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.
Groupon | Date: 2017-04-17
A system and method for recommending a product to a user in response to a query for a product with a feature wherein the recommendation is accompanied by a quotation expressing a sentiment about the feature or the product.
Groupon | Date: 2017-07-05
A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided for electronic transactions based on a reply message. In the context of a computer executed method, the method includes receiving a message, from a sender device, including a reply to buy (RTB) identifier associated with a promotion and a RTB validation code. The method also includes authenticating, using a promotion and marketing service host, the RTB validation code, associating the message from the sender with a recipient identifier, and causing the transmission of a purchase order message to the recipient device based on the RTB identifier.
Groupon | Date: 2017-02-27
Provided herein are systems, methods and computer readable media for classification of documents using a location hierarchy. An example method may include receiving a feature vector r that represents occurrence counts of references in a documents text to each of a group of named entities, and determining whether the document is associated with the particular location by querying, to determine a query result, using feature vector r, at least one location-specific classifier from a group of location-specific classifiers, wherein the location-specific classifier is associated with the particular location, and wherein the location-specific classifier is configured to generate a positive output value in response to receiving an input feature vector representing occurrence count of at least one reference to the particular named entity and determining that the document is associated with the particular location in an instance in which the query result includes data indicating that the positive output value was generated by the location-specific classifier that is associated with the particular location.
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.
Groupon | Date: 2016-06-30
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.
Groupon | Date: 2016-05-31
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.
Groupon | Date: 2016-08-02
Prospective deals for a deal vendors deal inventory may be scored according to one or more population-specific expected-yield scores, such as expected revenue yield, expected new customers yield, and the like. A prospective deal is categorized and characterized according to a number of yield-related characteristics. Some or all of the prospective deals characteristics are mapped to yield components derived from completed deals that have been offered to a particular population. An expected-yield score for a prospective deal with regard to that population is obtained by combining the mapped yield components.
Groupon | Date: 2017-03-07
Provided herein are system, methods and computer readable storage media in facilitating the determination of a location of at least one mobile device. In providing such functionality, the system may be configured to, for example, receive contextual data corresponding to a contextual state of a mobile device, determine the location of a mobile device, and transmit the location of the mobile device to at least one other mobile device.
Groupon | Date: 2017-06-21
The method, apparatus, and computer program product provided herein provide for distribution of customized content to displays in a network. A display may receive video content for display from a transceiver device. Channel configurations may be user- configured to include content from any number of sources. Channel content may be generated based on a channel configuration to incorporate identified content and the channel content may be provided to transceiver devices. Alert messages may be pushed to channels, and takeovers of transceiver devices to stream a particular channel may be performed.
Groupon | Date: 2016-09-08
In general, embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods and computer readable media for modeling multi-dimensional, dynamically evolving data using dynamic clustering. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a core group of clusters of objects, each object being represented by a corresponding instance of a multi-dimensional feature vector including a dimension k; receiving a stream of data points representing a group of objects, each data point respectively representing an instance of dimension k describing a feature of an object within the group of objects; and, for each data point, adding an object described by the data point to a first cluster of objects within the core group of clusters; updating properties of the first cluster of objects in response to adding the object; and determining whether to update the core group of clusters using the updated properties of the first cluster of objects.