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As the popularity of Location-based Social Networks increases, designing accurate models for Point-of-Interest (POI) recommendation receives more attention. POI recommendation is often performed by incorporating contextual information into previously designed recommendation algorithms. Some of the major contextual information that has been considered in POI recommendation are the location attributes (i.e., exact coordinates of a location, category, and check-in time), the user attributes (i.e., comments, reviews, tips, and check-in made to the locations), and other information, such as the distance of the POI from user’s main activity location and the social tie between users. The right selection of such factors can significantly impact the performance of the POI recommendation. However, previous research does not consider the impact of the combination of these different factors. In this article, we propose different contextual models and analyze the fusion of different major contextual information in POI recommendation. The major contributions of this article are as follows: (i) providing an extensive survey of context-aware location recommendation; (ii) quantifying and analyzing the impact of different contextual information (e.g., social, temporal, spatial, and categorical) in the POI recommendation on available baselines and two new linear and non-linear models, which can incorporate all the major contextual information into a single recommendation model; and (iii) evaluating the considered models using two well-known real-world datasets. Our results indicate that while modeling geographical and temporal influences can improve recommendation quality, fusing all other contextual information into a recommendation model is not always the best strategy.

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The work here is an outcome of tremendous collaborative work, for over two years, between the co-authors of this paper. The paper is a testament to this collaboration and hard work. Thank you!

Mr. Hossein A. Rahmani
University College London

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This page is a summary of: A Systematic Analysis on the Impact of Contextual Information on Point-of-Interest Recommendation, ACM Transactions on Information Systems, October 2022, ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), DOI: 10.1145/3508478.
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