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Systems and methods for data mining and automated generation of search query rewrites

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9626430
Various embodiments include systems and methods for data mining of search engine and network operations to automatically identify query events. Data aggregated from such query events and stored as query history data may be processed to identify query ranking mismatches. These identified mismatches may be used with the query history data and target settings to automatically generate query rewrite data. In certain embodiments, this query rewrite data may be used to generate query rewrite…

Methods, system and apparatus for conducting a point of sale transaction

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9626541
A method, system, and apparatus to scan visual codes are described. An image of a first visual code marked on an item is captured and the image of the first visual code is displayed on an electronic screen of the apparatus for a point-of-sale terminal that is enabled to scan the image of the first visual code. A scan signal emitted by the point-of-sale terminal is detected, the scan signal indicating that the image of the first visual code was scanned. A second image of a second visual…

Systems and methods for reseller discovery and analysis

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9626682
Methods and systems relating to a reseller analysis tool are described. In some embodiments, electronic commerce transaction information associated with a plurality of electronic commerce transactions occurring using an electronic commerce system is received at the electronic commerce system. A set of resale transactions from the plurality of electronic commerce transactions is identified using the electronic commerce transaction information, including identifying the set of resale…

Transforming character delimited values

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9619152
Techniques for transforming character delimited values are presented herein. An input module may be configured to read a set of character delimited values. A generation module may be configured to generate, in real-time, a synchronization block for the set of values that includes a nibble for each value in the set of values. The nibbles may represent either a byte size of the associated value or may be a flag representing a predetermined value. An output module may be configured to…

Search based on diversity

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9619515
Systems and a method for expanding a query are described. The method calculates a diversity index for a plurality of query terms that are included in a plurality of other queries associated with the query. The diversity index is a measure of diversity among the plurality of query terms and relates to differences among the plurality of query terms. The method further compares the diversity index to a threshold value. Finally, the method expands the query with one or more of the plurality…

System and method for transferring states between electronic devices

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9621631
In various example embodiments, a system and method for transferring the state of a first device to a second device are disclosed. An instruction to transfer a state of a first device to a second device is received. In response, information related to the state of the first device is packaged into a file. A type of connection to be used to transfer the state of the device is determined based on the connections available to the first device and the second device. The file containing the…

System and methods for soiled garment detection and notification

Granted: April 4, 2017
Patent Number: 9613516
Aspects of the present disclosure involve an apparatus, systems, and methods for soiled garment detection and notification. The method may include receiving a measure of odor being released from a garment from a soiled garment detection apparatus. The method may further include determining that the measure of odor exceeds an acceptable odor threshold. A message may then be sent to a user device associated with the garment (e.g. a device of the owner of the garment) in response to…

Classifying communications with human-based interactive questions

Granted: April 4, 2017
Patent Number: 9614959
A method may include receiving a communication that is sent from a source over a network to a user. The method may also include categorizing the communication request. The categorization may include sending a first question communication that includes a first human-based interactive question over the network to the source. The categorization may also include receiving an answer communication over the network from the source and determining whether the answer communication correctly…

Automatically inserting relevant hyperlinks into a webpage

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9606974
A methodology through which a host site may automatically insert relevant links into a set of text. In this methodology, the contents of the text are compared against a database containing character strings, and the character strings from the database contained in the text are identified. Each of the character strings in the database has an associated link that connects to other webpages on the same website or other websites. For each character string of the database found in the…

Systems and methods to build and utilize a search infrastructure

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9607049
Methods and systems to build and utilize a search infrastructure are described. The system generates index information components in real-time based on a database that is time-stamped. The system updates index information at a plurality of query node servers based on the index information components. A query engine receives a search query from a client machine and identifies search results based on the query and the index information. The system communicates the search results, over the…

Item recommendations using image feature data

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9607248
An apparatus and method to facilitate finding recommendations for a query image are disclosed herein. A color histogram is determined corresponding to the query image. Determining at least one of a visual pattern included in the query image, a dominant color of the query image, or an orientation histogram corresponding to the query image. Performing comparison of a first image attribute of the query image to a second image attribute of an inventory image corresponding to an inventory…

Method and system for streamlining voting process

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9607288
A method and system for streamlining a voting process performed by a web application is provided. As the web application may require that a voting action is effectuated after the user is registered to vote and also has supplied valid credentials, a voting application may be configured to intercept a request from a user to effectuate voting process directed to the web application, access credentials of the user stored by the web-based social networking application, and provide these…

Network-based sales system with a customizable user interface

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9607333
Systems and methods for a network-based sales system with customizable user interfaces are described. The system generates first and second sales interfaces based on customization commands and communicates the sales interfaces, over a network, through respective member sites to first and second users. The system further receives first and second requests to view a listing of an item that is presented in an offer for sale via the first and second sales interfaces, retrieves a record from…

Specular highlights on photos of objects

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9607411
Systems and methods are presented for recording and viewing images of objects with specular highlights. In some embodiments, a computer-implemented method may include accessing a first plurality of images, each of the images in the first plurality of images including an object recorded from a first position, and a reflection of light on the object from a light source located at a different location than in each of the other images in the first plurality of images. The method may also…

Method and system for limiting share of voice of individual users

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9600535
In various example embodiments, a system and method for limiting shares of voice of individual users in a result set are provided. In example embodiments, an entity providing each entry in a result set of a search is identified. Sorting criteria including a size rule that includes a sort size value defining a maximum number of consecutive publications from a same entity are retrieved. A sorted result set is generated in compliance with the sorting criteria by shifting a publication from…

Enhanced seat selection

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9600781
Methods and systems for improving seat selection at a venue are described. The methods and systems help users understand how good a view they will have of a performance or event and/or how enjoyable an experience they will have before they purchase a ticket. A user selects a seat and is able to access relevant traits of people who purchased seats proximate to the selected seat. Relevant traits include physical features such as height, weight, build, etc., and behavior information, such…

Data mining system

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9600823
A data mining system and method retrieve data related to an item from a database. A survey is generated for presentation in a game. The survey includes the retrieved item data and solicits from a user input data pertaining to the retrieved item data. The input data is received from the survey and stored in a database with the item data. The input data is transmitted to the game and incorporated into the game such that the user interacts with the input data as part of playing the game.

Digital rights and integrity management in three-dimensional (3D) printing

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9595037
Systems, methods and media for managing digital rights and pre-verification of structural integrity in three-dimensional (3D) printing are provided. In one example, a system comprises at least one module, executing on one or more computer processors, to receive a request from a user to print a 3D object by a 3D printer or printing service and receive a conditional authorization from an owner of digital rights in the 3D object to print the 3D object. The conditional authorization can…

Using behavioral data in rating user reputation

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9595052
In a system and method for using user behavior and interaction data to rate a reputation of a user, a processor-implemented tracking component tracks an interaction of a user with a network-based publisher. A processor-implemented reputation component generates a reputation value for the user from the tracked user interaction.

Method and system to automatically qualify a party to participate within a network-based commerce transaction

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9595056
A method and system to automatically qualify a party to participate within a network-based commerce transaction is described. The system receives information from a first party. The information relates to an item to be transacted via a network-based commerce system. The system transmits the information that relates to the item to a second party and receives, from the second party, a request to be qualified to transact the item via the network-based commerce system. The system further…