Measuring Place Function Similarity with Trajectory Embedding

10/31/2020 ∙ by Cheng Fu, et al. ∙ 0

Modeling place functions from a computational perspective is a prevalent research topic. The technology of embedding enables a new approach that allows modeling the function of a place by its chronological context as part of a trajectory. The embedding similarity was previously proposed as a new metric for measuring the similarity of place functions, with some preliminary results. This study explores if this approach is meaningful for geographical units at a much smaller geographical granularity compared to previous studies. In addition, this study investigates if the geographical distance can influence the embedding similarity. The empirical evaluations based on a big vehicle trajectory data set confirm that the embedding similarity can be a metric proxy for place functions. However, the results also show that the embedding similarity is still bounded by the distance at the local scale.

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