Discovering and predicting user routines by differential analysis of social network traces

Fabio Pianese, Xueli An, Fahim Kawsar, Hiroki Ishizuka
2013 2013 IEEE 14th International Symposium on "A World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks" (WoWMoM)  
The study of human activity patterns traditionally relies on the continuous tracking of user location. We approach the problem of activity pattern discovery from a new perspective which is rapidly gaining attention. Instead of actively sampling increasing volumes of sensor data, we explore the participatory sensing potential of multiple mobile social networks, on which users often disclose information about their location and the venues they visit. In this paper, we present automated techniques
more » ... for filtering, aggregating, and processing combined social networking traces with the goal of extracting descriptions of regularly-occurring user activities, which we refer to as "user routines". We report our findings based on two localized data sets about a single pool of users: the former contains public geotagged Twitter messages, the latter Foursquare check-ins that provide us with meaningful venue information about the locations we observe. We analyze and combine the two datasets to highlight their properties and show how the emergent features can enhance our understanding of users' daily schedule. Finally, we evaluate and discuss the potential of routine descriptions for predicting future user activity and location.
doi:10.1109/wowmom.2013.6583383 dblp:conf/wowmom/PianeseAKI13 fatcat:767wufx5mjahbh433fm4kgk22m