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E. Spyrou, M. Korakakis, V. Charalampidis, A. Psallas, Ph. Mylonas
A Geo-Clustering Approach for the Detection of Areas-of-Interest and Their Underlying Semantics
Algorithms 2017, 10(1), 35, March 2017
ABSTRACT
Living in the “era of social networking”, we are experiencing a data revolution, generating an astonishing amount of digital information every single day. Due to this proliferation of data volume, there has been an explosion of new application domains for information mined from social networks. In this paper, we leverage this “socially-generated knowledge” (i.e., user-generated content derived from social networks) towards the detection of areas-of-interest within an urban region. These large and homogeneous areas contain multiple points-of-interest which are of special interest to particular groups of people (e.g., tourists and/or consumers). In order to identify them, we exploit two types of metadata, namely location-based information included within geo-tagged photos that we collect from Flickr, along with plain simple textual information from user-generated tags. We propose an algorithm that divides a predefined geographical area (i.e., the center of Athens, Greece) into “tile”-shaped sub-regions and based on an iterative merging procedure, it aims to detect larger, cohesive areas. We examine the performance of the algorithm both in a qualitative and quantitative manner. Our experiments demonstrate that the proposed geo-clustering algorithm is able to correctly detect regions that contain popular tourist attractions within them with very promising results.
20 March , 2017
E. Spyrou, M. Korakakis, V. Charalampidis, A. Psallas, Ph. Mylonas, "A Geo-Clustering Approach for the Detection of Areas-of-Interest and Their Underlying Semantics", Algorithms 2017, 10(1), 35, March 2017
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