Google Patents Click-Through Feedback on Search Results to Improve Rankings

I was excited to see a Google Patent granted this past Thursday, which describes how Google may rank pages in part based upon user feedback (clicks) in response to rankings for those pages. The patent tells us that this kind of identifying of a user’s needs and determining which documents are returned that might be … Read more Google Patents Click-Through Feedback on Search Results to Improve Rankings

How You May Be Helping Google Map Indoor Spaces

Mapping indoor spaces

A couple of years ago, Google acquired the startup Behavio. One of the selling points behind Behavio was how it used behavior data from Phones to better understand human behavior. It’s likely that Google acquired the company Zipdash back in 2004 to learn about real-time traffic data. A Google patent application published in the last … Read more How You May Be Helping Google Map Indoor Spaces

Is An Improved Version of Agent Rank Returning to Google?

Sometimes, I run across a patent that provides details on things that Google might do, but only hints at whether or not it might actually be implemented. A few years back in 2007, I wrote about a Google patent for Agent Rank, which described reputation scores for authors (to be used as an alternative to … Read more Is An Improved Version of Agent Rank Returning to Google?

How Google May Answer Questions in Queries with Rich Content Results

rich content results

This patent application from last week describes a search system query processing for queries that are questions, looking for rich content results. Queries may be responded to with a wide variety of resources, such as image files, audio files, video files, and web pages. A search engine may identify resources in response to queries submitted … Read more How Google May Answer Questions in Queries with Rich Content Results

Google to Map the Quality of Roads?

We’ve all read about Google building self-driving cars. I’ve written about Google building Maps programs to help people navigate to different places. A Google patent application published this week looks closer at computers in cars and the many sensors connected to those. It discusses automotive computing systems that include such things as: …network based applications … Read more Google to Map the Quality of Roads?