Discovering socio-spatio-temporal important locations of social media users

ÇELİK M., Dokuz A. S.

JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE, vol.22, pp.85-98, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jocs.2017.09.005
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.85-98
  • Keywords: Socio-spatio-temporal important locations discovery, SSTIL discovery, Spatial social media mining, Historical social media dataset, Twitter, EVENT DETECTION, NETWORKS
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


Socio-spatio-temporal important locations (SSTILs) are places which are frequently visited by social media users in their social media history. Discovering SSTILs is important for several application domains, such as, recommender systems, advertisement applications, urban planning, etc. However, discovering SSTILs is challenging due to spatial, temporal, and social dimensions of the datasets, the lack of sufficient interest measures, and the need for developing computationally-efficient algorithms. In the literature, several methods are proposed to discover social important locations. However, these studies, usually, do not take into account temporal and social dimensions of the datasets and preferences of each user in a social group. In this study, we define SSTILs and SSTIL mining problem by taking into account spatial, temporal, and social dimensions of the social media datasets. We propose methods and interest measures to discover SSTILs efficiently based on both user and group preferences. The proposed algorithms were compared with a naive alternative using real-life Twitter dataset. The results showed that the proposed algorithms outperform the naive alternative. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.