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Shuffled playing cards and manufacturing method thereof
May 25, 2017 - N°20170144057

The present invention provides shuffled playing cards which eliminate the need for a game host to shuffle cards before games by taking a lot of time as well as eliminate the possibility of cheating. A shuffled playing cards (1) obtained by shuffling a predetermined number of decks of playing cards (12) using a shuffling machine is packaged as an individual pack. The ...
Scheduling mapreduce tasks based on estimated workload distribution
International Business Machines Corporation
May 18, 2017 - N°20170139747

A method for scheduling mapreduce tasks includes receiving a set of task statistics corresponding to task execution within a mapreduce job, estimating a completion time for a set of tasks to be executed to provide an estimated completion time, calculating a soft decision point based on a convergence of a workload distribution corresponding to a set of executed tasks, calculating ...
Method for denoising an image and apparatus for denoising an image
Thomson Licensing
May 11, 2017 - N°20170132763

Traditional image denoising requires image analysis or noise level analysis. Differently, the invention provides denoising by dividing an input image into small square overlapping patches, computing and storing the mean value of each patch, and subtracting it from the patch. Each zero-mean patch is then automatically aligned to a reference orientation by computing a few relevant dct coefficients of the ...
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Electronic multimedia puzzle
Polytangle Ip Limited
May 04, 2017 - N°20170120141

A system for operating an interactive electronic multimedia puzzle, comprising a puzzle generation engine that receives a variety of audio, video, still graphic, or text-based content, divides content into portions, associates portions of content with puzzle tiles, and presents a puzzle comprising a shuffled arrangement of puzzle tiles to a user, and a method for operating an electronic multimedia puzzle ...
Card shuffling apparatuses and related methods
Bally Gaming, Inc.
April 27, 2017 - N°20170113125

Card shuffler apparatuses include a card repositioner used to randomly reposition a plurality of cards on-edge over an aperture extending through a card support surface to allow cards to sequentially pass through the aperture in a random order. The apparatuses may be capable of continuously and sequentially forming playing card hands for use in a game. Shuffler apparatuses may be ...
System for managing packages of shuffled playing cards
Angel Playing Cards Co., Ltd.
April 20, 2017 - N°20170106270

The present invention provides a system having: packages (2) of shuffled playing cards (1s) in which playing cards included are shuffled in random order and are individually packed in one package (2), and in which a unique id code (4) is attached to each unique package (2); a game table (11); a storage box (401) that is installed beside the game table (11), stores the plurality of ...
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Shuffle optimization in map-reduce processing
International Business Machines Corporation
April 13, 2017 - N°20170103084

A computer implemented method provides shuffle optimization in map-reduce processing. The computer implemented method obtains intermediate results from a plurality of mappers for an application on a computing device. The intermediate results are combined from the plurality of mappers and are then partitioned into intermediate results for respective reducers for the application. The intermediate results for the respective reducers are ...
Hot carrier injection tolerant network on chip router architecture
Utah State University
April 06, 2017 - N°20170099236

For a hot carrier injection tolerant network on chip (noc) router architecture, a plurality of input buffers receives a plurality of input data bits. A plurality of multiplexers shuffles the plurality of input data bits to output a plurality of shuffled input buffer data bits. A coupling module switches first input buffer data bits at the plurality of input buffers ...
A parallel optoelectronic network that supports a no-packet-loss signaling system and loosely coupled application-weighted routing
Viscore Technologies Inc.
March 30, 2017 - N°20170093517

A hybrid optical electronic mapper-shuffler-reducer structure is presented to enhance the interconnection of current multi-dimensional direct networks. The physically intrinsic multicast design of the hybrid optical electronic mapper-shuffler-reducer structure of the present disclosure naturally supports parallel traffic modes such as multicast, broadcast and newly developed incast, while easily supporting point-to-point traffic. By scaling up this architecture, using a simple multi-dimensional ...
Hand-forming card shuffling apparatuses including multi-card storage compartments, and related methods
Bally Gaming, Inc.
March 30, 2017 - N°20170087445

Card shufflers usable in forming and dispensing randomized playing card hands for use in playing card games include a card input mechanism for inputting cards into the card shuffler, a card storage device for receiving cards from the card input mechanism and temporarily storing cards within the card shuffler, and a card output mechanism for outputting shuffled cards from the ...
Packing box for shuffled playing cards
Angel Playing Cards Co., Ltd.
March 30, 2017 - N°20170087444

A packing box of shuffled playing cards has, in an assembled state, a shape of a rectangular parallelepiped with six faces, namely, a front face, a rear face, a left side face, a right side face, a top face, and a bottom face so as to encase the shuffled playing cards. The packing box includes zippers provided in two locations ...
System and method for creating electronic multiplayer game tournaments
Megatouch, Llc
March 16, 2017 - N°20170076552

Systems and methods for creating a plurality of seeds for a multiplayer tournament of an electronic game are disclosed. The system includes a server including a seed generator module, a seed sorter module, and a seed selection module. The seed generator module randomly generates the plurality of seeds. Each of the plurality of corresponds to a unique shuffle of cards ...
Batch card shuffling apparatuses including multi card storage compartments, and related methods
Bally Gaming, Inc.
March 16, 2017 - N°20170072296

Automatic card shufflers may include a card input mechanism for inputting cards into the card shuffler, a card storage device for receiving cards from the card input mechanism and temporarily storing cards within the card shuffler, and a card output mechanism for outputting cards from the card shuffler.
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Method for shuffling and dealing cards
Bally Gaming, Inc.
March 16, 2017 - N°20170072294

A card shuffler that moves cards one at a time to randomly designated single-card receptacle in a receiving or dealing rack, and a method for shuffling and for dealing cards.
Card handling devices and methods of randomizing playing cards
Bally Gaming, Inc.
March 16, 2017 - N°20170072293

A playing card handling device comprises an elevator platform configured to receive one or more cards from an input platform to form a shuffled set of cards, a card gripper positioned above the elevator platform, and configured to grip cards from the shuffled set of cards, and a processor configured to control the elevator platform to have a grip position ...
Targeting and demographics scheduling utilizing a framework for audience rating estimation
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
March 02, 2017 - N°20170064365

An advertisement management system receives a commercial break schedule generated from a completed assignment of one or more spots, which correspond to deals including advertiser orders to place the one or more spots into one or more commercial breaks in the commercial break schedule based on constraints and placement requirements. The system determines which of one or more orders in ...
Scheduling mapreduce tasks based on estimated workload distribution
International Business Machines Corporation
March 02, 2017 - N°20170060643

A method for scheduling mapreduce tasks includes receiving a set of task statistics corresponding to task execution within a mapreduce job, estimating a completion time for a set of tasks to be executed to provide an estimated completion time, calculating a soft decision point based on a convergence of a workload distribution corresponding to a set of executed tasks, calculating ...
Scheduling mapreduce tasks based on estimated workload distribution
International Business Machines Corporation
March 02, 2017 - N°20170060630

A method for scheduling mapreduce tasks includes receiving a set of task statistics corresponding to task execution within a mapreduce job, estimating a completion time for a set of tasks to be executed to provide an estimated completion time, calculating a soft decision point based on a convergence of a workload distribution corresponding to a set of executed tasks, calculating ...
Columnar table data protection
Protegrity Corporation
February 23, 2017 - N°20170053135

Shuffling data stored in columnar tables improves data storage security, particularly when used in conjunction with other security operations, such as tokenization and cryptography. A data table is accessed, and pointer values of at least one column of the accessed table are shuffled, generating a protected table. An index table mapping index values to the shuffled pointer values is generated, ...
Plenoptic camera comprising a shuffled color filter array
Protegrity Corporation
February 16, 2017 - N°20170048513

Indicating a niter repartition (or pattern), where each coefficient cm,n is associated with a filter value, and in that the other unit elements are associated with matrixes with coefficients set to c(x+i)mod m,(y+j)mod m, for corresponding pixel (x,y,i,j) on the image sensor, where indexes x, y relate to indexation of ...
Controlling conference calls
International Business Machines Corporation
February 16, 2017 - N°20170048393

Embodiments of the present invention provide a method and system for determining participants for a conference call where the participants may be selected based on similar attributes as well as the descriptions of the conference call. Additionally, the conference call may be split into smaller breakout sessions, further separating the participants based on various attributes. Further, the conference call participants ...
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