Semantic Labeling of Places based on Phone Usage Features using Supervised Learning

Alejandro Rivero Rodriguez, Helena Leppäkoski, Robert Piché

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    Nowadays mobile applications demand higher context awareness. The applications aim to understand the user's context (e.g., home or at work) and provide services tailored to the users. The algorithms responsible for inferring the user's context are the so-called context inference algorithms, the place detection being a particular case. Our hypothesis is that people use mobile phones differently when they are located in different places (e.g. longer calls at home than at work). Therefore, the usage of the mobile phones could be an indicator of the users' current context. The objective of the work is to develop a system that can estimate the user's place label (home, work, etc.), based on phone usage. As training and validation set, we use a database containing phone usage information of 200 users over several months including phone call and SMS logs, multimedia usage, accelerometer, GPS, network information and system information. The data was split into visits, i.e., periods of uninterrupted time that the user has been in a certain place (Home, Work, Leisure, etc.). The data include information about the phone usage during the visits, and the semantic label of the place visited (Home, Work, etc.). We consider two approaches to represent this data: the first approach (so-called visits approach) saves each visit separately; the second approach (so-called places approach) combines all visits of one user to a certain place and creates place-specific information. For place detection, we used five popular classification methods, Naïve Bayes, Decision Tree, Bagged Tree, Neural Network and K-Nearest Neighbors, in both representation approaches. We evaluated their classification rates and found that: 1) Bagged Tree outperforms the other methods; 2) the places data-representation gives better results than the visits data-representation.

    Translated title of the contributionSemantic Labeling of Places based on Phone Usage Features using Supervised Learning
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2014 Ubiquitous Positioning Indoor Navigation and Location Based Service, UPINLBS 2014 - Conference Proceedings
    Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)9781479960040
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2015
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventUbiquitous Positioning, Indoor Navigation and Location-Based Service -
    Duration: 1 Jan 2015 → …


    ConferenceUbiquitous Positioning, Indoor Navigation and Location-Based Service
    Period1/01/15 → …


    • Context Inference
    • Location and positioning services
    • Place detection
    • Semantic positioning

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    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Computer Science Applications


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