08036946 cites 5 patents.

A method for making an inference based on cumulative data. The method utilizes video, audio, and biometric devices to observe a retail environment for the presence of a customer. Once a customer is present, the method identifies every cohort to which the customer corresponds. Next, the method observes the customer as they peruse aisles in the retail environment. When the customer selects a product, the method identifies the selected product and searches the cohorts for alternate products to offer the customer. The method offers one alternate product to the customer and records to the cohorts whether the customer thereinafter accepts the method's offer and selects the alternate product or rejects the method's offer and continues perusing the retail environment aisles. The method continues observing the customer and offering alternate product until the customer leaves the retail environment.

Title
System and method for making an inference based on cumulative data
Application Number
12/264963
Publication Number
8036946 (B2)
Application Date
November 5, 2008
Publication Date
October 11, 2011
Inventor
Le Gang Wu
Shanghai
CN
James R Kraemer
Santa Fe
NM, US
Robert R Friedlander
Southbury
CT, US
Jack Chen
YongHe
TW
Vinod A Bijlani
Pune
IN, US
Robert Lee Angell
Salt Lake City
UT, US
Agent
John Pivnichny
Schmeiser Olsen & Watts
Assignee
International Business Machines Corporation
NY, US
IPC
G06G 7/00
G06F 15/18
G06E 3/00
G06E 1/00
G06Q 30/00
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