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1. WO2002019203 - USER-DIRECTED PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS

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CLAIMS

l/we claim:

[01] A method in a computing system for producing item recommendations, comprising:

receiving a recommendation input string;

performing a word search against the received input string to
produce a word search result containing items; and

using items among the items contained by the word search result as
seeds to generate a list of recommended items.

[c2] The method of claim 1 , further comprising displaying the generated list of recommended items.

[c3] The method of claim 1 , further comprising:

receiving user input modifying the list of seed items; and

using the modified list of seed items to generate a second list of
recommended items.

[c4] The method of claim 1 wherein the received user input modifying the list of seed items adds an item among the list of recommended items to the list of seed items.

[c5] The method of claim 1 , further comprising e-mailing the generated list of recommended items to the user.

[c6] The method of claim 5, further comprising receiving a response from the user selecting one of the recommended items for purchase.

[c7] The method of claim 6 wherein the received response is an e-mail reply.

[c8] The method of claim 6 wherein the received response is an HTTP request.

[c9] A computing system for generating item recommendations, comprising:

a display that displays a plurality of item indications each indicating
an item;

an input receiver that receives user input selecting one or more of
the displayed item indications;

a seed selection subsystem that selects as seed items the items
indicated by the selected item indications; and

a recommended item list generator that generates a list of
recommended items using the selected seed items that is
displayed by the display.

[do] A computer-readable medium whose contents cause a computing system to choose a gift for a gift recipient by:

displaying a list of items;

receiving user input selecting one or more of the displayed items
identified with the gift recipient;

displaying, on the basis of the selected items, a list of one or more
recommended items;

receiving user input choosing one of the recommended items; and

designating the chosen recommended item as a gift for the gift
recipient.

[cii] The computer-readable medium of claim 10 wherein the contents of the computer-readable medium further cause the computing system to cause the item designated as a gift for the gift recipient to be shipped to the gift recipient.

[ci2] The computer-readable medium of claim 10 wherein the gift recipient is a group of people.

[ci3] The computer-readable medium of claim 10 wherein the received user input selecting one or more items is received from the gift recipient, and wherein the received user input choosing one of the recommended items is received from a gift giver.

[ci4] A method in a computing system for specifying a request for product recommendations, comprising:

for each of a plurality of groups of one or more products, displaying
information describing products in the group;

for each of at least a portion of the plurality of product groups,
displaying in conjunction with the information describing
products in the group a control for selecting products in the
group as recommendation seed;

when a displayed control is selected by a user, adding to a list of
recommendation seeds products in the group in conjunction
with which the selected control is displayed,

so that the list of recommendation seeds contains products in the groups whose controls are selected by the user.

[ci5] The method of claim 14, further comprising generating a product recommendation based upon the list of recommendation seeds.

[ci6] The method of claim 14 wherein the information displayed for a distinguished one of the product groups describes a product category containing products in the distinguished group.

[ci7] The method of claim 14 wherein the information displayed for a distinguished one of the product groups describes a product genre containing products in the distinguished group.

[ci8] The method of claim 14 wherein a distinguished one of the product groups comprises a single product, and wherein the information displayed for the distinguished product group describes the product that comprises the product group.

[ci9] The method of claim 14 wherein a distinguished one of the product groups comprises products that are recordings of a single artist, and wherein the information displayed for the distinguished product group describes the artist.

[c20] The method of claim 14 wherein a distinguished one of the product groups comprises products that are books written by a single author, and wherein the information displayed for the distinguished product group describes the author.

[c2i] The method of claim 14 wherein the control displayed for a distinguished product group is a button that is selected by the user by clicking the button.

[c22] The method of claim 14 wherein the control displayed for a distinguished product group is a draggable portion of the information describing the product group, together with a destination region, and wherein the control displayed for the distinguished product group is selected by the user by dragging the draggable portion of the information describing the product group to the destination region.

[c23] One or more computer memories collectively containing a document data structure, the document data structure having contents specifying, for each of two or more products, the display of:

information describing the product; and

in conjunction with the information describing the product, a control
for adding the product to a list of seed products to be used to
generate a product recommendation,

such that the document may be displayed, and such that products
whose displayed controls are activated by a user may be
used to generate a product recommendation.

[c24] One or more generated data signals collectively conveying a document data structure, the document data structure having contents specifying, for each of two or more products, the display of:

information describing the product; and

in conjunction with the information describing the product, a control
for adding the product to a list of seed products to be used to
generate a product recommendation,

such that the document may be displayed, and such that products
whose displayed controls are activated by a user may be
used to generate a product recommendation.

[c25] The generated data signals of claim 24 wherein the document data structure is an HTML document.

[c26] The generated data signals of claim 24 wherein the document data structure is a web page.