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Interactive user interface for profile management

Techniques for managing electronic user profiles are presented herein. An example method includes accessing, from a data structure, a user profile. ... Ebay Inc

System and method for providing listing assistance

In various example embodiments, a system and method for providing listing assistance to a user for generating an item listing is provided. In example embodiments, user input is received from a device of the user. ... Ebay Inc

System and methods for variable distribution and access control for purchased event tickets

A system and methods for providing variable distribution and access control for purchased event tickets are described. In one embodiment, a network-based system receives an order for electronic tickets purchased by a buyer, receives one or more recipients other than the buyer for one or more of the electronic tickets, receives delivery options for the recipients from the buyer, receives delivery information for the recipients from the buyer, and delivers electronic ticket information to the recipients. ... Ebay Inc

System and method for unlocking devices associated with a carrying bag

A system and method for unlocking devices associated with a carrying bag are provided. In example embodiments, biometric information of a user from a biometric reader is received by an authentication system. ... Ebay Inc

Method and system for limiting share of voice of individual users

In various example embodiments, a system and method for limiting shares of voice of users in a result set are provided. In example embodiments, for each publication of a plurality of publications in a set, a type of entity associated with the publication is identified. ... Ebay Inc

Personalized, real-time audio processing

An apparatus and method for real-time audio processing employs a gaze detection sensor to detect a direction of a user's gaze and output a gaze signal corresponding to the detected direction of the user's gaze. A digital signal processing unit responds to a plurality of signals corresponding to a plurality of sounds received at the apparatus, and the determined direction of gaze to identify a signal of interest from the plurality of signals using the gaze signal. ... Ebay Inc

Augmented reality system and method for visualizing an item

In a system and method for searching, browsing, and visualizing items, a first image containing an item is received to be stored in an account associated with a user. The first image is processed using a processor to extract an image of the item from the first image. ... Ebay Inc

Data mesh visualization

In various example embodiments, a system and method for data mesh visualization are presented. Attribute data associated with a user may be received from a plurality of attribute sources. ... Ebay Inc

Automated generation of a package data object

A system for generating a package data object may include an electronic database including first and second entries. The system may also include a server configured to perform operations. ... Ebay Inc

Methods, apparatus, and system for mobile piggybacking

Methods, systems, and apparatus for providing assistance to a user of a mobile application are described. A request for assistance from the user is detected and a request is issued to a remote device for establishment of a remote assistance session. ... Ebay Inc

Garment tags for intelligent laundering alerts

Aspects of the present disclosure involve an apparatus, systems, and methods for providing intelligent laundering alerts. Example embodiments involve an intelligent garment tag that may be affixed to garments, and may store and provide information about the garment to which it is affixed. ... Ebay Inc

Business event processing

In one example, a system comprises one or more processors to execute a business event processing module. The business event processing module is configured to receive a request to perform an operation on a listing published by an online marketplace, identify at least one additional listing having certain characteristics in common with the listing from a plurality of published listings including the listing, and automatically perform the operation on the at least one additional listing. ... Ebay Inc

Time-decay analysis of a photo collection for automated item listing generation

Systems and methods for time-decay analysis of a photo collection for automated item listing generation are described. A system stores image data in non-transitory memory of a computing device. ... Ebay Inc

Presentation of information on multiple devices

A computer-implemented method of information presentation on multiple devices is provided. The method may include presenting a first barcode on a webpage. ... Ebay Inc

06/21/18 / #20180176208

System and methods for weak authentication data reinforcement

Systems and methods for weak authentication data reinforcement are described. In some embodiments, authentication data is received in a request to authenticate a user. ... Ebay Inc

06/21/18 / #20180174245

Viewing shopping information on a network based social platform

A system for viewing shopping information on a social networking platform is disclosed. At the social networking platform, the system receives a request from a user device corresponding to a first user of the social networking platform to view a list of a second user of the social networking platform. ... Ebay Inc

06/21/18 / #20180173945

Fast 3d model fitting and anthropometrics using synthetic data

Disclosed are methods and systems for displaying items of clothing on a model having a similar body shape to that of an ecommerce user. In one aspects, a system includes one or more hardware processors configured to perform operations comprising receiving, by one or more hardware processors, an image, the image representing a user height, user weight, and user gender, causing display, by the one or more hardware processors, of a second image via a computer interface, the second image representing a model, the model selected based on a comparison of a model height, weight, and gender with the user height, weight, and gender respectively, receiving, by the one or more hardware processors, a selection of an item of clothing, and causing display, by the one or more hardware processors, of a representation of the selected model wearing the selected item of clothing.. ... Ebay Inc

06/21/18 / #20180172452

Interactive venue assistant

Methods and systems for assisting a user at an event and venue are described. A user is guided or navigated to different points of interest at a venue. ... Ebay Inc

06/14/18 / #20180167344

System and method for suggesting a phrase based on a context

A method and a system to suggest a content item to be included in a message based on a determined context are provided. A context of a message that user is composing via a composition interface is determined based on one or more properties of the message. ... Ebay Inc

06/14/18 / #20180165303

Identifying product metadata from an item image

A metadata extraction machine accesses an image that depicts an item. The item depicted in the image may have an attribute that describes a characteristic of the item and an attribute descriptor that corresponds to the attribute of the item and specifies a value of the attribute. ... Ebay Inc

06/14/18 / #20180165029

Volume admission control for a highly distributed data storage system

A storage cluster in a computing network can operate according to a service-level agreement (e.g., a set of performance conditions). The network can receive a request to register a new storage volume with the storage cluster. ... Ebay Inc

06/07/18 / #20180159731

Processing high volume network data

Disclosed are a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a computer-implemented method for event messaging over a network. An identification module receives first data identifying consumer devices available to receive event messages linked to a topic. ... Ebay Inc

06/07/18 / #20180158221

Specular highlights on photos of objects

Systems and methods are presented for recording and viewing images of objects with specular highlights. In some embodiments, a computer-implemented method may include accessing a first plurality of images, each of the images in the first plurality of images including an object recorded from a first position, and a reflection of light on the object from a light source located at a different location than in each of the other images in the first plurality of images. ... Ebay Inc

06/07/18 / #20180157715

Self-guided verification of an item

A method of providing a level of certification of an attribute of an item is disclosed. A requirement is determined for a level of certification for an attribute of an item. ... Ebay Inc

06/07/18 / #20180157681

Anchored search

Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for adding new features to a network service. A method includes receiving an image depicting an object of interest or selection of such an image. ... Ebay Inc

06/07/18 / #20180157316

Hands-free gestures for account authentication

Systems and methods are provided for authenticating an account via a hands-free gesture, such as a tap, pattern of taps, or other physical gesture not requiring a user to hold a computing device. A user can initiate a transaction to purchase an item by interacting with a first computing device (e.g., electronic kiosk, point-of-sale terminal, automated checkout device, etc.). ... Ebay Inc

05/31/18 / #20180152520

Systems and methods for presenting a state of a communication session

A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for automatically saving and presenting a state of a communication session are presented. The communication session may be established between a client device of a user and an application server of a content publisher. ... Ebay Inc

05/31/18 / #20180150893

Systems and methods for in-vehicle navigated shopping

Systems and methods to provide a navigated-shopping service are discussed. In an example, a method for navigated-shopping can include receiving a destination location, accessing a route to the destination, displaying the route with indications of a plurality of items for purchase, receiving selection of a selected item, and purchasing the selected item. ... Ebay Inc

05/31/18 / #20180150888

Destination shopping system

Techniques for facilitating a shopping experience based on a passenger's destination are described. According to various embodiments, a destination location of a passenger on a vehicle is determined. ... Ebay Inc

05/31/18 / #20180150848

Reducing overhead associated with large-scale purchasing

A method of verifying a receiving of an item by a purchaser is disclosed. An indication that the purchaser agreed to purchase the item is received. ... Ebay Inc

05/31/18 / #20180150834

Multi-currency cart and checkout

Example embodiments provide a multi-currency cart and checkout. In example embodiments, a currency accepted and a payment option for each item in a multi-currency cart is identified. ... Ebay Inc

05/31/18 / #20180150710

System and method for scene text recognition

Apparatus and method for performing accurate text recognition of non-simplistic images (e.g., images with clutter backgrounds, lighting variations, font variations, non-standard perspectives, and the like) may employ a machine-learning approach to identify a discriminative feature set selected from among features computed for a plurality of irregularly positioned, sized, and/or shaped (e.g., randomly selected) image sub-regions.. . ... Ebay Inc

05/31/18 / #20180150657

Method and system for magnetic stripe reading using mobile magnetometers

In various example embodiments, a system and method for reading magnetic information by a mobile device are presented. In example embodiments, the mobile device comprises a housing having an integrated surface for swiping a magnetic swipe card and a magnetometer positioned within the housing to produce digital magnetometer output signals. ... Ebay Inc

05/31/18 / #20180150448

Language identification for text strings

Aspects of the present disclosure include a system comprising a machine-readable storage medium storing at least one program and computer-implemented methods for detecting a language of a text string. Consistent with some embodiments, the method may include applying multiple language identification models to a text string. ... Ebay Inc

05/24/18 / #20180146030

Systems and methods for load balancing in a cloud environment

Methods, systems, and media for load balancing communication traffic in a publication system or cloud environment are disclosed. In one example, a load balancing system comprises a load balancer component configured to perform operations on a first portion of the communication traffic, and an elastic traffic manager component configured to perform operations on a second portion of the communication traffic. ... Ebay Inc

05/24/18 / #20180144394

Purchase option enablement for online tutorials

Systems and methods are disclosed to create a virtual shopping cart of products related to an online tutorial. In some embodiments, the method may include receiving an indication that a user has elected to view an online tutorial related to completing a task; determining a plurality of products that are useful for completing the task; determining a plurality of products provided by an electronic marketplace based on each of the plurality of products; determining a quantity for each of the plurality of products; and creating a virtual shopping cart having a description of each of the plurality of products, a price for each of the plurality of products, and the quantity for each of the plurality of products, the virtual shopping cart also having a button that is selectable to purchase each of the plurality of products.. ... Ebay Inc

05/17/18 / #20180137738

System and methods for soiled garment detection and notification

Aspects of the present disclosure involve an apparatus, systems, and methods for soiled garment detection and notification. The method may include determining a laundering status of a garment based on a comparison of sensor data and a baseline odor level of the garment. ... Ebay Inc

05/17/18 / #20180137551

Intelligent online personal assistant with image text localization

Systems, methods, and computer program products for identifying a candidate product in an electronic marketplace based on a visual comparison between candidate product image visual text content and input query image visual text content. Unlike conventional optical character recognition (ocr) based systems, embodiments automatically localize and isolate portions of a candidate product image and an input query image that each contain visual text content, and calculate a visual similarity measure between the respective portions. ... Ebay Inc

05/17/18 / #20180137515

Virtual dressing room

A method and system facilitate recognition of commands to initiate actions within an electronic marketplace on behalf of a user. A machine detects a first command issued by a user. ... Ebay Inc

05/17/18 / #20180137142

Projecting visual aspects into a vector space

In various example embodiments, a system and method for projecting visual aspects into a vector space are presented. A query that includes visual data is received by the system from a client device. ... Ebay Inc

05/17/18 / #20180137087

Methods, systems, and apparatus for generating an item publication

Methods, systems, and apparatus for generating an item publication are described. Specification information for an item is obtained and an item publication is created in response to a one-click command.. ... Ebay Inc

05/10/18 / #20180130121

Multilevel silhouettes in an online shopping environment

Selecting a first silhouette image of an item at a client machine displays a plurality of silhouette images representing aspects of the item such as style, length type and sleeve type. Selecting any of those aspects allows a server to search a database for listings of similar items that have those aspects. ... Ebay Inc

05/10/18 / #20180130113

Performing image searches in a network-based publication system

Methods and systems to perform image searches in a network-based publication system, such as image searches for items available for purchase via the network-based publication system, are described. In some example embodiments, the methods and systems access an image of an item, identify a purchaser of and/or user associated with the item in the image, query, using the image, a collection of images whose contents include items that are associated with the purchaser and that are offered for purchase by a network-based publication system, and match the item in the image to one or more of the items offered for purchase based on a result of the query. ... Ebay Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129903

Digital image presentation

A computer implemented method to present digital images may include storing a digital image in a database and applying a digital image processing technique to the digital image to identify a region of interest of the digital image. The method may also include storing region data that identifies the region of interest of the digital image in the database and receiving a request for information associated with the digital image from a digital device. ... Ebay Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129820

Secure management of user addresses in network service

Methods, systems, and programs are presented for securing user-address information. A first memory is configured according to a first table that does not include information about user identifiers. ... Ebay Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129747

Location-based and alter-ego queries

A user at a geographical location may submit a search query and receive results responsive to the search query. The search results provided to the user may be based on the user's geographical location. ... Ebay Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129724

Crowd assisted query system

Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a network-based crowd assisted query system that includes a client device in communication with an application server executing the crowd assisted query system over a network. For example, the crowd assisted query system may be or include a group of one or more server machines. ... Ebay Inc

05/03/18 / #20180124307

Modifying image parameters using wearable device input

Systems and methods are presented for modifying image parameters of an image to be captured by an image capturing device based on input from a wearable computing device. In some embodiments, the system receives image data, determines an image parameter based on the image data, and receives data from a wearable computing device positioned proximate to a subject of the image. ... Ebay Inc

05/03/18 / #20180124295

Guided photography and video on a mobile device

In an example embodiment, an item listing process is run in an item listing application. Upon reaching a specified point in the item listing process, a camera application on the user device is triggered (or the camera directly accessed by the item listing application) to enable a user to capture images using the camera, wherein the triggering includes providing a wireframe overlay informing the user as to an angle at which to capture images from the camera.. ... Ebay Inc

05/03/18 / #20180124071

Collaborative content evaluation

In an example embodiment, a system for evaluating published content is provided. The system includes at least one processor and a plurality of components including instructions executable by the at least one processor. ... Ebay Inc

05/03/18 / #20180122170

Pairable secure-access facilities

Systems and methods are provided for providing access to secure-access facilities based on pairing of the secure-access facilities with a user device such as a wearable device. A pairable secure-access facility may be a public storage facility or device such as a locker that includes communications circuitry for pairing with the user device. ... Ebay Inc

05/03/18 / #20180121990

Pre-authenticated online ordering system

A computerized method and system for presenting a user interface is provided. A set of user authentication credentials are received from a first user device, the set of user authentication credentials sufficient to uniquely identify a user of the user device as being registered with a network-based publication system. ... Ebay Inc

05/03/18 / #20180121560

Preview and optimization of publication for target computing device

Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for optimizing an input publication with augmented content for optimization across multiple types of computing devices. An input publication is analyzed to extract structure and meaning from the input publication to match the input publication with a standardized publication of a standardized publication catalog, the standardized publication having content that is optimized be displayed on a plurality of computing devices. ... Ebay Inc

04/19/18 / #20180110011

Battery charge aware communications

A system and method for conducting battery charge aware communications is disclosed. A system receives a content request from a client device, wherein the content request indicates one or more content items. ... Ebay Inc

04/19/18 / #20180109919

Dynamic geofence based on members within

In one embodiment, a method comprises receiving, via a mobile station, contextual information or geographic location data relating to a plurality of members of the population within the geographic region, identifying a common element in the received contextual information relating to at least two members of the population as a basis for defining a first boundary of the geofence to include the at least two members, wherein the common element is identified upon a comparison of the first and second contextual information, and defining the first boundary of the geofence.. . ... Ebay Inc

04/19/18 / #20180108066

Intelligent online personal assistant with multi-turn dialog based on visual search

Systems, methods, and computer program products for identifying a relevant candidate product in an electronic marketplace. Embodiments perform a visual similarity comparison between candidate product image visual content and input query image visual content, process formal and informal natural language user inputs, and coordinate aggregated past user interactions with the marketplace stored in a knowledge graph. ... Ebay Inc

04/19/18 / #20180108065

Product schematics collection and projection

A method of projecting a likeness of an item onto a surface is disclosed. A determination that a user is interested in an item is made. ... Ebay Inc

04/19/18 / #20180107917

Applying a quantitative range for qualitative terms

In various example embodiments, a system and method for applying a quantitative range for qualitative terms. In one example, a method includes gathering user interactions, identifying a qualitative term included in the user interactions, building an electronic knowledge graph that associates the qualitative term with a quantitative range for the product identified using the qualitative term according to values in the user interactions that include the qualitative term, receiving a query for the product that includes the qualitative term, and performing, in response to receiving the query, a search that limits results according to the quantitative range stored in the knowledge graph.. ... Ebay Inc

04/19/18 / #20180107902

Image analysis and prediction based visual search

Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for adding new features to a network service. A method includes receiving an image depicting an object of interest. ... Ebay Inc

04/19/18 / #20180107738

Searching multiple sellers by multiple matching items

In various exemplary embodiments, a system and associated method perform a search for a plurality of items in an electronic environment. In one embodiment, the system includes a keyword prompt engine to receive a plurality of keywords from an end-user. ... Ebay Inc

04/19/18 / #20180107688

Image appended search string

Example embodiments of the present disclosure include a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for providing an image appended search string. In example embodiments, a selection of an image is received. ... Ebay Inc

04/19/18 / #20180107685

Intelligent online personal assistant with offline visual search database

Systems, methods, and computer program products for identifying a candidate product in an electronic marketplace based on a visual comparison between candidate product image visual content and input query image visual content. Embodiments generate and store descriptive image signatures from candidate product images or selected portions of such images. ... Ebay Inc

04/19/18 / #20180107684

Parallel prediction of multiple image aspects

Example embodiments that analyze images to characterize aspects of the images rely on a same neural network to characterize multiple aspects in parallel. Because additional neural networks are not required for additional aspects, such an approach scales with increased aspects.. ... Ebay Inc

04/19/18 / #20180107682

Category prediction from semantic image clustering

Example embodiments that analyze images to categorize images cluster the images within a same category. Images with mutual semantic similarity are in a same cluster. ... Ebay Inc

04/19/18 / #20180107644

Correction of user input

Systems and methods for receiving a first string from a user in a user session, tracking a first response to the first string from the user in the user session, receiving, after receiving the first string, a second string from the user in the user session, the second string having a character operator difference that is below a threshold number from the first string, tracking a second response to the second string from the user in the user session, associating the first string with the second string in response to the second response comprising a higher number of responses as compared with the first response, removing the association between the first string with the second string in response to the second string being a correction of the first string, and correcting, using the association, user input by replacing a portion of the user input that matches the first string with the second string.. . ... Ebay Inc

04/19/18 / #20180107578

Optimization of power and computational density of a data center

Techniques for optimizing power and computational density of data centers are described. According to various embodiments, a benchmark test is performed by a computer data center system. ... Ebay Inc

04/19/18 / #20180106638

Systems and methods for in-vehicle navigated shopping

Systems and methods to provide a navigated-shopping service are discussed. In an example, a method for navigated-shopping can include receiving a destination location, accessing a route to the destination, displaying the route with indications of a plurality of items for purchase, receiving selection of a selected item, and purchasing the selected item. ... Ebay Inc

04/12/18 / #20180103068

Systems and methods to rotate security assets used for secure communications

Systems and methods to rotate security assets used for secure communication are described. The system retrieves security assets from a security asset repository, the security assets including a first version of the certificate and a second version of the certificate. ... Ebay Inc

04/12/18 / #20180103041

Portable electronic device with user-configurable api data endpoint

Systems, devices methods and media are provided for selecting data received from or sent by a client device. In one example, a system is configured to initiate a user-configurable api data endpoint on the client device and issue a request for access to specified data residing on the client device. ... Ebay Inc

04/12/18 / #20180101893

Systems and methods to select a product title

Systems and methods to select a product title are described. The system identifies a set of item listings respectively describing items being offered for sale on a network-based marketplace. ... Ebay Inc

04/12/18 / #20180101554

Next generation near real-time indexing

Methods and systems to build and utilize a search infrastructure are described. The system generates, by a first indexing subsystem, full indexes of data and sends the full indexes to a plurality of query node servers via a distribution system. ... Ebay Inc

04/05/18 / #20180097660

Public cloud interface for tranceiving corresponding requests and responses to multiple networks

A public cloud can host a multi-network service for transceiving common requests and responses for multiple networks. The public cloud can receive requests from the networks to join the service via an application programming interface (api). ... Ebay Inc

04/05/18 / #20180096178

Warp and weft encoding of garment

In various example embodiments, a system and method for authenticating a garment are presented. The authentication system can include a code reader configured to receive an image of a garment. ... Ebay Inc

04/05/18 / #20180096037

Metadata refinement using behavioral patterns

A system and method of metadata refinement using behavioral patterns is disclosed. In some embodiments, user behavioral data for results of a search query is received. ... Ebay Inc

04/05/18 / #20180095976

Electronic file format modification and optimization

A method of electronic file format conversion and optimization includes requesting a second set of information following receipt of a first set of information used to transfer an electronic file on a website. The method includes receiving the second set of information from a first computing device associated with a first entity. ... Ebay Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089913

Sound recognition

Methods, systems, and apparatus for monitoring a sound are described. An audio signal is obtained and the audio signal is analyzed to generate an audio signature. ... Ebay Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089747

3d printing: marketplace with federated access to printers

Systems, methods, and media for optimizing and facilitating 3d printing services in a marketplace environment are provided. In one example, a system comprises a hosting system to enhance a 3d printing service marketplace environment including marketplace participants and a federated network of 3d printing service providers. ... Ebay Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089735

System and methods for personalization and enhancement of a marketplace

A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a computer-implemented method for enhancing and personalizing an interactive marketplace. The method may include receiving one or more images depicting one or more products owned by a user and identifying the one or more products based on a comparison of the one or more images to a product database. ... Ebay Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089730

Building containers of uncategorized items

Methods and systems to build containers of uncategorized items are described. In some example embodiments, the methods and systems collect information from titles of items available for purchase within a network-based publication system, generate a title for a container of uncategorized items available for purchase within the network-based publication system that is based on the collected information, and associate two or more uncategorized items available for purchase within the network-based publication system to the container based on a comparison of titles of the two or more uncategorized items and the generated title for the container of uncategorized items.. ... Ebay Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084392

Text messaging hub system providing access to local and remote service applications

Example embodiments provide a system and a method for a multi-service hub to respond to a service application request in a text message received from a. Cellular device. ... Ebay Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084088

Request and response decoupling via pluggable transports in a service oriented pipeline architecture for a request response message exchange pattern

A computer-implemented system and method for decoupling processing of request and response messages supporting different pluggable respective transports in a service-oriented pipeline architecture for a request-response message exchange pattern (mep) is disclosed. The method in an example embodiment includes receiving a message having coded therein information identifying a desired pluggable transport mechanism respectively for a request and a response; processing the message through a message processing pipeline; dispatching the processed message to a dispatcher; determining if the desired pluggable transport mechanism is available; activating the desired pluggable transport mechanism, if the desired pluggable transport mechanism is available; and transporting the processed message via the desired pluggable transport mechanism.. ... Ebay Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084074

Prediction-based caching system

Example embodiments provide a prediction-based caching system. The caching system receives an application program interface (api) request from a component of the client device. ... Ebay Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084024

Interactive real-time visualization system for large-scale streaming data

Aspects of the present disclosure involve a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a method for rendering interactive visualizations of high volume streaming data. Streaming data that describes a plurality of events is loaded in memory. ... Ebay Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083955

Multi-session authentication

An approach for multi-session authentication of multiple networked devices is disclosed. A user can create a public key-encrypted message on a client device using biometric data and a one-time password (e.g., one-time password). ... Ebay Inc

03/22/18 / #20180083945

System and method for pool-based identity authentication for service access without use of stored credentials

A computer-implemented system and method for pool-based identity authentication for service access without use of stored credentials is disclosed. The method in an example embodiment includes providing provisioning information for storage in a provisioning repository; receiving a service request from a service consumer, the service request including requestor identifying information; generating an authentication request to send to an authentication authority, the authentication request including requestor identifying information; receiving validation of an authenticated service request from the authentication authority; and providing the requested service to the service consumer.. ... Ebay Inc

03/22/18 / #20180082364

Adaptive risk-based verification and authentication platform

In various exemplary embodiments, a system and associated method to perform an adaptive risk-based assessment of a user is disclosed. The method includes assigning a risk assessment process to the user and providing a plurality of assessment factors to the risk assessment process. ... Ebay Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081985

Systems and methods for providing a user interface with grid view

A tool (systems, apparatus, methodology, application, user interface, etc.) for accessing content, such as webpages hosted over a network such as the internet, and more particularly, a tool for accessing the content of a webpage and further displaying a grid view superimposed over the content of the webpage.. . ... Ebay Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081977

Enhancing search results with social networking data

A method of enhancing search results pertaining to an item with information about the item from a social network is disclosed. It is detected that a user is searching for information about the item in a context outside of a social networking context. ... Ebay Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081893

Prediction-based instant search

Example embodiments provide a system and method for providing prediction-based instant search results. A system detects a current input entered in a search field of a user interface by a user. ... Ebay Inc

03/22/18 / #20180081497

Method and system to display a pop-up window when a user leaves a website

A method and system to display a pop-up window when a user leaves a website are disclosed. A user accesses a website with a web browser. ... Ebay Inc

03/15/18 / #20180075509

Systems and methods to provide search results based on time to obtain

Systems and methods for providing search results based on time obtain an item are discussed. In an example, a method can include receiving a search query, generating search results, calculating a time to obtain for each listing in the search results, and arranging the search results for display. ... Ebay Inc

03/15/18 / #20180075508

Detecting cross-lingual comparable listings for machine translation using image similarity

In various example embodiments, a system and method for a listing engine that translates a first listing from a first language to a second language. The first listing includes an image(s) of a first item. ... Ebay Inc

03/15/18 / #20180075501

Peer-to-peer trading platform

A computer-implemented method and system is disclosed in which a network-based interaction environment includes a plurality of peer-to-peer nodes being able to communicate directly with each other using a peer-to-peer protocol and a peer-to-peer client application, and a first peer-to-peer client application to maintain persistent item information on at least one peer-to-peer node of the plurality of peer-to-peer nodes, the persistent information describing to an item. The first peer-to-peer client application further to maintain persistent user account information in the storage device of the first peer-to-peer node that includes a plurality of peer-to-peer accounts associated with a user account of the first peer-to-peer node. ... Ebay Inc

03/08/18 / #20180068360

Method and system for exposing data used in ranking search results

Methods and systems for enabling access to listing performance data, used in conjunction with a search engine to order search results, are described. Consistent with some embodiments, a listing performance data engine module processes api commands received from client computing systems. ... Ebay Inc

03/08/18 / #20180068031

Enhancing user queries using implicit indicators

In various example embodiments, a system and method for balancing implicit and explicit indicators is presented. In one example, a method includes a user's utterance that includes a user query, extracting user intent parameters from the user query, constructing a structured query in a machine readable format using user intent parameters, determining whether the user query includes an implicit indicator, determining a confidence rating for the implicit indicator, updating the structured query to include the implicit indicator in response to the confidence rating for the implicit indicator being above a threshold value, and submitting the structured query to a database of items.. ... Ebay Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067968

Category-constrained querying using postal addresses

Systems and methods are provided for optimizing querying of distributed systems. A system, including a plurality of subsystems each associated with one or more categories, can receive a query from a client device. ... Ebay Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067915

Method and system to transmit data

Systems, methods and media are provided for facilitating upload of media in online postings. In some embodiments, a publication system comprises processors; and a memory storing instructions that, when executed by at least one processor among the processors, cause the system to perform operations comprising providing, at a publication platform accessible by users via a network, a portal to receive entry of data for posting on the publication system, the portal including an interface having a first user interface element to receive the data from a user for inclusion in a posting; providing an upload application, associated with the interface of the portal the upload application including a second user interface element to receive from the user, via the second user interface element, a media file for inclusion in or association with the posting; and automatically commencing transmission of the media file over the network, for inclusion in or association with the posting, before or while the user enters information into the second user interface element.. ... Ebay Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067657

Data storage space recovery

A write request for the data object is received. The data object is stored at one or more of a plurality of storage nodes according to the write request. ... Ebay Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063281

Data transfer based on transfer cost

Methods, systems, and apparatus for transferring data are described. A list of recipients of the data is obtained and one or more paths to each recipient of the data is determined. ... Ebay Inc

03/01/18 / #20180060696

Probabilistic recommendation of an item

A clustering and recommendation machine determines that an item is included in a cluster of items. The machine accesses item data descriptive of the item. ... Ebay Inc

03/01/18 / #20180060442

Identifying an item based on data associated with the item

There are provided methods and systems to identify an item based on data associated with the item. Information is received that is descriptive of an item to be listed on an information storage and retrieval platform. ... Ebay Inc

02/22/18 / #20180053233

Expandable service architecture with configurable orchestrator

Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for adding new features to a network service. A method includes an operation for receiving, by an orchestrator, a sequence specification for a user activity that identifies a type of interaction between a user and the network service, which includes the orchestrator and service servers. ... Ebay Inc

02/22/18 / #20180053069

Determining an item that has confirmed characteristics

In various example embodiments, a system and method for determining an item that has confirmed characteristics are described herein. An image that depicts an object is received from a client device. ... Ebay Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052938

Methods and systems for social network based content recommendations

Systems and methods are presented for generating recommendations using multi-level social network analysis of user behavior. In some embodiments, the system receives a set of user interactions, from a plurality of users, performed on a set of data objects; generates a set of associations between the set of data objects; and identifies a set of data object clusters indicative of the set of associations. ... Ebay Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052935

Removal of listings based on superiority

A method of generating a user-interface to be displayed at a remote location may include receiving a search request for an item listing receiving a search request for an event at a venue with multiple rows. The method may also include retrieving a first listing and a second listing in a same row of the multiple rows based on the search request, and determining which of the first listing and the second listing is a listing selected for display and which is a listing selected to not be displayed. ... Ebay Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052929

Search of publication corpus with multiple algorithms

Embodiments of the present disclosure relate generally to indexing with multiple algorithms to improve search results of a large corpus.. . ... Ebay Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052928

Semantic forward search indexing of publication corpus

Embodiments of the present disclosure relate generally to semantic indexing to improve search results of a large corpus. Some embodiments identify one or more closest matches between (i) a search semantic vector that corresponds to a search query, the search semantic vector based on a first machine-learned model that projects the search query into a semantic vector space, and (ii) a plurality of publication vectors corresponding to respective publications in the publication corpus, the plurality of publication vectors based on a second machine-learned model that projects the plurality of publication vectors into the semantic vector space.. ... Ebay Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052913

Selecting next user prompt types in an intelligent online personal assistant multi-turn dialog

Systems and methods for selecting types of generated prompts for further data from a user in a multi-turn interactive dialog. In one scenario, a processed sequence of user inputs and machine-generated prompts improves searches for the most relevant items available for purchase in an electronic marketplace. ... Ebay Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052908

Semantic reverse search indexing of publication corpus

Embodiments of the present disclosure relate generally to semantic indexing to improve search results of a large corpus. Some embodiments, with at least one of the keywords of the search query encoded by a semantic vector in a semantic vector space, identify a plurality of candidate publications in the publication corpus, the plurality of candidate publications encoded by a cluster of a plurality of semantic vectors in the semantic vector space, the identifying based on proximity in the semantic vector space between the at least one of the keywords of the search query and keywords in the plurality of candidate publications, the proximity based on a first machine-learned model that projects the at least one keyword in the search query and the keywords in the plurality of candidate publications into the semantic vector space.. ... Ebay Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052905

Browse node creation using frequent pattern mining

A browse node page is addressed by its path. As a result, a web crawler may be more likely to find the browse node than the corresponding parameter-based search page. ... Ebay Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052885

Generating next user prompts in an intelligent online personal assistant multi-turn dialog

Systems and methods for generating prompts for further data from a user in a multi-turn interactive dialog. Embodiments improve searches for the most relevant items available for purchase in an electronic marketplace via a processed sequence of user inputs and machine-generated prompts. ... Ebay Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052884

Knowledge graph construction for intelligent online personal assistant

Processing natural language user inputs into a more formal, machine-readable, structured query representation used for making an item recommendation. Analyses of user inputs are coordinated via a knowledge graph constructed from categories, attributes, and attribute values describing relatively frequently occurring prior interactions of various users with an electronic marketplace. ... Ebay Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052876

Search index trimming

Embodiments of the present disclosure relate generally to index trimming to improve search results of a large corpus. Some embodiments, prior to receiving, from a user device, a search query of one or more keywords searching for a relevant set of publications in a publication corpus, trim candidate publications from a plurality of candidate publications to generate a trimmed plurality of candidate publications.. ... Ebay Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052842

Intelligent online personal assistant with natural language understanding

Systems and methods for transforming formal and informal natural language user inputs into a more formal, machine-readable, structured representation of a search query. In one scenario, a processed sequence of user inputs and machine-generated prompts for further data from a user in a multi-turn interactive dialog improves the efficiency and accuracy of automated searches for the most relevant items available for purchase in an electronic marketplace. ... Ebay Inc

02/15/18 / #20180047085

Ticket identification in an online marketplace

Embodiments of the present disclosure are related to electronic commerce. A method may include identifying at least one user-defined ticket of interest including at least one attribute. ... Ebay Inc

02/15/18 / #20180047071

System and methods for aggregating past and predicting future product ratings

Embodiments of the invention can be utilized in multiple ways to assist in generating “predictions” with regards to the expected ratings or rankings of products or services. These predictions can then be used to inform consumers which products or services are expected to be reliable, good values, etc. ... Ebay Inc

02/15/18 / #20180046611

Snippet generation and item description summarizer

In various example embodiments, a system and method for a target language engine are presented. The target language engine augments a synonym list in a base dictionary of a target language with one or more historical search queries previously submitted to search one or more listings in listing data. ... Ebay Inc

02/08/18 / #20180041640

Method and system to contact a provider

A computer-implemented method and a system to contact a provider via a graphical user interface (gui) are described. The method comprises obtaining, via the gui, selection criteria provided by a user with respect to a provider of a service and initiating a communication with a provider that was automatically selected based on the selection criteria. ... Ebay Inc

02/08/18 / #20180041339

Security authentication system for membership login of online website and method thereof

Disclosed is a security authentication system for a membership login of an online website capable of ensuring a safe membership login without having to directly entering a membership id and a password for a membership login of a certain online website on a user terminal being used in association with a smartphone for a private or public purpose, and a method thereof.. . ... Ebay Inc

02/08/18 / #20180040157

Item model based on descriptor and images

A model generation machine may form all or part of a network-based system. The model generation machine may generate an item model (e.g., a 3d model of the item) based on a set of images of an item and based on a product model (e.g., a 3d model of a product of which the item is a specimen). ... Ebay Inc

02/08/18 / #20180040049

Method for performing sequence labelling on queries

A method of propagating annotations of content items to a search query is disclosed. A strength of a correspondence between a search query and a listing of an item on a network-based publication system is determined. ... Ebay Inc

02/08/18 / #20180040000

Automatic sequential review elicitation

Some embodiments may provide a method and a system for receiving, from a first user, a first evaluation indication with respect to a first publication, and in response to receiving the first evaluation indication, automatically initiating a secondary evaluation process comprising automatically selecting a set of publications including at least a second publication; presenting a first user interface affordance to elicit a selection indication indicating a publication from among the set of publications, receiving a selection indication indicating the second publication, and in response to receiving the selection indication, presenting a second user interface affordance to elicit a second evaluation indication with respect to the second publication.. . ... Ebay Inc

02/08/18 / #20180039916

Access control for a digital event

A method for access control to a digital event is disclosed. The method may include receiving, from a first client device, a request to purchase an electronic ticket for a digital event. ... Ebay Inc

02/08/18 / #20180039866

Fine-grained categorization

An image is passed through an image identifier to identify a coarse category for the image and a bounding box for a categorized object. A mask is used to identify the portion of the image that represents the object. ... Ebay Inc

02/08/18 / #20180039624

User behavior inference for generating a multilingual dictionary

A publication system can receive a first word in a first language. The system can generate a second word in a second language via machine translation and associate the machine translation with a score. ... Ebay Inc

02/01/18 / #20180033299

Traffic disruption detection using passive monitoring of vehicle occupant frustration level

Aspects of the present disclosure include a navigation system and computer-implemented methods for detecting traffic disruption events based on an analysis of input component data obtained from navigation-enabled devices of vehicles near a particular location. Traffic disruption events are events such as accidents, construction road closures, police and speed traps, or road hazards that cause a decrease in the flow of traffic along a particular route and thus, added time delays for occupants of vehicles traveling along those routes. ... Ebay Inc

02/01/18 / #20180033080

Method and system to generate a listing in a network-based commerce system

A method and system of generating a listing in a network-based commerce system is provided. The method includes receiving listing identification data from a user, and retrieving listing data associated with the listing based on the listing identification data. ... Ebay Inc

02/01/18 / #20180033044

System and methods for upcoming event notification and mobile purchasing

A method of providing event notification of upcoming events is provided. A method may include receiving a search request comprising search criteria. ... Ebay Inc

02/01/18 / #20180032559

Mechanism for efficient storage of graph data

Aspects of the present disclosure include a system comprising a machine-readable storage medium storing at least one program and computer-implemented methods for efficiently storing graph data. Consistent with some embodiments, the method includes using the graph data to construct a tree topology bitmap that represents a topology of a portion of the nodes in a tree data structure representing the graph data. ... Ebay Inc

01/25/18 / #20180025310

System and method for dynamic inventory management

A system, method, and computer program product for managing a physical inventory. Image data from a number of cameras is processed to recognize inventory items from identifying indicia and determine their respective locations to build a three-dimensional model of the inventory item distribution. ... Ebay Inc

01/25/18 / #20180025040

Multiple workspace database engine

In various example embodiments, multiple workspaces have access to modify values in a graph database. The graph database can comprise a collection of entity nodes, where each entity node is connected to an identifier node and one or more state nodes. ... Ebay Inc

01/25/18 / #20180024917

A/b testing for mobile applications

A machine may be configured to perform a/b testing on mobile applications. For example, the machine receives an identifier. ... Ebay Inc

01/18/18 / #20180019975

Dynamic transmission of encrypted data

Embodiments of the present disclosure may be used to securely transmit data between multiple computing devices. Among other things, this can greatly extend the range of data transmissions in comparison to fixed-position wireless beacons and access points.. ... Ebay Inc

01/18/18 / #20180019922

Preemptive connection pool adjustments

Systems and methods for preemptive adjustments of connections in a database connection pool are provided. In example embodiments, a number of quality of service engines analyze database connection pool metrics data to generate instructions to increase or decrease the number of connections in a connection pool, preemptively, before shortages or surpluses of connections occur. ... Ebay Inc

01/18/18 / #20180018652

Messaging transaction application

Embodiments of the present disclosure are related to electronic commerce within instant messaging. A system may include a commerce server and an instant messaging server. ... Ebay Inc

01/18/18 / #20180018400

Presentation bias compensation for multiple item internet web pages

Embodiments of the present disclosure can be used to compensate for presentation bias and estimate click-through rates for content objects in different positions on an internet web page. Among other things, this allows internet web page content to be positioned on the web page without necessitating extensive real-world testing, thereby providing better content to users more quickly and efficiently than conventional systems.. ... Ebay Inc

01/11/18 / #20180013859

Method and system for sharing metadata between interfaces

A system communicates a client application and a web application and receives configuration data operable within the web application and the client application. The system distributes the configuration data to the client application and the web application. ... Ebay Inc

01/11/18 / #20180012293

Multi-thread auctions

Users using different messaging webservices or social network platforms can participate in an auction managed by a multi-thread auction system. Users on a first platform may bid on the auction through a message thread configured for the first platform, and users on a second platform may bid on the auction through a message thread configured for the second platform. ... Ebay Inc

01/11/18 / #20180012283

Sensor based product recommendations

A system, method, and computer program product for generating item recommendations based on sensor data captured by sensors on client machines. A server processes collected sensor data to estimate user physical activity based on sensor data patterns, and forms a user profile based on the estimated user physical activity. ... Ebay Inc

01/11/18 / #20180012278

Text translation using contextual information related to text objects in translated language

In an example embodiment, input is received from a first user of a computer system. A text object relating to a first item from the input is created, and translated from a first language to a second language. ... Ebay Inc

01/11/18 / #20180012277

Methods and systems for reducing item selection error in an e-commerce environment

Methods and systems for displaying, to a user interface, categories of items for the user to select from for querying the system, in order to enable the system to return to the user images of items of the type desired by the user for possible purchase. The items categories of items can be presented to the user interface visually in silhouette form so that the user can select brand and the silhouette image of the type of item desired. ... Ebay Inc

01/11/18 / #20180011941

Wear time as metric for buying intent

Example embodiments of the present disclosure include a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for providing a recommendation based on a level of buying intent of an individual. Consistent with some embodiments, the method may include monitoring an amount of time an individual wears a particular item while in a fitting room of a retail store, and determining an interest level of the individual in purchasing the item based on the amount of time the individual wears the item. ... Ebay Inc

01/11/18 / #20180011887

Multiple database updates using paths

Systems and methods for multiple updates to a database using paths is disclosed. Updates to a graph database can be performed by associating an attribute node, that stores the updated value, to the entity node to-be updated. ... Ebay Inc

01/04/18 / #20180007505

Passive dynamic geofencing for mobile devices

Systems and methods for passive dynamic geofencing on a mobile device are discussed. For example, a method for passive dynamic geofencing can include operations such as monitoring a first parent geofence and a first plurality of child geofences; detecting crossing a boundary of the first parent geofence into a second parent geofence; loading the second parent geofence and a second plurality of child geofences encompassed by the second parent geofence; and monitoring the second parent geofence and the second plurality of child geofences.. ... Ebay Inc

01/04/18 / #20180005246

Proactive customer support system

In various example embodiments, a system and method for a proactive customer support system are provided. In some example embodiments, outgoing communications from an application server to a client device are monitored for error messages, outgoing error messages are detected, an error type for an error message is determined, an issue ticket including the error message and the error type is generated, and instructions are transmitted that cause a customer service device to display the issue ticket. ... Ebay Inc

01/04/18 / #20180005141

Intelligent upgrade offering for a listing

A method of generating a user-interface to be displayed at a remote location. The method may include receiving a selection of an item listing for an event from a user at a remote location and determining an upgrade offering for the item listing based on previously accepted upgrade offers. ... Ebay Inc

01/04/18 / #20180004919

Managing supplemental content related to a digital good

In various example embodiments, a system and method for managing supplemental content relating to a digital good are presented. The supplemental content relating to the digital good may be received, where the supplemental content may be for presentation to a consumer. ... Ebay Inc

01/04/18 / #20180004745

Distributed storage of metadata for large binary data

In an example embodiment, a distributed storage system includes a service tier including a service node to receive a request for a logical object comprising binary data and metadata describing the binary data, and a storage tier including a plurality of storage nodes, wherein one or more of the storage nodes is to store the metadata describing the binary data. The distributed storage system also includes a coordination tier to store mapping information identifying the one or more of the storage nodes storing the metadata. ... Ebay Inc

01/04/18 / #20180004364

Digital user interface with item selection

A computer-implemented method of item selection that includes presenting multiple first items that are user selectable in a user interface that each include at least one data field. The method further includes obtaining a user selection of at least one of the first items and generating a rule using a data value from the at least one data field of the user selected item. ... Ebay Inc








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