Time-aware metric embedding with asymmetric projection for successive POI recommendation

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World Wide Web, 2019, 22 (5), pp. 2209 - 2224
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© 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. Successive Point-of-Interest (POI) recommendation aims to recommend next POIs for a given user based on this user’s current location. Indeed, with the rapid growth of Location-based Social Networks (LBSNs), successive POI recommendation has become an important and challenging task, since it can help to meet users’ dynamic interests based on their recent check-in behaviors. While some efforts have been made for this task, most of them do not capture the following properties: 1) The transition between consecutive POIs in user check-in sequences presents asymmetric property, however existing approaches usually assume the forward and backward transition probabilities between a POI pair are symmetric. 2) Users usually prefer different successive POIs at different time, but most existing studies do not consider this dynamic factor. To this end, in this paper, we propose a time-aware metric embedding approach with asymmetric projection (referred to as MEAP-T) for successive POI recommendation, which takes the above two properties into consideration. In addition, we exploit three latent Euclidean spaces to project the POI-POI, POI-user, and POI-time relationships. Finally, the experimental results on two real-world datasets show MEAP-T outperforms the state-of-the-art methods in terms of both precision and recall.
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