Using geospatial metadata to boost collaborative filtering Conference Paper uri icon


  • In this paper, we present a method for boosting collaborative filtering by integrating spatial information about geo-referenced items (eg, photos). In particular, we developed a method to estimate missing ratings by propagating an item's neighbor's ratings based on the similarity of geospatial information. An empirical evaluation shows that geospatial information significantly improves recommendation results, and its contribution grows with the ratings data's level of sparseness. We illustrate the usefulness of the method for a photo recommendation task using data obtained from two popular photo-sharing websites: Flickr and Panoramio. A comparison with state-of-the-art methods indicates the superiority of the proposed method, implying that geospatial information should be considered, when available.

publication date

  • January 1, 2013