Bay-Wei Chang, Sergey Brin
  • Patent number: 8856145
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards systems and methods for indexing one or more items of content. The method of the present invention comprises extracting one or more items of text from a given item of content. The one or more items of extracted text are tokenized into one or more concepts. One or more related concepts associated with the one or more concepts are identified. A support score is generated for the one or more concepts, and the item of content is index with the one or more concepts and the one or more associated support scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Jignashu Parikh, John Thrall
  • Patent number: 8819025
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for receiving installation data, the installation data corresponding to one or more applications that can be installed and executed on mobile computing devices, receiving metadata corresponding to each of the one or more applications, for each application: generating a time series based on a number of installs, processing the time series and the metadata, calculating a score, determining that the score is greater than or equal to a threshold score, and in response to the determining, adding the respective application to an index of trending applications, storing the index of trending applications in computer-readable memory, retrieving the index of trending applications, and transmitting indications of one or more applications for display based upon the index of trending applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Fabio De Bona, Bhaskar Mehta
  • Patent number: 8812534
    Abstract: Architecture for completing search queries by using artificial intelligence based schemes to infer search intentions of users. Partial queries are completed dynamically in real time. Additionally, search aliasing can also be employed. Custom tuning can be performed based on at least query inputs in the form of text, graffiti, images, handwriting, voice, audio, and video signals. Natural language processing occurs, along with handwriting recognition and slang recognition. The system includes a classifier that receives a partial query as input, accesses a query database based on contents of the query input, and infers an intended search goal from query information stored on the query database. A query formulation engine receives search information associated with the intended search goal and generates a completed formal query for execution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: John C. Platt, Oliver Hurst-Hiller, Trenholme J. Griffin, Anoop Gupta, Gary W. Flake, Ramez Naam, Joshua T. Goodman
  • Patent number: 8812533
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments, there are provided mechanisms and methods for automatically presenting selectable options in a lookup field. These mechanisms and methods for automatically presenting selectable options in a lookup field can enable more efficient identification of data via a lookup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: Emily Alane Liggett, Mustafa Murat Paksoy, Paul Burstein, Susan Marie Kimberlin
  • Patent number: 8812532
    Abstract: Systems and methods of tracking and rewarding users of search engines, content networks, communication networks, other networks and/or combinations of networks are described. In many embodiments, users create accounts and control when and the type of information that is tracked. The tracked information can be used to provide rewards, customize offers and rewards and to improve services provided to the user. One embodiment includes receiving secure identification information from the user, retrieving user account information using the secure identification information, receiving a search query from the user, crediting the user account with a reward that is directly related to providing the search query, and returning search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Mazen A. Skaf
  • Patent number: 8805867
    Abstract: A system receives a search query, determines whether the received search query includes an entity name, and determines whether the entity name is associated with a common word or phrase. When the entity name is associated with a common word or phrase, the system generates a link to a rewritten query, performs a search based on the received search query to obtain first search results, and provides the first search results and the link to the rewritten query. When the entity name is not associated with a common word or phrase, the system rewrites the received search query to include a restrict identifier associated with the entity name, generates a link to the received search query, performs a search based on the rewritten search query to obtain second search results, and provides the second search results and the link to the received search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Zhou, Krishna Bharat, Michael Schmitt, Michael Curtiss, Marissa Mayer
  • Publication number: 20140214880
    Abstract: Systems and methods for predicting query execution time for concurrent and dynamic database workloads include decomposing each query into a sequence of query pipelines based on the query plan from a query optimizer, and predicting an execution time of each pipeline with a progress predictor for a progress chart of query pipelines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: NEC Laboratories America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yun Chi, Wentao Wu, Vahit Hakan Hacigumus, Jeffrey F. Naughton
  • Patent number: 8793270
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a user-customized recommended word or words is provided, in which a recommended service log stored in a user terminal is classified according to at least one index, the indexed recommended service log is respectively stored for each index, and the user-customized recommended word or words are extracted in association with a user input query being inputted to a web browser of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: NHN Corporation
    Inventor: Kyoo Min Im