"Will check-in for badges": Understanding bias and misbehavior on location-based social networks

Gang Wang, Sarita Y. Schoenebeck, Haitao Zheng, Ben Y. Zhao

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Abstract

Social computing researchers are using data from locationbased social networks (LBSN), e.g., "Check-in" traces, as approximations of human movement. Recent work has questioned the validity of this approach, showing large discrepancies between check-in data and actual user mobility. To further validate and understand such discrepancies, we perform a crowdsourced study of Foursquare users that seeks to a) quantify bias and misrepresentation in check-in datasets and the impact of self-selection in prior studies, and b) understand the motivations behind misrepresentation of check-ins, and the potential impact of any system changes designed to curtail such misbehavior. Our results confirm the presence of significant misrepresentation of location check-ins on Foursquare. They also show that while "extraneous" check-ins are motivated by external rewards provided by the system, "missing" check-ins are motivated by personal concerns such as location privacy. Finally, we discuss the broader implications of our findings to the use of check-in datasets in future research on human mobility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2016
PublisherAmerican Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Press
Pages417-426
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781577357582
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2016 - Cologne, Germany
Duration: May 17 2016May 20 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2016

Other

Other10th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2016
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityCologne
Period5/17/165/20/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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