Automatic, personalized online information and product services

  • US 6,981,040 B1
  • Filed: 06/20/2000
  • Issued: 12/27/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/28/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A computer-implemented method for providing automatic, personalized information services to a user u, the method comprising:

  • a) transparently monitoring user interactions with data while the user is engaged in normal use of a computer;

    b) updating user-specific data files, wherein the user-specific data files comprise the monitored user interactions with the data and a set of documents associated with the user;

    c) estimating parameters of a learning machine, wherein the parameters define a User Model specific to the user and wherein the parameters are estimated in part from the user-specific data files;

    d) analyzing a document d to identify properties of the document;

    e) estimating a probability P(u|d) that an unseen document d is of interest to the user u, wherein the probability P(u|d) is estimated by applying the identified properties of the document to the learning machine having the parameters defined by the User Model; and

    f) using the estimated probability to provide automatic, personalized information services to the user.

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