United States Patent 7,620,566


Providing decision support through visualization of participant past performance in an electronic commerce environment

Issued:  November 17, 2009

Assignee:  i2 Technologies US, Inc. (Dallas, TX)

Inventors:  Tenorio; Manoel (Mountain View, CA)


Abstract:  A method for providing decision support through visualization of participant past performance is performed using a computer system associated with an electronic marketplace. The method includes retrieving stored past performance information for participants reflecting the performance of the participants in connection with prior transactions conducted using the marketplace. Substantially linear viewable objects are generated for display to a user, each object corresponding to a participant and including one or more subdivisions, each defined by first and second subdivision boundaries. Each subdivision corresponds to a past performance measure and has a length that is proportional to a value of the measure determined according to the past performance information for the participant corresponding to the object. User input selecting a particular measure is received and the first boundaries of the subdivisions corresponding to the selected past performance measure are aligned such that past performance of the participants with respect to the selected measure can be readily visually compared in connection with a marketplace decision.