Large-scale Point-of-interest Category Prediction Using Natural Language Processing Models

Daniel Yue Zhang, Dong Wang, Hao Zheng, Xin Mu, Qi Li, Yang Zhang

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Point-of-Interest (POI) recommendation is an important application in Location-based Social Networks (LBSN). The category prediction problem is to predict the next POI category that users may visit. The predicted category information is critical in large-scale POI recommendation because it can significantly reduce the prediction space and improve the recommendation accuracy. While efforts have been made to address the POI category prediction problem, several important challenges still exist. First, existing solutions did not fully explore the temporal dependency (e.g., 'long range dependency') of users' check-in traces. Second, the hidden contextual information associated with each check-in point has been underutilized. In this work, we propose a Context-Aware POI Category Prediction (CAP-CP) scheme using Natural Language Processing (NLP) models. In particular, to address temporal dependency challenge, we develop a novel Temporal Adaptive Ngram (TA-Ngram) model to capture the dynamic dependency between check-in points. To address the challenge of hidden context incorporation, CAP-CP leverages the Probabilistic Latent Semantic Analysis (PLSA) model to infer the semantic implications of the context variables in the prediction model. Empirical results on a real world dataset show that our scheme can effectively improve the performance of the state-of-the-art POI recommendation solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2017
EditorsJian-Yun Nie, Zoran Obradovic, Toyotaro Suzumura, Rumi Ghosh, Raghunath Nambiar, Chonggang Wang, Hui Zang, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Xiaohua Hu, Jeremy Kepner, Alfredo Cuzzocrea, Jian Tang, Masashi Toyoda
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538627143
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event5th IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2017 - Boston, United States
Duration: Dec 11 2017Dec 14 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2017


Other5th IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Context-Aware Prediction
  • Location-based Social Networks
  • Natural Language Processing
  • POI Recommendation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Control and Optimization


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