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1. US20100114660 - System and method for making an inference based on cumulative data

Office
United States of America
Application Number 12264963
Application Date 05.11.2008
Publication Number 20100114660
Publication Date 06.05.2010
Grant Number 08036946
Grant Date 11.10.2011
Publication Kind B2
IPC
G06Q 30/00
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
30Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
G06E 1/00
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
EOPTICAL COMPUTING DEVICES
1Devices for processing exclusively digital data
G06E 3/00
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
EOPTICAL COMPUTING DEVICES
3Devices not provided for in group G06E1/62
G06F 15/18
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
15Digital computers in general; Data processing equipment in general
18in which a program is changed according to experience gained by the computer itself during a complete run; Learning machines
G06G 7/00
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
GANALOGUE COMPUTERS
7Devices in which the computing operation is performed by varying electric or magnetic quantities
Applicants International Business Machines Corporation
Inventors Angell Robert Lee
Bijlani Vinod A.
Chen Jack
Friedlander Robert R.
Kraemer James R.
Wu Le Gang
Agents Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts
Pivnichny John
Title
(EN) System and method for making an inference based on cumulative data
Abstract
(EN)

A method for making an inference based on cumulative data. The method utilizes video, audio, and biometric devices to observe a retail environment for the presence of a customer. Once a customer is present, the method identifies every cohort to which the customer corresponds. Next, the method observes the customer as they peruse aisles in the retail environment. When the customer selects a product, the method identifies the selected product and searches the cohorts for alternate products to offer the customer. The method offers one alternate product to the customer and records to the cohorts whether the customer thereinafter accepts the method's offer and selects the alternate product or rejects the method's offer and continues perusing the retail environment aisles. The method continues observing the customer and offering alternate product until the customer leaves the retail environment.