Geographical diversification in POI recommendation: Toward improved coverage on interested areas

Jungkyu Han, Hayato Yamana

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    In recommending POIs(Point-Of-Interests), factors such as the diversity of the recommended POIs are as important as accuracy for providing a satisfactory recommendation. Although existing diversification methods can help POI recommender systems suggest more diverse POIs, they lack "geographical diversification," which results in the concentration of the supposedly "diverse" recommended POIs on "a small portion" in areas where the target-user is most active. This is caused by the neglect of POI locations in the diversification, i.e., existing diversification methods try to diversify the categories of recommended items. However, geographical diversification is essential for users whose activity interests comprise many sub-areas and who require a variety of recommended POIs encompassing all their activity interests. In this paper, we propose a novel proportional geographical diversification method that recommends a variety of POIs located in the activity district of a user such that the variety of sub-areas in the district is proportional to the frequency of his/her activity in each sub-area. We compare the performance of the proposed method with existing diversification methods using real datasets. The evaluation result shows that no method except the proposed one can significantly increase geographical diversity at the expense of tolerable accuracy loss.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRecSys 2017 - Proceedings of the 11th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450346528
    Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug 27
    Event11th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems, RecSys 2017 - Como, Italy
    Duration: 2017 Aug 272017 Aug 31


    Other11th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems, RecSys 2017


    • Diversity
    • Geographical diversity
    • POI recommendation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science Applications
    • Control and Systems Engineering
    • Information Systems
    • Software

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