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Experimental analysis of user mobility pattern in mobile social networks

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3 Author(s)
Yuan Du ; State Key Lab. of Ind. Control Technol., Zhejiang Univ., Hangzhou, China ; Jialu Fan ; Jiming Chen

Mobility pattern of device users plays a crucial role in a wide range of mobile computing applications, including data forwarding, content sharing, information search and advertising. Hence, it is important to characterize the mobility path information of users, so as to accurately predict user mobility. In this paper, we introduce two typical user mobility patterns: standard Markov and semi-Markov models. Especially, we experimentally explore the correlation of community and geography information in Mobile Social Networks (MSNets), and analyze user sojourn time distribution over communities. Both of theoretical analysis and trace-driven simulation results show that semi-Markov model is more effective in characterizing user mobility pattern and further making more accurate mobility prediction compared with standard Markov model.

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Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), 2011 IEEE

Date of Conference:

28-31 March 2011