Exploring Social Influence on Location-Based Social Networks

Yu Ting Wen, Po Ruey Lei, Wen Chih Peng, Xiao Fang Zhou

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Recently, with the advent of location-based social networking services (LBSNs), travel planning and location-aware information recommendation based on LBSNs have attracted much research attention. In this paper, we study the impact of social relations hidden in LBSNs, i.e., The social influence of friends. We propose a new social influence-based user recommender framework (SIR) to discover the potential value from reliable users (i.e., Close friends and travel experts). Explicitly, our SIR framework is able to infer influential users from an LBSN. We claim to capture the interactions among virtual communities, physical mobility activities and time effects to infer the social influence between user pairs. Furthermore, we intend to model the propagation of influence using diffusion-based mechanism. Moreover, we have designed a dynamic fusion framework to integrate the features mined into a united follow probability score. Finally, our SIR framework provides personalized top-k user recommendations for individuals. To evaluate the recommendation results, we have conducted extensive experiments on real datasets (i.e., The Go Walla dataset). The experimental results show that the performance of our SIR framework is better than the state-of the-art user recommendation mechanisms in terms of accuracy and reliability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 14th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM 2014
EditorsRavi Kumar, Hannu Toivonen, Jian Pei, Joshua Zhexue Huang, Xindong Wu
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479943029
StatePublished - 26 Jan 2015
Event14th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM 2014 - Shenzhen, China
Duration: 14 Dec 201417 Dec 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM
ISSN (Print)1550-4786


Conference14th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM 2014


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