Exploring Reflection of Urban Society through Cyber-Physical Crowd Behavior on Location-Based Social Network

  • Shoko Wakamiya
  • Ryong Lee
  • Kazutoshi Sumiya
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7240)


Due to the explosive growth of cyber-real space and crowds over the recent social networking sites, the real space in which we are making daily lives is also storongly tied with the imaginary cyber-social space. In this respect, it would be more and more crucial to understand the relationships and the interactions of crowds, physical-real space and cyber-social space. In this paper, we derive images of city in terms of cyber-physical crowds who are nowadays quite common people sharing their lifelogs over social networking sites with location-aware information. Especially, we attempt to explore urban characteristics which are reflected on the social networks through crowd behavior. For this purpose, we model crowd behavior in urban areas by utilizing crowd’s daily lifelogs. Then, we explore latent relationships between urban regions and the crowd behavior by means of NMF (Non-negative Matrix Factorization). In the experiment, we show the urban characteristics based on significant crowd behavioral patterns.


Local Facility Social Networking Site Urban Region Urban Society Crowd Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shoko Wakamiya
    • 1
  • Ryong Lee
    • 2
  • Kazutoshi Sumiya
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Human Science and EnvironmentUniversity of HyogoKobeJapan
  2. 2.National Institute of Information and Communications TechnologyTokyoJapan

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