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Nowadays mobile phones are not only communication devices, but also a source of rich sensory data that can be collected and exploited by distributed people-centric sensing applications. Among them, environmental monitoring and emergency response systems can particularly benefit from people-based sensing. Due to the limited resources of mobile devices,(More)
Microblogs and collaborative content sites such as Twitter and Amazon are popular among millions of users who generate huge numbers of tweets, posts, and reviews every day. Despite their popularity, these sites only provide rudimentary mechanisms to navigate their sites, programmatically or through a browser, like a keyword search interface or a(More)
An online community network such as Twitter or amazon .com links entities (e.g., users, products) with various relationships (e.g., friendship, co-purchase) and make such information available for access through a web interface. The web interfaces of these networks often support features such as keyword search and " get-neighbors "-so a visitor can quickly(More)
The increasing popularity and widespread use of online review sites over the past decade has motivated businesses of all types to possess an expansive arsenal of user feedback (preferably positive) in order to mark their reputation and presence in the Web. Though a significant proportion of purchasing decisions today are driven by average numeric scores(More)
In this paper, we introduce a novel, general purpose, technique for faster sampling of nodes over an online social network. Specifically , unlike traditional random walks which wait for the convergence of sampling distribution to a predetermined target distribution a waiting process that incurs a high query cost-we develop WALK-ESTIMATE, which starts with a(More)
The increasing popularity and widespread use of online review sites over the past decade has motivated businesses of all types to possess an expansive arsenal of user feedback (preferably positive) in order to mark their reputation and presence in the Web. Though a significant proportion of purchasing decisions today are driven by average numeric scores(More)
An online community network such as Twitter, Yelp or amazon.com links entities (e.g., users, products) with various relationships (e.g., friendship, co-purchase, co-review) and make such information available for access through a web interface. Often, these community networks act as “social sensors” in which users sense information in the real world and(More)