Daisy Seminar – Retrieving Regions of Interest for User Exploration

Date(s) - 24/08/2015
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


On Monday (August 24) at 14.00 in SLV300 0.2.12, our guest and collaborator Xin Cao will give a talk as described below.

Title: Retrieving Regions of Interest for User Exploration

We consider an application scenario where points of interest (PoIs) each have a web presence and where a web user wants to identify a region that contains relevant PoIs that are relevant to a set of keywords, e.g., in preparation for deciding where to go to conveniently explore the PoIs. Motivated by this, we propose the length-constrained maximum-sum region (LCMSR) query that returns a spatial-network region that is located within a general region of interest, that does not exceed a given size constraint, and that best matches query keywords. Such a query maximizes the total weight of the PoIs in it w.r.t. the query keywords. We show that it is NP-hard to answer this query. We develop an approximation algorithm with a (5 + \epsilon) approximation ratio utilizing a technique that scales node weights into integers. We also propose a more efficient heuristic algorithm and a greedy algorithm. Empirical studies on real data offer detailed insight into the accuracy of the proposed algorithms and show that the proposed algorithms are capable of computing results efficiently and effectively.