Application Based Distance Measurement for Context Retrieval in Ubiquitous Computing
Source: Institute for Infocomm Research
Building large-scale smart environments is one of the long-term goals of ubiquitous computing. The widespread of context information in such environments necessitates an effective context retrieval mechanism. This paper proposes a novel context retrieval method based on applications' query patterns. The authors propose high dimensional vector to model contexts from applications' perspective, and apply the normalized inner product of high dimensional vectors to measure context distance. Contexts with similar query patterns are clustered into the same group. To improve the performance of context retrieval, they build distributed indices on each node to speed up a local search, and create shortcuts based on clustering results to facilitate query routing.