Followup on Google’s Historical Data Patent Application

One of the most talked-about patent applications from Google over the past couple of years was one that looked at how time might be incorporated into a system of ranking documents, and how time might help the search engine recognize when people might be attempting to manipulate (spam) search results. The patent application was published … Read more

Dual Trustrank, User Profiles, and Personalized Rerankings of Search Results

User data can be used a lot of different ways to rerank search results for individuals. It seems to be a popular theme lately, with recent patent applications on the subject from Ask.com and from Microsoft. Some of Yahoo’s potential processes in this area are described in a fairly complex patent application that explores topics … Read more