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Consumer device based point-of-sale

Systems and related methods facilitating interactions between a merchant device, a central system and a consumer device are discussed herein. Wallet identifying data may be used to secure messages between the consumer device and the merchant device over a wireless link. ... Groupon Inc

Method, apparatus, and computer program product for classifying user search data

Provided herein are systems, methods and computer readable media for classifying user search data. An example method comprises accessing user search data, the user search data generated by a user interacting with a promotion and marketing service to identify a requested promotion, determining, using a processor, a first classification of the user search data by parsing the user search data into one or more terms, applying one or more terms within the user search data to a search index, wherein the first classification is configured to generate a mapping from the one or more terms within the user search data to at least one of a service or merchant, determining, using the processor, a second classification of the user search data, wherein the second classification identifies a requested redemption location for the requested promotion and generating an identification pair for the search data that is representative of a promotion tuple, the identification pair comprising the first classification and the second classification.. ... Groupon Inc

Method, apparatus, and computer program product for calculating a supply based on travel propensity

Provided herein are systems, methods and computer readable media for managing a sales pipeline, and in some embodiments, calculating supply based on travel propensity. An example method comprises identifying a total demand for a promotion tuple at a geographic location, determining, using a processor, a promotion area for the promotion tuple, the promotion tuple comprising at least a category, price information and a geographic area, identifying one or more promotions offered by a promotion and marketing service that comprise at least the category and the price information of the promotion tuple, determining whether the total demand for the promotion tuple at the geographic location is satisfied, wherein the total demand is satisfied in an instance in which the geographic location is within the promotion area for the one or more promotions, and identifying a demand gap in an instance in which the total demand for the promotion tuple at the geographic location is not satisfied.. ... Groupon Inc

Location based discovery of real-time merchant device activity

Systems, apparatus, methods, and non-transitory media for consumer interfaces including ambient map displays are discussed herein. Some embodiments may include a system with one or more servers. ... Groupon Inc

Method, apparatus, and computer program product for identifying a service need via a promotional system

A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided for identifying a service need via a promotional system, and offering the service need to a third party. Promotions may be offered via a promotional system for a consumer to purchase in exchange for a discounted product or service from a provider. ... Groupon Inc

Method and system for programmatic analysis of consumer reviews

Embodiments provide a computer-executable method, computer system and non-transitory computer-readable medium for programmatically analyzing a consumer review. The method includes programmatically accessing, via a network device, one or more consumer reviews for a commercial entity or a commercial object. ... Groupon Inc

Methods and systems for detecting geographic areas having elevated supply and demand levels

Various methods are provided for identifying geographic areas having elevated supply and demand levels based on an elevated number of service providers and mobile devices in a geographic area utilizing location services. One example method may comprise identifying a geographic region comprising a pre-defined number of merchant devices, receiving location data associated with a plurality of mobile devices, determining that the number of mobile devices meets a predefined threshold number of mobile devices required in a particular area for the particular area to be considered hot, and classifying the geographic region, comprising both the pre-defined number of merchant devices and at least the predefined threshold number of mobile devices required for the particular area to be considered hot, as a hot zone while those numbers continue to meet the predefined threshold number of mobile devices required in a particular area for the particular area to be considered hot.. ... Groupon Inc

Gps determined location based access to linked information and delivery thereof

Various methods are provided for facilitating access to linked information to gps or short-range wireless equipped devices. One example method may comprise receiving, via a network, an indication of an interaction between a primary device and a third-party device, the indication comprising at least a first element and a second element, the first element indicative of user identification information and the second element indicative of at least one of a location or a bounded region, determining, as a function of at least the first element and the second element, a data object that upon validation is configured for use a subsequent interaction, and transmitting, to a mobile device, an electronic communication comprising an indication, configured for rendering on the mobile device, of the data object.. ... Groupon Inc

Automated dynamic data quality assessment

In general, embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods and computer readable media for automated dynamic data quality assessment. One aspect of the subject matter described in this specification includes the actions of receiving a data quality job including a new data sample; and, if the new data sample is determined to be added to a reservoir of data samples, sending a quality verification request to an oracle; receiving a new data sample quality estimate from the oracle; and adding the new data sample and estimate to the reservoir. ... Groupon Inc

Discovery of new business openings using web content analysis

In general, embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods and computer readable media for identifying a new business based on programmatically analyzing content received from online sources and, as a result, discovering one or more references to the business. In embodiments, the system stores historical data representing previously identified new businesses and then uses attributes of those businesses in search queries to receive related content. ... Groupon Inc

Obfuscation of email addresses

A method, apparatus, and computer program product are disclosed for facilitating two-way email communication in manner that obfuscates sender and recipient email addresses. The method includes receiving a correspondence request indication; assigning a first transaction address to a sender and a second transaction address to a recipient; receiving a message from the sender; associating the message from the sender with the first transaction address; and causing a transmission of the message from the sender to the recipient using the first transaction address. ... Groupon Inc

Centralized, scalable, resource monitoring system

A method, apparatus, and computer program product are disclosed to provide host-independent resource monitoring for distributed networks. The method includes determining, from a set of jobs, one or more jobs to execute that monitor the status of resources within a distributed network. ... Groupon Inc

Embedded storefront

A vertically integrated retail system includes an embedded storefront adapted to operate in a distributed manner through independent units embedded in different web sites or content in other host applications. Each unit of the embedded storefront enables a user to purchase goods, services, or other entities without leaving the host application. ... Groupon Inc

Mobile service applications

Techniques for improved mobile application architectures and service communication protocols are discussed herein. Some embodiments may include a mobile device configured for providing a mobile application including multiple service applications. ... Groupon Inc

03/15/18 / #20180077527

Method and system for enabling the creation and maintenance of proximity-related user groups

Techniques are described for providing location-based information and functionality to people and computing devices in various ways. In at least some situations, the techniques include enabling multiple people in a common geographic area to interact in various ways, such as via devices capable of communications (e.g., cellular telephones, computing devices with wired and/or wireless communications capabilities, etc.), while in other situations at least some users who are remote from a particular geographic area may be allowed to intercommunicate with one or more other users or other entities in or related to that geographic area. ... Groupon Inc

03/15/18 / #20180077526

Presence detection based on crowd surfing signal strength

A method includes receiving wireless signals from consumer devices that are in communicable range of the merchant device. The wireless signals each include a unique identifier associated with one of the consumer devices. ... Groupon Inc

03/08/18 / #20180068363

Facilitating online transactions

Merchandise content is aggregated from numerous merchant sources and presented on computing devices of individual users. Users are able to purchase select individual merchandise items by performing a simplified action, such as a screen tap on a touchscreen device. ... Groupon Inc

03/08/18 / #20180068341

Exporter

A method, apparatus, and computer program product are disclosed for self-service design, scheduling, and delivery of user-defined reports regarding promotions. The method includes receiving, from a user device, a report type and report delivery information. ... Groupon Inc

03/01/18 / #20180060328

Method, apparatus, and computer program product for ranking content channels

A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided for ranking channel pages of a host system. Content channels may comprise content relating to a particular category or having a commonality. ... Groupon Inc

03/01/18 / #20180059906

Learning user interface

Provided herein are method, apparatus, and computer program products for facilitating a learning user interface. The interface may be presented as a plurality of dynamic icons representing a plurality of items. ... Groupon Inc

02/15/18 / #20180047044

Verification of redemption of an electronic offer

A system can determine that a mobile device, located at a physical place of business transmits a first electronic communication for redemption of an electronic offer at the physical place of business. The system can further detect a second electronic communication transmitted from the mobile device, which indicates a first identifier. ... Groupon Inc

02/15/18 / #20180046925

Method, apparatus, and computer program product for determining closing metrics

A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided for calculating closing metrics regarding a contract between a promotion service and provider. A promotional system may calculate a probability of closing, and an estimated time to close. ... Groupon Inc

02/08/18 / #20180041876

Facilitating user interactions based on proximity

Techniques are described for providing location-based information and functionality to people and computing devices in various ways. In at least some situations, the techniques include enabling multiple people in a common geographic area to interact in various ways, such as via devices capable of communications (e.g., cellular telephones, computing devices with wired and/or wireless communications capabilities, etc.). ... Groupon Inc

02/01/18 / #20180032532

Multi-term query subsumption for document classification

In general, embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods and computer readable media for generating an optimal classifying query set for categorizing and/or labeling textual data based on a query subsumption calculus to determine, given two queries, whether one of the queries subsumes another. In one aspect, a method includes generating a group of determining queries based on analyzing text within a document; receiving a group of classifying queries; and, for each determining query within the group of determining queries, determining whether at least one of the classifying queries is subsumed by the determining query; and updating the group of classifying queries in an instance in which the classifying query is subsumed by the determining query.. ... Groupon Inc

01/25/18 / #20180025381

Graph-based compression of data records

In general, embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods and computer readable media for data record compression using graph-based techniques.. . ... Groupon Inc

12/28/17 / #20170372228

Automated adaptive data analysis using dynamic data quality assessment

In general, embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods and computer readable media for automated dynamic data quality assessment. One aspect of the subject matter described in this specification includes the actions of receiving a data quality job including a new data sample; and, if the new data sample is determined to be added to a reservoir of data samples, sending a quality verification request to an oracle; receiving a new data sample quality estimate from the oracle; and adding the new data sample and estimate to the reservoir. ... Groupon Inc

11/30/17 / #20170344565

System, method, and computer program product for generation of local content corpus

A method for generating a body of content relevant to a geographical space can comprise building a gazette containing a lexicon of at least people, places, and organizations. A system can process content obtain from a plurality of sources to bootstrap an initial set of entities for each of the places in the gazette. ... Groupon Inc

11/23/17 / #20170337178

Email suggestor system

The email suggestor system and method provide an efficient and effective way to capture a user identifier, such as an email address of a consumer in a retail environment. The email suggestor system generates one or more suggested first text portions based on input data, outputs at least one of the suggested first text portions, and receives a selection of a first text portion. ... Groupon Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308270

Learning user interface

Provided herein are method, apparatus, and computer program products for facilitating a learning user interface. The interface may be presented as a plurality of dynamic icons representing a plurality of items. ... Groupon Inc

09/21/17 / #20170272909

Location based discovery of real-time merchant device activity

Systems, apparatus, methods, and non-transitory media for consumer interfaces including ambient map displays are discussed herein. Some embodiments may include a system with one or more servers. ... Groupon Inc

08/17/17 / #20170236141

Method, apparatus, and computer program product for auto-replenishing an inventory of promotions

A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided for providing auto-replenishment of an inventory of promotions. Auto-replenishment amounts and dates may be determined based on a variety of factors including current inventory, outstanding promotions, redemption ratios and redemption rates. ... Groupon Inc

08/10/17 / #20170228588

Method, apparatus, and computer program product for classification of documents

Provided herein are systems, methods and computer readable media for classification of documents using a location hierarchy. An example method may include receiving a feature vector r that represents occurrence counts of references in a document's text to each of a group of named entities, and determining whether the document is associated with the particular location by querying, to determine a query result, using feature vector r, at least one location-specific classifier from a group of location-specific classifiers, wherein the location-specific classifier is associated with the particular location, and wherein the location-specific classifier is configured to generate a positive output value in response to receiving an input feature vector representing occurrence count of at least one reference to the particular named entity and determining that the document is associated with the particular location in an instance in which the query result includes data indicating that the positive output value was generated by the location-specific classifier that is associated with the particular location.. ... Groupon Inc

08/03/17 / #20170221128

Sentiment extraction from consumer reviews for providing product recommendations

A system and method for recommending a product to a user in response to a query for a product with a feature wherein the recommendation is accompanied by a quotation expressing a sentiment about the feature or the product.. . ... Groupon Inc

07/27/17 / #20170213226

Method, apparatus, and computer program product for consumer tracking

Provided herein are systems, methods and computer readable media for consumer monitor and tracking. An example method may include receiving client device id and client device profile data, comparing client device id and client device profile data to a plurality of known client device versions, generating an updated known client device version in an instance in which the client device id correlates to at least one of the plurality of known client device versions and the client device profile data does not correlate to the at least one of the plurality of known client device versions and generating a new known client device version in an instance in which the client device id does not correlate to at least one of the plurality of known client device versions.. ... Groupon Inc

07/06/17 / #20170193503

Gift card transfer security

Techniques for securing electronic gift cards transferrable over a network are discussed hereon. The system may include one or more servers configured to: associate a balance value with the gift card; receive a request for the balance value from a device via the network; in response to receiving the request for the balance value: verify whether the device is eligible to receive the balance value based on merchant verification data received from the device; and in response to determining that the device is ineligible to receive the balance value, withhold the balance value from the device.. ... Groupon Inc

06/22/17 / #20170180941

Method and system for determining location of mobile device

Provided herein are system, methods and computer readable storage media in facilitating the determination of a location of at least one mobile device. In providing such functionality, the system may be configured to, for example, receive contextual data corresponding to a contextual state of a mobile device, determine the location of a mobile device, and transmit the location of the mobile device to at least one other mobile device.. ... Groupon Inc

06/15/17 / #20170169361

Learning user interface

Provided herein are method, apparatus, and computer program products for facilitating a learning user interface. The interface may be presented as a plurality of dynamic icons representing a plurality of items. ... Groupon Inc

05/18/17 / #20170140419

Offline location-based consumer metrics using online signals

A business monitoring system is described herein that brings together the previously separate worlds of social media and offline secret shopper and similar programs. With the business monitoring system, owners of brands are able to monitor the local voice of the customer to detect local and regional trends in sentiment and activity, build benchmarks and goals for local storefronts, evaluate in-store operations and customer service trends, and measure the local impact of marketing and advertising initiatives. ... Groupon Inc

05/18/17 / #20170139880

System and method for providing content to users based on interactions by similar other users

A system and method indicates certain terms on a web page as links or portals to additional information and then allows the user to click the link or operate the portal to obtain the additional information, which may be a different web page on the world wide web.. . ... Groupon Inc

05/11/17 / #20170132654

Deal scoring system and method

Prospective deals for a deal vendor's deal inventory may be scored according to one or more population-specific expected-yield scores, such as expected revenue yield, expected new customers yield, and the like. A prospective deal is categorized and characterized according to a number of yield-related characteristics. ... Groupon Inc

05/04/17 / #20170124178

Dynamic clustering for streaming data

In general, embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods and computer readable media for modeling multi-dimensional, dynamically evolving data using dynamic clustering. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a core group of clusters of objects, each object being represented by a corresponding instance of a multi-dimensional feature vector including a dimension k; receiving a stream of data points representing a group of objects, each data point respectively representing an instance of dimension k describing a feature of an object within the group of objects; and, for each data point, adding an object described by the data point to a first cluster of objects within the core group of clusters; updating properties of the first cluster of objects in response to adding the object; and determining whether to update the core group of clusters using the updated properties of the first cluster of objects.. ... Groupon Inc

02/23/17 / #20170052967

System, method, and computer program product for automated discovery, curation and editing of online local content

A method for quantifying localness of content can be organized into several stages of information acquisition and processing, with each stage focusing on filtering or qualifying content based on geographic information relevant to a place. The method may comprise bootstrapping an initial set of terms for the place, building a local content corpus for the place utilizing the initial set of terms, and populating an index with information from documents in the local content corpus. ... Groupon Inc

02/02/17 / #20170032409

Graph-based compression of data records

In general, embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods and computer readable media for data record compression using graph-based techniques.. . ... Groupon Inc

02/02/17 / #20170031927

Multi-term query subsumption for document classification

In general, embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods and computer readable media for for generating an optimal classifying query set for categorizing and/or labeling textual data based on a query subsumption calculus to determine, given two queries, whether one of the queries subsumes another. In one aspect, a method includes generating a group of determining queries based on analyzing text within a document; receiving a group of classifying queries; and, for each determining query within the group of determining queries, determining whether at least one of the classifying queries is subsumed by the determining query; and updating the group of classifying queries in an instance in which the classifying query is subsumed by the determining query.. ... Groupon Inc

01/26/17 / #20170024427

Automated dynamic data quality assessment

In general, embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods and computer readable media for automated dynamic data quality assessment. One aspect of the subject matter described in this specification includes the actions of receiving a data quality job including a new data sample; and, if the new data sample is determined to be added to a reservoir of data samples, sending a quality verification request to an oracle; receiving a new data sample quality estimate from the oracle; and adding the new data sample and estimate to the reservoir. ... Groupon Inc








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