System and method for providing access to data using customer profiles

  • US 8,056,100 B2
  • Filed: 05/20/2005
  • Issued: 11/08/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/29/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method for recommending one or more textual information items to customers from a content collection of textual information items, the method comprising the steps of:

  • predetermining descriptive characteristics of the content in said collection;

    creating content profiles of said textual information items, said content profiles indicating the presence or absence of said descriptive characteristics of said textual information items;

    creating one or more customer profiles without a customer explicitly expressing preference for said predetermined characteristics;

    said customer profiles representing the customers'"'"' preferences for said predetermined characteristics;

    storing said customer profiles in a memory in association with respective customer identities;

    retrieving a customer profile subsequently from said memory, by name or customer identity;

    operating a computer adapted by stored programming to find a subset of said textual information items having content profiles that closely match said customer profile; and

    electronically sending said subset at least partly via a data communications network to said customer for selection of a textual information item in the subset.

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