Bruno Martins

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The analysis of human location histories is currently getting an increasing attention, due to the widespread usage of geopositioning technologies such as the GPS, and also of online location-based services that allow users to share this information. Tasks such as the prediction of human movement can be addressed through the usage of these data, in turn(More)
Many Web pages are rich in geographic information and primarily relevant to geographically limited communities. However, existing IR systems only recently began to offer local services and largely ignore geo-spatial information. This paper presents our work on automatically identifying the geographical scope of Web documents, which provides the means to(More)
This paper discusses the problem of automatically identifying the language of a given Web document. Previous experiments in language guessing focused on analyzing "coherent" text sentences, whereas this work was validated on texts from the Web, often presenting harder problems. Our language "guessing" software uses a well-known <i>n</i>-gram based(More)
This paper describes our participation at GeoCLEF 2005. We detail the main software components of our Geo-IR system, its adaptation for GeoCLEF and the obtained results. The software architecture includes a geographic knowledge base, a text mining tool for geo-referencing documents, and a georanking component. Results show that geo-ranking is heavily(More)
This paper proposes simple techniques for handling place references in search engine queries, an important aspect of geographical information retrieval. We address not only the detection, but also the disambiguation of place references, by matching them explicitly with concepts at an ontology. Moreover, when a query does not reference any locations, we(More)
This paper presents methods for annotating georeferenced photos with descriptive tags, exploring the annotations for other georeferenced photos which are available at online repositories like Flickr. Specifically, by using the geospatial coordinates associated to the photo which we want to annotate, we start by collecting the photos from an online(More)
Search engines have become the primary means of accessing information on the Web. However, recent studies show misspelled words are very common in queries to these systems. When users misspell query, the results are incorrect or provide inconclusive information. In this work, we discuss the integration of a spelling correction component into tumba!, our(More)