Dissecting Foursquare venue popularity via random region sampling

Yanhua Li, Moritz Steine, Limin Wang, Zhi-Li Zhang, Jie Bao

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Abstract

Location based social networks (LBSNs) are becoming increasingly popular with the fast deployment of broadband mobile networks and the growing prevalence of versatile mobile devices. This success has attracted great interest in studying and measuring the characteristics of LBSNs. However, it is often prohibitive, and sometimes impossible, to obtain a detailed and complete snapshot of a LBSN due to its usually massive scale and the lack of proper tools. In this work, we focus on sampling and estimating restricted geographic regions in LBSNs, such as cities or states, in Foursquare. By utilizing the geographic search APIs provided by Foursquare, we propose a random region sampling algorithm that allows us to draw representative samples of venues (i.e., places), and design unbiased estimators of regional characteristics of venues. Moreover, using a unique dataset with 2.4 million venues, that we collected from Foursquare, we further explore the factors affecting the venue popularity, and present our preliminary findings, with applications in venue recommendation and advertising in LBSNs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCoNEXT Student 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on the 2012 CoNEXT Student Workshop
Pages21-22
Number of pages2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Event2012 ACM CoNEXT Student Workshop, CoNEXT Student 2012 - Nice, France
Duration: Dec 10 2012Dec 10 2012

Publication series

NameCoNEXT Student 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on the 2012 CoNEXT Student Workshop

Other

Other2012 ACM CoNEXT Student Workshop, CoNEXT Student 2012
CountryFrance
CityNice
Period12/10/1212/10/12

Keywords

  • Foursquare
  • Location based social networks
  • Sampling

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    Li, Y., Steine, M., Wang, L., Zhang, Z-L., & Bao, J. (2012). Dissecting Foursquare venue popularity via random region sampling. In CoNEXT Student 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on the 2012 CoNEXT Student Workshop (pp. 21-22). (CoNEXT Student 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on the 2012 CoNEXT Student Workshop). https://doi.org/10.1145/2413247.2413261