Automatic, personalized online information and product services

  • US 7,685,276 B2
  • Filed: 01/08/2008
  • Issued: 03/23/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/28/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A computer-implemented method for providing personalized information services to a user, the method comprising:

  • transparently monitoring user interactions with data while the user is engaged in normal use of a browser program running on the computer;

    analyzing the monitored data to determine documents of interest to the user;

    estimating parameters of a user-specific learning machine based at least in part on the documents of interest to the user;

    receiving a search query from the user;

    retrieving a plurality of documents based on the search query;

    for each retrieved document of said plurality of retrieved documents;

    identifying properties of the retrieved document, and applying the identified properties of the retrieved document to the user-specific learning machine to estimate a probability that the retrieved document is of interest to the user; and

    using the estimated probabilities for the respective plurality of retrieved documents to present at least a portion of the retrieved documents to the user.

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