Patent Number: 6,311,178

Title: Multi-element confidence matching system and the method therefor

Abstract: 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

Inventors: Bi; Fujun (Beijing, CN), Li; Ran (Danville, CA), Bliss; Shaun (Alameda, CA), Nojoomi; Reza (San Ramon, CA), Yan; Hong (San Ramon, CA)

Assignee: Webplus, Ltd.

International Classification: G06F 17/30 (20060101); G06F 017/30 (); G06F 017/60 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018