Chicago Heights, ILLINOIS, United States
Chicago Heights, ILLINOIS, United States

Groupon is a deal-of-the-day website that features discounted gift certificates usable at local or national companies. Groupon was launched in November 2008, and the first market for Groupon was Chicago, followed soon thereafter by Boston, New York City, and Toronto. By October 2010 Groupon served more than 150 markets in North America and 100 markets in Europe, Asia and South America and had 35 million registered users.The idea for Groupon was created by now-ousted CEO and Pittsburgh native Andrew Mason. The idea subsequently gained the attention of his former employer, Eric Lefkofsky, who provided $1 million in "seed money" to develop the idea. In April 2010, the company was valued at $1.35 billion. According to a December 2010 report conducted by Groupon's marketing association and reported in Forbes Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, Groupon was "projecting that the company is on pace to make $1 billion in sales faster than any other business, ever".However, a report from Forrester Research in October 2011 suggested that the Groupon business model was a "disaster" and that the firm had become an example of "how fast an Internet darling can fall."In its first earnings release as a public company, Groupon reported a 2011 fourth-quarter loss of $9.8 million on an adjusted basis, disappointing investors. Additional investor concern arose after the company restated 2011 revenues downward in March 2012. Wikipedia.


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Groupon | Date: 2016-05-03

In general, embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods and computer readable media for data record compression using graph-based techniques.


A method for quantifying localness of content can be organized into several stages of information acquisition and processing, with each stage focusing on filtering or qualifying content based on geographic information relevant to a place. The method may comprise bootstrapping an initial set of terms for the place, building a local content corpus for the place utilizing the initial set of terms, and populating an index with information from documents in the local content corpus. In response to a request about the place, a query is formed and provided to the index for retrieving local content relevant to the place.


In general, embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods and computer readable media for for generating an optimal classifying query set for categorizing and/or labeling textual data based on a query subsumption calculus to determine, given two queries, whether one of the queries subsumes another. In one aspect, a method includes generating a group of determining queries based on analyzing text within a document; receiving a group of classifying queries; and, for each determining query within the group of determining queries, determining whether at least one of the classifying queries is subsumed by the determining query; and updating the group of classifying queries in an instance in which the classifying query is subsumed by the determining query.


Patent
Groupon | Date: 2016-05-23

In general, embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods and computer readable media for automated dynamic data quality assessment. One aspect of the subject matter described in this specification includes the actions of receiving a data quality job including a new data sample; and, if the new data sample is determined to be added to a reservoir of data samples, sending a quality verification request to an oracle; receiving a new data sample quality estimate from the oracle; and adding the new data sample and estimate to the reservoir. A second aspect of the subject matter includes the actions of receiving, from a predictive model, a judgment associated with a new data sample; analyzing the new data sample based in part on the judgment to determine whether to send a new data sample quality verification request to an oracle; and, if a new data sample quality estimate is received from the oracle, determining whether to add the new data sample and the judgment to the reservoir.


Provided herein are systems, methods and computer readable media for determining whether to suppress presentation of a promotion from a promotion program in an electronic correspondence to a consumer. An example system may performing operations comprising receiving a set of promotions selected for presentation to the consumer in the electronic correspondence, each promotion respectively associated with a promotion score representing an estimated acceptance of the associated promotion by the consumer, determining, using a rules-based filter comprising a set of rules, whether to modify the promotion score, including geofencing data and the consumers previous promotion purchasing history, in an instance in which the promotion score is modified, determining whether to suppress presentation of the promotion in the electronic correspondence based at least in part on the modified promotion score.


Techniques for programmatically interfacing with mobile chat sessions are discussed herein. Some embodiments may include one or more servers configured to: access the mobile chat session hosted by the mobile chat server; receive input chat data from the mobile chat server; determine promotions scores of candidate promotions based at least in part on the input chat data; and provide the output chat data to the mobile chat server including an electronic marketing communication of one or more promotions selected based on the promotion scores. The one or more servers may be further configured to programmatically interact with chat accounts within the mobile chat session, such as to request additional search terms for improved promotion relevance targeting, among other things.


Patent
Groupon | Date: 2016-02-17

The circle model powered suggestions and activities system provides a way to efficiently and effectively manage relationships. The circle model powered suggestions and activities system provides a way to model relationships for a user and assist the user with creating groupings of relevant constituents into context circles, provide suggested activities to members of the modeled relationships as well as facilitate the user with managing the users relationships. The system analyzes public and private data, and tracks the users interactions and the interactions of the constituents of the user in order to generate suggested activities (including conversation starters) for the users and the constituents of the users. The system refines the semantic analysis and learning algorithms used to perform the analysis by analyzing the activities engaged in by the users and the constituents of the users related to suggested activities.


Patent
Groupon | Date: 2016-05-27

Techniques for providing consumer device interfaces are discussed herein. Some embodiments may include a system, including processing circuitry configured to: connect with a consumer device via a network; provide a search interface to the consumer device; receive one or more search parameters form the consumer device via the network; determine card scores for candidate cards based on the one or more search parameters, wherein each card includes an electronic marketing message indicating one or more items; determine a card score ranking based on the card scores; determine whether the consumer device is a mobile device; and in response to determining that the consumer device is a mobile device: determine mobile card layout; generate a mobile interface based on the mobile card layout; and provide one or more of the candidate cards to the mobile interface based on the card score ranking and the mobile card layout.


Provided herein are systems, methods and computer readable media for creating and managing temporary virtual groups. An example apparatus may be configured enable an administrative entity to establish a temporary virtual group, enable the administrative entity to define configuration information for the temporary virtual group, the enabling of the administrative entity to define the configuration information comprising establishing membership criteria for admittance of one or more members to the temporary virtual group, establishing rules of interaction among the one or more members of that the temporary virtual group, establishing termination criteria, the termination criteria configured to determine when the temporary virtual group will terminate, and facilitate transmission of the message from the first member to a second member, and terminate the temporary virtual group upon determination that the termination criteria is met.


Patent
Groupon | Date: 2016-03-02

A method, apparatus, and computer program product are disclosed to provide host-independent resource monitoring for distributed networks. The method includes determining, from a set of jobs, one or more jobs to execute that monitor the status of resources within a distributed network. The method determines one or more environments in which to run the one or more jobs, and instantiates the one or more jobs with one or more environment variables for the determined one or more environments such that the one or more jobs are configured for operation in the determined one or more environments. The method accordingly displays, using a graphical user interface, a job environment matrix including a list of the set of jobs in conjunction with a running status of each of the jobs in each of one or more environments. A corresponding apparatus and computer program product are also provided.

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