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Exploiting Semantic Annotations for Clustering Geographic Areas and Users in Location-based Social Networks

AAAI Conferences

Location-Based Social Networks (LBSN) present so far the most vivid realization of the convergence of the physical and virtual social planes. In this work we propose a novel approach on modeling human activity and geographical areas by means of place categories. We apply a spectral clustering algorithm on areas and users of two metropolitan cities on a dataset sourced from the most vibrant LBSN, Foursquare. Our methodology allows the identification of user communities that visit similar categories of places and the comparison of urban neighborhoods within and across cities. We demonstrate how semantic information attached to places could be plausibly used as a modeling interface for applications such as recommender systems and digital tourist guides.

Positive Unlabeled Learning for Time Series Classification

AAAI Conferences

In many real-world applications of the time series classification problem, not only could the negative training instances be missing, the number of positive instances available for learning may also be rather limited. This has motivated the development of new classification algorithms that can learn from a small set P of labeled seed positive instances augmented with a set U of unlabeled instances (i.e. PU learning algorithms). However, existing PU learning algorithms for time series classification have less than satisfactory performance as they are unable to identify the class boundary between positive and negative instances accurately. In this paper, we propose a novel PU learning algorithm LCLC (Learning from Common Local Clusters) for time series classification. LCLC is designed to effectively identify the ground truths’ positive and negative boundaries, resulting in more accurate classifiers than those constructed using existing methods. We have applied LCLC to classify time series data from different application domains; the experimental results demonstrate that LCLC outperforms existing methods significantly.

Statistical Inference for Cluster Trees

Neural Information Processing Systems

A cluster tree provides an intuitive summary of a density function that reveals essential structure about the high-density clusters. The true cluster tree is estimated from a finite sample from an unknown true density. This paper addresses the basic question of quantifying our uncertainty by assessing the statistical significance of different features of an empirical cluster tree. We first study a variety of metrics that can be used to compare different trees, analyzing their properties and assessing their suitability for our inference task. We then propose methods to construct and summarize confidence sets for the unknown true cluster tree.

Egypt Is Using Banned U.S.-Made Cluster Munitions in Sinai, Rights Group Says

NYT > Middle East

Egypt's armed forces have used internationally outlawed cluster bombs, made in the United States, in operations aimed at crushing Islamic extremists in northern Sinai, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Heirarchical Clustering Techniques using R


The idea behind hierarchical cluster analysis is to show which of a (potentially large) set of samples are most similar to one another, and to group these similar samples in the same limb of a tree. Each of the samples can be thought of a sitting in an m-dimensional space, defined by the m variables (columns) in the dataframe. We define similarity on the basis of the distance between two samples in this m-dimensional space. Several different distance measures could be used, but the default is Euclidean distance and this is used to work out the distance from every sample to every other sample. This quantitative dissimilarity structure of the data is stored in a matrix produced by the "dist function".