What you are is when you are: the temporal dimension of feature types in location-based social networks


Feature types play a crucial role in understanding and analyzing geographic information. Usually, these types are defined, standardized, and controlled by domain experts and cover geographic features on the mesoscale level, e.g., populated places, forests, or lakes. While feature types also underlie most Location-Based Services (LBS), assigning a consistent typing schema for Points Of Interest (POI) across different data sets is challenging. In case of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), types are assigned as <i>tags</i> by a heterogeneous community with different backgrounds and applications in mind. Consequently, VGI research is shifting away from data completeness and positional accuracy as quality measures towards attribute accuracy. As tags can be assigned by everybody and have no formal or stable definition, we propose to study category tags via indirect observations. We extract user check-ins from massive real-world data crawled from Location-based Social Networks to understand the temporal dimension of Points Of Interest. While users may assign different category tags to places, we argue that their temporal characteristics, e.g., opening times, will show distinguishable patterns.

DOI: 10.1145/2093973.2093989

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@inproceedings{Ye2011WhatYA, title={What you are is when you are: the temporal dimension of feature types in location-based social networks}, author={Mao Ye and Krzysztof Janowicz and Christoph M{\"{u}lligann and Wang-Chien Lee}, booktitle={GIS}, year={2011} }