Social media such as those residing in the popular photo sharing websites is attracting increasing attention in recent years. As a type of user-generated data, wisdom of the crowd is embedded inside such social media. In particular, millions of users upload to Flickr their photos, many associated with temporal and geographical information. In this paper, we investigate how to rank the trajectory patterns mined from the uploaded photos with geotags and timestamps. The main objective is to reveal the collective wisdom recorded in the seemingly isolated photos and the individual travel sequences reflected by the geo-tagged photos. Instead of focusing on mining frequent trajectory patterns from geo-tagged social media, we put more effort into ranking the mined trajectory patterns and diversifying the ranking results. Through leveraging the relationships among users, locations and trajectories, we rank the trajectory patterns. We then use an exemplar-based algorithm to diversify the results in order to discover the representative trajectory patterns. We have evaluated the proposed framework on 12 different cities using a Flickr dataset and demonstrated its effectiveness.
Yin, Zhijun, Liangliang Cao, Jiawei Han, Chengxiang Zhai, and Thomas Huang. "Geographical topic discovery and comparison." In Proceedings of the 20th international conference on World wide web, pp. 247-256. ACM, 2011. [link]