Computer-assisted system for interactively brokering goods or services between buyers and sellers

  • US 5,592,375 A
  • Filed: 03/11/1994
  • Issued: 01/07/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/11/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A computer-implemented system for assisting an employer'"'"'s hiring decision from among a pool of candidates, the system comprising:

  • a computer,a database stored on said computer containing information, including multimedia information, descriptive of respective ones of said candidates, descriptive information for one of said candidates comprising a plurality of profile vectors, each comprising multiple independently-represented database entries of said database, the entries of each said profile vector being associated with the other entries in said profile vector but independent of entries of other said profile vectors for the same candidate;

    a seller interface executed on a computer for enabling said candidates to interactively enter said descriptive information, including said multimedia information and said profile vectors, into said database; and

    a buyer interface executed on a computer for;

    enabling said employer interactively to specify a description of a desired prospective employee, including specifying desired combinations of the associated entries of said profile vectors,matching said desired employee description against candidate descriptive information stored in said database, the matching using approximate-comparison logic to select, from among said descriptive information, those at least approximately matching said desired employee description, the approximate-comparison logic including "want", "must", and weighted logic requirements;

    displaying to said employer a list of summary descriptions of said selected descriptive information, the summary descriptions of said list being rank-ordered according to the closeness of the match to said desired employee profile wherein some entries of said profile do not match said candidate entered descriptive information, andmaking perceptible said multimedia information in response to an interactive selection request from among said rank-ordered list by said employer.

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