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Data Forwarding Based on Node Moving Trajectory in Mobile Social Networks

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With the popularization of wireless mobile device, mobile social networks (MSNets) have begun to attract more and more attention. In MSNets, mobile social users can communicate with each other by intermittent connectivity. The wireless device moving trajectory reflects the social attribute of the device carrier. In this paper, the relay selection is addressed in terms of both the absolute character and the relative character of node moving trajectory. First, the hot degree of node movement trajectory is defined based on the steady-state node distribution using a semi-markov chain. Moreover, another semi-markov chain is used to predict the future locations of a mobile user, with the predictive location nodes as basis, and the similarity of node movement trajectories is presented. Furthermore, a data forwarding based on node moving trajectory is proposed. Its main idea is to choose a node with higher hot degree of node moving trajectory and lower similarity of movement trajectories between it and a packet carrier to propagate the data packets. The simulation results show that, compared with the Spray and Wait routing and the social groups-based routing, our algorithm can outperform them in the delivery ratio and delivery delay, and apparently reduce network overhead compared with the Epidemic algorithm. Additionally, our algorithm nears the maximum delivery ratio and minimum delivery delay obtained by the Epidemic algorithm in a realistic trace data.

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The authors would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments which have helped improve the quality of this paper. This work was partly supported by Natural Science Foundation of China [61401144, 61571179], Anhui Natural Science Foundation, China [1308085MF87], Open Fund of State Key Lab. for Novel Software Technology, Nanjing University, China [KFKT2014B22], the Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education [20130111120018], and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities [2013HGXJ0232, 2015HGZX0019].

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Wang, Q., Wang, Q. Data Forwarding Based on Node Moving Trajectory in Mobile Social Networks. Wireless Pers Commun 87, 1285–1297 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11277-015-3053-3

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