Intent deduction based on previous user interactions with voice assistant

  • US 8,706,503 B2
  • Filed: 12/21/2012
  • Issued: 04/22/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/18/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for operating an automated assistant, comprising:

  • at an electronic device comprising a processor and memory storing instructions for execution by the processor;

    obtaining a text string from a speech input received from a user, wherein the text string includes a pronoun;

    deriving information from a communication received at the electronic device prior to receipt of the speech input, wherein the communication was received from a sender separate from the user, and the information includes a name of the sender; and

    deriving a user intent from the text string and the name of the sender, wherein deriving the user intent includes determining that the pronoun refers to the sender.

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