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This Is Not Just a Caf{\'e}: Toward Capturing the Dynamics of Urban Places

Lee, Myeong and Farzan, Rosta and Butler, Brian S (2016) This Is Not Just a Caf{\'e}: Toward Capturing the Dynamics of Urban Places. In: Tenth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 17 May 2016 - 17 May 2016, Cologne, Germany.

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Abstract

Social media has provided a huge amount of user-generated data in capturing urban dynamics. Among them, place-level human behavior has been largely detected through people’s check-in records at certain places. Conventionally, places are characterized by a set of pre-defined features, often specified by the owner of the places. In this paper, we argue that capturing socially-meaningful features and dynamics of an urban place may also be done by analyzing human activity traces. We explore the activity-centered representation of urban places as a foundation for understanding local neighborhoods at scale. We analyze activities from several venues using data from MeetUp, a popular local event organizing service. Then, Yelp’s business information was used to triangulate the analysis. The results suggest that strategies based on local event data have great potential for modeling socially-meaningful urban places at scale.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lee, Myeong
Farzan, Rostarfarzan@pitt.eduRFARZAN
Butler, Brian S
Date: 2016
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media
Publisher: AAAI
Event Title: Tenth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media
Event Dates: 17 May 2016 - 17 May 2016
Event Type: Conference
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Telecommunications
Refereed: Yes
Official URL: http://www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/ICWSM/ICWSM16/pa...
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2016 14:06
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2017 13:56
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/28550

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