05013038 is referenced by 175 patents and cites 7 patents.

A method of determining the winners of, for example, a game of skill in conjunction with a football or baseball game without the input of all the scores is provided. By the use of statistical sampling a small fraction of the remote players upload their scores to a central station via a telephone line, for example. Then, when the tentative winners are determined from this small statistical sample, the mass communications link of the system downloads the statistical curve to all of the players and only those players who are equal or better than the winning score telephone. Thus, time and money are saved for the telphone up-link. Furthermore, overcrowding of the telephone system is avoided by a proper delay given the individual remote sources.

Title
method of evaluating data relating to a common subject
Application Number
7/448001
Publication Number
5013038
Application Date
December 8, 1989
Publication Date
May 7, 1991
Inventor
Robert J Brown
Los Altos Hills
CA, US
Robert A Luxenberg
Sunnyvale
CA, US
Agent
Flehr Hohbach Test Albritton & Herbert
Assignee
Interactive Network
CA, US
IPC
H04H 9/00
A63F 9/22
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