06311178 is referenced by 142 patents and cites 18 patents.

The present invention relates to a computer matching system used by a plurality of users and the method therefor, said system comprising a database; an offer creation program means for creating an entity for an offer input by each user in the database and storing said offer therein; and a search engine for comparing and matching a requirement input by a user with other users' offers stored in the database and returning matching results to said user. Advantageously, said requirement includes multiple elements as search criteria, each of said elements is assigned a weight of importance thereby each matching result has a search score indicating satisfaction level of said user, said search engine further perform ordering and ranking of said matching results according to the respective search scores thereof, and only the matching results have search scores above a predetermined satisfaction level are returned to said user. Said multi-element confidence matching system can automatically provide the user or trader with the information he is interested in without the intervention of the trader, and give the user the maximum amount of information about offers which may meet their requirement, so as to give the trader the ability to not just see offers which exactly match their criteria, but ones which come close or can fulfill part of, or more than, their needs, thereby the trader may conduct the search efficiently

Title
Multi-element confidence matching system and the method therefor
Application Number
9/155473
Publication Number
6311178 (B1)
Application Date
September 29, 1998
Publication Date
October 30, 2001
Inventor
Hong Yan
San Ramon
CA, US
Reza Nojoomi
San Ramon
CA, US
Shaun Bliss
Alameda
CA, US
Ran Li
Danville
CA, US
Fujun Bi
Beijing
US
Agent
Flehr Hohbach Test Albritton & Herbert
US
Assignee
Webplus
US
IPC
G06F 17/30
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