Web Map Service Log Analysis

  • Xiaofei Wang
  • Di Chen
  • Gan Lu
  • Yue Peng
  • Chengchen Hu
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8491)


With the rapid growth of location-based services (LBS), web map service (WMS) is becoming indispensable in our daily life. From a new perspective, this paper measures and analyzes the user behaviors and regional differences in WMS, based on a big log dataset from the PC clients of a large-scale WMS provider. We give analysis on users’ searching times from both macro and micro perspective, and point out that WMS data has a feature of searching behavior prediction, which is absent in other location-based datasets. Then, we observe and verify that the searching frequencies of point of interests in a city conform to Zipf distribution, and explain the underlying physical meanings of the corresponding parameters. In addition, we present a simple and intuitive approach to quantitatively study the inter-city fluidity and intra-city mobility patterns, and give semantic analysis on query categories in each city. And our work can serve as a measurement basis for future work in the area of WMS data mining.


Web Map Service Point of Interest searching behavior prediction Zipf distribution inter-city fluidity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaofei Wang
    • 1
  • Di Chen
    • 2
  • Gan Lu
    • 1
  • Yue Peng
    • 3
  • Chengchen Hu
    • 2
  1. 1.BaiduBeijingChina
  2. 2.Computer Science and TechnologyXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina
  3. 3.Beijing University of Posts and TelecommunicationBeijingChina

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