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Exploiting social and mobility patterns for friendship prediction in location-based social networks

Valverde-Rebaza J., Roche M., Poncelet P., De Andrade Lopes A.. 2016. In : 2016 23rd International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR). Cancun : IAPR; ICPR, 6 p.. International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR). 23, 2016-12-04/2016-12-08, Cancun (Mexique).

DOI: 10.1109/ICPR.2016.7900016

Link prediction is a ¿hot topic¿ in network analysis and has been largely used for friendship recommendation in social networks. With the increased use of location-based services, it is possible to improve the accuracy of link prediction methods by using the mobility of users. The majority of the link prediction methods focus on the importance of location for their visitors, disregarding the strength of relationships existing between these visitors. We, therefore, propose three new methods for friendship prediction by combining, efficiently, social and mobility patterns of users in location-based social networks (LBSNs). Experiments conducted on real-world datasets demonstrate that our proposals achieve a competitive performance with methods from the literature and, in most of the cases, outperform them. Moreover, our proposals use less computational resources by reducing considerably the number of irrelevant predictions, making the link prediction task more efficient and applicable for real world applications.

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