Data Management

SpatioTextual Similarity Joins

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Executive Summary

Given a collection of objects that carry both spatial and textual information, a spatio-textual similarity join retrieves the pairs of objects that are spatially close and textually similar. As an example, consider a social network with spatially and textually tagged persons (i.e., their locations and profiles). A useful task (for friendship recommendation) would be to find pairs of persons that are spatially close and their profiles have a large overlap (i.e., they have common interests). Another application is data de-duplication (e.g., finding photographs which are spatially close to each other and high overlap in their descriptive tags).

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