I’ve wondered why an occasional post from here sometimes showed up in the news sources that appear in Google Finance. I now have a little clearer understanding of how they perform their news gathering.
If you use Google Finance, and want to know a little more about how it works, or are just interested in how Google might tackle providing information in a narrow field in a meaningful manner, you may want to check out two newly published patent applications from Google on their finance offering: Computing a group of related companies for financial information systems, and Interactive financial charting and related news correlation.
Both of them take deep looks at how to present financial information that might make it easier for people to use and to understand how news may impact the prices of stock. Both documents overlap a great deal, and share a detailed description and abstract. The abstract tells us:
Techniques are disclosed by which users looking for financial information about publicly traded or private companies may richly and interactively navigate both pricing and material news information about those companies. The techniques facilitate and encourage the user’s use and understanding of financial information presented. Related company information can also be provided to the user, where related companies are organized by hierarchal categories for a meaningful display.