Spatio-Temporal Signatures of user-centric data: How similar are we?
Much work has been done on understanding and predicting human mobility in time. In this work, we are interested in obtaining a set of users who are spatiotemporally most similar to a query user. We propose an efficient way of user data representation called Spatio-Temporal Signatures to keep track of complete record of user movement. We define a measure called Spatio-Temporal similarity for comparing a given pair of users. Although computing exact pairwise Spatio-Temporal similarities between query user with all users is inefficient, we show that with our hybrid pruning scheme the most similar users can be obtained in logarithmic time with in a (1 + ε) factor approximation of the optimal. We are developing a framework to test our models against a real dataset of urban users.