Urban Computing

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Preoţiuc-Pietro, Daniel, Justin Cranshaw, and Tae Yano. Exploring venue-based city-to-city similarity measures In Workshop on Urban Computing (UrbComp). SIGKDD., 2013. AbstractPDF

In this work we explore the use of incidentally generated social network data for the folksonomic characterization of cities by the types of amenities located within them. Using data collected about venue categories in various cities, we examine the effect of different granularities of spatial aggregation and data normalization when representing a city as a collection of its venues. We introduce three vector-based representations of a city, where aggregations of the venue categories are done within a grid structure, within the city’s municipal neighborhoods, and across the city as a whole. We apply our methods to a novel dataset consisting of Foursquare venue data from 17 cities across the United States, totaling over 1 million venues. Our preliminary investigation demonstrates that different assumptions in the urban perception could lead to qualitative, yet distinctive, variations in the induced city description and categorization.