A Thematic Approach to User Similarity Built on Geosocial Check-ins

@inproceedings{McKenzie2013ATA,
  title={A Thematic Approach to User Similarity Built on Geosocial Check-ins},
  author={Grant McKenzie and Benjamin Adams and Krzysztof Janowicz},
  booktitle={AGILE Conf.},
  year={2013}
}
Computing user similarity is key for personalized locationbased recommender systems and geographic information retrieval. So far, most existing work has focused on structured or semi-structured data to establish such measures. In this work, we propose topic modeling to exploit sparse, unstructured data, e.g., tips and reviews, as an additional feature to compute user similarity. Our model employs diagnosticity weighting based on the entropy of topics in order to assess the role of commonalities… CONTINUE READING
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