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Adding Time Value To Predicted Lookup In Auto Complete

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237484D
Publication Date: 2014-Jun-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 20K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method of modifying predicted search queries based on the duration at a location or duration that a task has been performed.

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Adding Time Value To Predicted Lookup In Auto Complete

Disclosed is a method of modifying predicted search queries based on the duration at a location or duration that a task has been performed. This is an opt-in service for a user.

When a user performs a search query from a particular location, the search engine does not take into consideration the amount of time a user spends in an area or region. This is an important factor, because the amount of time a user is in an area can reflect the level of interest or indicate a change in informational needs. For example, if a user

walks into a new restaurant, initially, the person is interested in knowing appetizer options. Once there for a period, the person might be more interested in desserts or the restroom locations.

In a preferred embodiment o present invention, the system is aware of the user's location if the user has opted to share the amount of time spent at that location. In some cases, the user might opt to share the amount of time spent in a location rather than the location itself for privacy reasons. In that case, the system looks at local and private Global Positioning System (GPS) records and the amount of time that the coordinates have been within some threshold of value (e.g., 100 sq. ft. region). The time that the user first entered that point is measured against the current time.

In an alternate embodiment, the system can alter advertisements based on the amount of time spent at a location.

In another embodiment, the time in a location can be based on the time on a particular

website. In addition, it can be based on time "searching" for the same keyword terms at a location. In this case, a location can be a physical location or a website search engine that recognize...