LinkedIn Patent Applications

TRANSLATING QUERIES INTO GRAPH QUERIES USING PRIMITIVES

Granted: March 23, 2017
Application Number: 20170083571
In order to facilitate the requesting of desired information from a graph database that stores a graph, a system may translate an initial query into a query that can be executed against the graph database. In particular, using primitives, the system may translate a query associated with a type of database (such as a relational database) into the query. The graph may include nodes, edges between the nodes, and predicates to represent and store data with index-free adjacency. Moreover, the…

MODEL-BASED IDENTIFICATION OF RELEVANT CONTENT

Granted: March 16, 2017
Application Number: 20170075978
The disclosed embodiments provide a system for processing data. During operation, the system obtains validated training data containing a first set of content items and a first set of relevance tags, wherein the first set of relevance tags is used by one or more domain experts to identify the first set of content items as relevant to one or more topics. Next, the system uses the validated training data to produce a statistical model for classifying a relevance of content to the one or…

MODEL-BASED CLASSIFICATION OF CONTENT ITEMS

Granted: March 16, 2017
Application Number: 20170076225
The disclosed embodiments provide a system for processing data. During operation, the system obtains validated training data containing a first set of content items and a first set of classification tags for the first set of content items. Next, the system uses the validated training data to produce a statistical model for classifying content using a set of dimensions represented by the first set of classification tags. The system then uses the statistical model to generate a second set…

TRANSPARENT HYBRID DATA STORAGE

Granted: March 2, 2017
Application Number: 20170060472
A system, method, and apparatus are provided for performing a transparent hybrid data storage scheme in which data are stored as blocks distributed among one or more flash-based storage devices (e.g., solid state drives) and one or more magnetic storage devices (e.g., magnetic disk drives). Files larger than a given size (e.g., 1 MB) are segmented into blocks of that size and stored on one or more devices; blocks of one file may be stored on devices of different types. Periodically, a…

PREDICTING CHURN RISK ACROSS CUSTOMER SEGMENTS

Granted: March 2, 2017
Application Number: 20170061343
The disclosed embodiments provide a system for processing data. During operation, the system inputs a set of features for a customer of a product into a first statistical model, wherein the set of features comprises a company segment of the customer. Next, the system uses the first statistical model to predict a churn risk of the customer. When the churn risk exceeds a first threshold for the company segment, the system outputs a notification of a high churn risk level for the customer.

IDENTIFYING AND MITIGATING CUSTOMER CHURN RISK

Granted: March 2, 2017
Application Number: 20170061344
The disclosed embodiments provide a system for processing data. During operation, the system obtains a set of data for a set of customers of a product, wherein the set of data comprises a set of churn risk levels for the customer. Next, the system uses the set of data to display a graphical user interface (GUI) comprising a chart of renewal opportunities with the set of customers, for the product, over an upcoming time interval. The system then displays, in the GUI, a representation of a…

OPTIMIZING ACQUISITION CHANNELS BASED ON CUSTOMER LIFETIME VALUES

Granted: March 2, 2017
Application Number: 20170061480
The disclosed embodiments provide a system for processing data. During operation, the system obtains a set of features for a customer of a product. Next, the system uses the set of features to identify a likelihood of purchasing the product through a first channel by the customer and estimate a first customer lifetime value (CLV) for the customer through the first channel and a second CLV for the customer through a second channel. The system then selects an acquisition channel for the…

SELECTING A SUITABLE TIME TO DISRUPT OPERATION OF A COMPUTER SYSTEM COMPONENT

Granted: February 9, 2017
Application Number: 20170039086
A system, method, and apparatus are provided for determining an appropriate time to disrupt operation of a computer system, subsystem, or component, such as by shutting it down or taking it offline. Historical measurements of work accumulated on the component at different times are used to generate one or more forecasts regarding future amounts of work that will accumulate at different times. Accumulated work may include all job/tasks (or other executable objects) that have been…

HIERARCHICAL SYSTEM-CAPABILITY TESTING

Granted: January 19, 2017
Application Number: 20170017565
In order to perform system-capability testing, an application in an application layer may provide predefined system capabilities and/or requirements of or associated with the application to a communication plugin in a data-link layer, such as availability of communication via a network and/or a latency of the network less than a predefined value. In response, the communication plugin may determine feedback information that specifies whether the predefined system capabilities are…

AUTOMATICALLY SECURING AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Granted: January 19, 2017
Application Number: 20170017787
A system, apparatus, and methods are provided for automatically securing an electronic device. The device is paired with a security token (e.g., an access badge) associated with a user authorized to operate the device. During device operation, if the security token (e.g., which may be worn or carried by the user) is out of range or proximity with the device, after a threshold period of time some or all functionality of the device (e.g., other than communication with the security token)…

DYNAMIC LEAD GENERATION

Granted: January 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170003844
In order to build or aggregate lists of potential customers, contact information may be collected from viewers of a document, such as a presentation. In particular, multiple pages in a document associated with a user of a social network (such as slides in a presentation) may be presented to a second user of the social network. At one or more dynamically selected pages or locations in the document and/or a dynamically selected position or location on a page, the second user may be…

GENERATING AND RANKING SERVICE PROVIDER RECOMMENDATIONS IN A SOCIAL NETWORK

Granted: January 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170004548
In various example embodiments, a system and method for generating and ranking service provider recommendations in a social network are presented. A request to identify a set of service providers that meet a specific criteria is received. The request can be associated with a member of a social network service. Member profiles from among a plurality of member profiles of the social network service are identified based on the specific criteria. A plurality of attributes is extracted from…

SEGMENT-BASED CONTENT POOLS FOR INCLUSION IN CONTENT FEEDS

Granted: December 1, 2016
Application Number: 20160350310
The disclosed embodiments provide a system for processing data. During operation, the system obtains one or more metrics associated with user interaction with a set of content items in a member segment of a social network. Next, the system ranks the set of content items by the one or more metrics. The system then generates a content pool for the member segment based on the ranking of the content items. Finally, the system creates a content feed from the content pool for presentation to a…

SELECTING CONTENT TO SURFACE VIA AN INFERRED SOCIAL CONNECTION

Granted: December 1, 2016
Application Number: 20160350665
A system, method, and apparatus are provided for selecting electronic content to surface to a member of a user community, among content associated with a second member with whom an inferred (i.e., non-explicit) connection has been formed. Based on the members' types (e.g., Professional, Student, Recruiter) and/or other factors, a type is assigned to the new connection. A default vector comprising weights corresponding to multiple categories of content that may be served to a community…

INFERRING A SOCIAL CONNECTION

Granted: December 1, 2016
Application Number: 20160350666
A system, method, and apparatus are provided for automatically establishing an inferred (‘follow’) relationship between a first member and a second member of a user community. Based on passive and/or active signals indicating affinity of the first member for the second member, the system determines whether an inferred connection from the first member to the second member would improve the first member's network within the user community. A potential improvement may be observed if the…

BLENDING CONTENT POOLS INTO CONTENT FEEDS

Granted: December 1, 2016
Application Number: 20160350669
The disclosed embodiments provide a system for processing data. During operation, the system obtains a set of content pools for a user, wherein each content pool in the set of content pools includes a set of content items associated with user activity in a member segment of a social network. Next, the system calculates a set of probabilities of clicking the content items in the content pool. The system then uses the probabilities to order the content items with other content items from…

IDENTIFYING AN IDEAL USER NETWORK

Granted: December 1, 2016
Application Number: 20160352530
A system, method, and apparatus are provided for identifying an ideal or target network of a member of a professional network or social network, or one or more characteristics of such a network. Based on a type of the member, one or more attributes of a profile of the member, and/or one or more goals of the member, characteristics may be identified that support achievement of those goals or that promote more effective use of the professional network or social network by the member. By…

CONTENT EVENT NOTIFICATIONS

Granted: November 24, 2016
Application Number: 20160344800
A system, method, and apparatus are provided for issuing content event notifications to members of a user community that makes content available to its members. Events involving content items of interest to a given member (e.g., creation, upload, sharing) are recognized, particularly events that involve another member connected to the given member in the community, and the relevance of the items to the member or to content topics of interest to the member is determined. Time slots during…

ORDERING EVENTS WITH ALTERNATING EPOCHS OF EVENT IDENTIFIERS

Granted: November 17, 2016
Application Number: 20160337435
A system, method, and apparatus are provided for identifying and/or ordering events (or notifications of events) within a computing environment featuring a high rate of events (e.g., hundreds of millions per minute). New events are labeled based on multiple alternating epochs comprising sequences of event identifiers, wherein each epoch's identifiers are mutually exclusive of other epochs. Illustratively, each epoch may commence with a different initial identifier (e.g., 0, 1, 2) and…

TECHNIQUE FOR CLIPPING AND AGGREGATING CONTENT ITEMS

Granted: November 3, 2016
Application Number: 20160321229
In order to facilitate access to and exchange of a given content item in a sequential set of content items (such as a slide in a presentation or a frame in a video), a system may create a clipped-content identifier in response to a clip selection of the content item by a user. This clipped-content identifier may include a pointer to a location in the system that stores the content item in the sequential set of content items, and metadata associated with the content item. Subsequently,…