US Patent No: 7,912,702

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Statistical language model trained with semantic variants

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An intelligent query system for processing voiced-based queries is disclosed, which uses a combination of both statistical and semantic based processing to identify the question posed by the user by understanding the meaning of the user's utterance. Based on identifying the meaning of the utterance, the system selects a single answer that best matches the user's query. The answer that is paired to this single question is then retrieved and presented to the user. The system, as implemented, accepts environmental variables selected by the user and is scalable to provide answers to a variety and quantity of user-initiated queries.

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NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.ARMONK, NY1884

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Bennett, Ian Palo Alto, US 54 1012

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* 7,398,209 Systems and methods for responding to natural language speech utterance 168 2003
* 7,392,185 Speech based learning/training system using semantic decoding 105 2003
* 7,725,307 Query engine for processing voice based queries including semantic decoding 110 2003
7,349,845 Method and apparatus for dynamic modification of command weights in a natural language understanding system 42 2003
2004/0148,172 Prosodic mimic method and apparatus 26 2003
7,206,389 Method and apparatus for generating a speech-recognition-based call-routing system 62 2004
* 7,624,007 System and method for natural language processing of sentence based queries 93 2004
* 7,702,508 System and method for natural language processing of query answers 92 2004
* 7,729,904 Partial speech processing device and method for use in distributed systems 99 2004
2006/0111,909 System and method for providing network coordinated conversational services 37 2005
* 7,647,225 Adjustable resource based speech recognition system 91 2006
* 7,698,131 Speech recognition system for client devices having differing computing capabilities 83 2007
* 7,725,320 Internet based speech recognition system with dynamic grammars 93 2007
* 7,672,841 Method for processing speech data for a distributed recognition system 79 2008
* 7,725,321 Speech based query system using semantic decoding 80 2008
 
HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT LP (1)
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Voice Powered Technology International, Inc. (1)
5,602,963 Voice activated personal organizer 115 1993
 
FONIX CORPORATION (1)
5,873,062 User independent, real-time speech recognition system and method 37 1997
 
E*TRADE FINANCIAL CORPORATION (2)
6,157,705 Voice control of a server 151 1997
6,418,199 Voice control of a server 96 2000
 
TRAVELOCITY.COM LP (1)
2003/0158,738 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING TRAVEL SERVICE INFORMATION BASED UPON A SPEECH-BASED REQUEST 25 1999
 
MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
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International Voice Register, Inc. (1)
5,758,322 Method and apparatus for conducting point-of-sale transactions using voice recognition 200 1994
 
AMI SEMICONDUCTOR, INC. (1)
4,521,907 Multiplier/adder circuit 86 1982
 
NEC CORPORATION (3)
6,044,266 Method and apparatus for transmitting data packets over voice channel 50 1997
6,522,725 Speech recognition system capable of flexibly changing speech recognizing function without deteriorating quality of recognition result 31 1998
6,397,188 Natural language dialogue system automatically continuing conversation on behalf of a user who does not respond 24 1999
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (19)
5,802,526 System and method for graphically displaying and navigating through an interactive voice response menu 327 1996
5,913,193 Method and system of runtime acoustic unit selection for speech synthesis 157 1996
5,983,190 Client server animation system for managing interactive user interface characters 299 1997
5,802,256 Generating improved belief networks 64 1997
5,933,822 Apparatus and methods for an information retrieval system that employs natural language processing of search results to improve overall precision 522 1997
6,374,219 System for using silence in speech recognition 45 1998
6,901,399 System for processing textual inputs using natural language processing techniques 171 1998
6,298,324 Speech recognition system with changing grammars and grammar help command 60 1998
6,246,977 Information retrieval utilizing semantic representation of text and based on constrained expansion of query words 124 1999
6,601,026 Information retrieval by natural language querying 415 1999
6,807,574 Method and apparatus for content personalization over a telephone interface 266 1999
6,970,915 Streaming content over a telephone interface 196 1999
6,842,767 Method and apparatus for content personalization over a telephone interface with adaptive personalization 329 2000
6,745,161 System and method for incorporating concept-based retrieval within boolean search engines 167 2000
6,910,003 System, method and article of manufacture for concept based information searching 196 2000
6,961,694 Method and apparatus for reducing latency in speech-based applications 23 2001
7,092,871 Tokenizer for a natural language processing system 28 2001
6,985,852 Method and apparatus for dynamic grammars and focused semantic parsing 31 2001
7,177,799 Semantic analysis system for interpreting linguistic structures output by a natural language linguistic analysis system 29 2002
 
MICROSTRATEGY INCORPORATED (4)
6,850,603 System and method for the creation and automatic deployment of personalized dynamic and interactive voice services 133 1999
6,964,012 System and method for the creation and automatic deployment of personalized, dynamic and interactive voice services, including deployment through personalized broadcasts 116 1999
6,885,734 System and method for the creation and automatic deployment of personalized, dynamic and interactive inbound and outbound voice services, with real-time interactive voice database queries 167 2000
6,940,953 System and method for the creation and automatic deployment of personalized, dynamic and interactive voice services including module for generating and formatting voice services 103 2000
 
TEXTWISE LLC (2)
6,076,088 Information extraction system and method using concept relation concept (CRC) triples 353 1997
6,304,864 System for retrieving multimedia information from the internet using multiple evolving intelligent agents 262 1999
 
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5,956,683 Distributed voice recognition system 158 1996
6,411,926 Distributed voice recognition system 46 1999
7,203,643 Method and apparatus for transmitting speech activity in distributed voice recognition systems 37 2002
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (1)
6,141,640 Multistage positive product vector quantization for line spectral frequencies in low rate speech coding 41 1998
 
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5,703,935 Automated telephone operator services 118 1994
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6,970,554 System and method for observing calls to a call center 77 2002
7,003,079 Apparatus and method for monitoring performance of an automated response system 81 2002
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WORD TO INFO, INC. (1)
6,138,087 Memory system for storing and retrieving experience and knowledge with natural language utilizing state representation data, word sense numbers, function codes and/or directed graphs 47 1997
 
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5,751,907 Speech synthesizer having an acoustic element database 38 1995
5,797,123 Method of key-phase detection and verification for flexible speech understanding 158 1996
 
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RPX CORPORATION (1)
6,081,774 Natural language information retrieval system and method 379 1997
 
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5,509,104 Speech recognition employing key word modeling and non-key word modeling 98 1993
5,675,707 Automated call router system and method 155 1995
6,032,111 Method and apparatus for compiling context-dependent rewrite rules and input strings 106 1997
5,860,063 Automated meaningful phrase clustering 149 1997
6,192,110 Method and apparatus for generating sematically consistent inputs to a dialog manager 135 1997
6,243,679 Systems and methods for determinization and minimization a finite state transducer for speech recognition 82 1998
6,697,780 Method and apparatus for rapid acoustic unit selection from a large speech corpus 100 2000
6,651,043 User barge-in enablement in large vocabulary speech recognition systems 44 2001
2003/0191,625 Method and system for creating a named entity language model 75 2003
7,231,341 System and method for natural language generation 27 2005
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FUJI XEROX CO., LTD. (1)
* 2010/0138,894 INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM 2 2009
 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (1)
* 2014/0046,947 CONTENT REVISION USING QUESTION AND ANSWER GENERATION 1 2012
 
NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS, INC. (7)
* 8,229,734 Semantic decoding of user queries 3 2008
* 2009/0157,401 Semantic Decoding of User Queries 75 2008
* 8,165,887 Data-driven voice user interface 1 2008
* 2010/0145,710 Data-Driven Voice User Interface 7 2008
8,732,114 Knowledge re-use for call routing 0 2009
* 2009/0259,613 Knowledge Re-Use for Call Routing 0 2009
* 8,688,453 Intent mining via analysis of utterances 2 2011
 
APPLE INC. (77)
8,677,377 Method and apparatus for building an intelligent automated assistant 14 2006
8,458,278 Method and apparatus for displaying information during an instant messaging session 3 2007
* 2007/0156,910 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING INFORMATION DURING AN INSTANT MESSAGING SESSION 14 2007
8,977,255 Method and system for operating a multi-function portable electronic device using voice-activation 0 2007
8,527,861 Methods and apparatuses for display and traversing of links in page character array 0 2007
8,645,137 Fast, language-independent method for user authentication by voice 8 2007
9,053,089 Part-of-speech tagging using latent analogy 0 2007
8,364,694 Search assistant for digital media assets 1 2007
* 2009/0112,647 Search Assistant for Digital Media Assets 2 2007
8,620,662 Context-aware unit selection 4 2007
* 2009/0132,253 Context-aware unit selection 3 2007
8,289,283 Language input interface on a device 14 2008
* 2009/0225,041 LANGUAGE INPUT INTERFACE ON A DEVICE 42 2008
9,330,720 Methods and apparatus for altering audio output signals 0 2008
8,996,376 Intelligent text-to-speech conversion 0 2008
8,768,702 Multi-tiered voice feedback in an electronic device 0 2008
8,898,568 Audio user interface 9 2008
8,712,776 Systems and methods for selective text to speech synthesis 3 2008
8,583,418 Systems and methods of detecting language and natural language strings for text to speech synthesis 2 2008
8,396,714 Systems and methods for concatenation of words in text to speech synthesis 11 2008
8,355,919 Systems and methods for text normalization for text to speech synthesis 13 2008
8,352,268 Systems and methods for selective rate of speech and speech preferences for text to speech synthesis 14 2008
8,352,272 Systems and methods for text to speech synthesis 11 2008
* 2010/0082,328 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SPEECH PREPROCESSING IN TEXT TO SPEECH SYNTHESIS 19 2008
* 2010/0082,329 SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF DETECTING LANGUAGE AND NATURAL LANGUAGE STRINGS FOR TEXT TO SPEECH SYNTHESIS 18 2008
* 2010/0082,348 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TEXT NORMALIZATION FOR TEXT TO SPEECH SYNTHESIS 16 2008
8,676,904 Electronic devices with voice command and contextual data processing capabilities 3 2008
8,862,252 Audio user interface for displayless electronic device 0 2009
8,380,507 Systems and methods for determining the language to use for speech generated by a text to speech engine 2 2009
* 2010/0228,549 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING THE LANGUAGE TO USE FOR SPEECH GENERATED BY A TEXT TO SPEECH ENGINE 4 2009
* 2011/0010,179 VOICE SYNTHESIS AND PROCESSING 0 2009
8,614,431 Automated response to and sensing of user activity in portable devices 5 2009
8,682,649 Sentiment prediction from textual data 7 2009
8,345,665 Text to speech conversion of text messages from mobile communication devices 12 2009
8,600,743 Noise profile determination for voice-related feature 1 2010
8,311,838 Devices and methods for identifying a prompt corresponding to a voice input in a sequence of prompts 1 2010
8,682,667 User profiling for selecting user specific voice input processing information 9 2010
8,639,516 User-specific noise suppression for voice quality improvements 0 2010
8,713,021 Unsupervised document clustering using latent semantic density analysis 1 2010
9,104,670 Customized search or acquisition of digital media assets 0 2010
8,719,006 Combined statistical and rule-based part-of-speech tagging for text-to-speech synthesis 4 2010
8,719,014 Electronic device with text error correction based on voice recognition data 1 2010
9,318,108 Intelligent automated assistant 0 2011
8,781,836 Hearing assistance system for providing consistent human speech 0 2011
9,262,612 Device access using voice authentication 0 2011
8,812,294 Translating phrases from one language into another using an order-based set of declarative rules 0 2011
8,706,472 Method for disambiguating multiple readings in language conversion 6 2011
8,762,156 Speech recognition repair using contextual information 6 2011
8,688,446 Providing text input using speech data and non-speech data 11 2011
8,775,442 Semantic search using a single-source semantic model 8 2012
8,296,383 Electronic devices with voice command and contextual data processing capabilities 21 2012
8,762,469 Electronic devices with voice command and contextual data processing capabilities 0 2012
8,713,119 Electronic devices with voice command and contextual data processing capabilities 0 2012
8,670,985 Devices and methods for identifying a prompt corresponding to a voice input in a sequence of prompts 0 2012
8,935,167 Exemplar-based latent perceptual modeling for automatic speech recognition 0 2012
9,330,381 Portable multifunction device, method, and graphical user interface for viewing and managing electronic calendars 0 2012
9,117,447 Using event alert text as input to an automated assistant 0 2012
8,942,986 Determining user intent based on ontologies of domains 1 2012
8,903,716 Personalized vocabulary for digital assistant 0 2012
8,892,446 Service orchestration for intelligent automated assistant 3 2012
8,799,000 Disambiguation based on active input elicitation by intelligent automated assistant 1 2012
8,706,503 Intent deduction based on previous user interactions with voice assistant 9 2012
8,670,979 Active input elicitation by intelligent automated assistant 2 2012
8,660,849 Prioritizing selection criteria by automated assistant 7 2012
8,718,047 Text to speech conversion of text messages from mobile communication devices 0 2012
8,639,716 Search assistant for digital media assets 0 2013
9,311,043 Adaptive audio feedback system and method 0 2013
8,751,238 Systems and methods for determining the language to use for speech generated by a text to speech engine 1 2013
8,930,191 Paraphrasing of user requests and results by automated digital assistant 1 2013
8,731,942 Maintaining context information between user interactions with a voice assistant 2 2013
9,280,610 Crowd sourcing information to fulfill user requests 0 2013
9,075,783 Electronic device with text error correction based on voice recognition data 0 2013
8,943,089 Search assistant for digital media assets 0 2013
9,190,062 User profiling for voice input processing 0 2014
9,300,784 System and method for emergency calls initiated by voice command 0 2014
9,338,493 Intelligent automated assistant for TV user interactions 0 2014
9,305,101 Search assistant for digital media assets 0 2015
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (1)
* 8,112,269 Determining utility of a question 0 2008
 
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (1)
8,543,407 Speech interface system and method for control and interaction with applications on a computing system 2 2012
 
AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (4)
8,768,852 Determining phrases related to other phrases 0 2009
* 2010/0179,801 Determining Phrases Related to Other Phrases 23 2009
* 9,298,700 Determining similar phrases 0 2009
8,799,658 Sharing media items with pass phrases 12 2010
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