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If you were to open your own cafe, would you not want to effortlessly identify the most suitable location to set up your shop? Choosing an optimal physical location is a critical decision for numerous businesses, as many factors contribute to the final choice of the location. In this paper, we seek to address the issue by investigating the use of publicly available Facebook Pages data-which include user "check-ins", types of business, and business locations-to evaluate a user-selected physical location with respect to a type of business. Using a dataset of 20,877 food businesses in Singapore, we conduct analysis of several key factors including business categories, locations, and neighboring businesses. From these factors, we extract a set of relevant features and develop a robust predictive model to estimate the popularity of a business location. Our experiments have shown that the popularity of neighboring business contributes the key features to perform accurate prediction. We finally illustrate the practical usage of our proposed approach via an interactive web application system.
Computer Sciences | Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing
Data Management and Analytics
HT '16 Proceedings of the 27th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media
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LIN, Jovian; OENTARYO, Richard Jayadi; Ee-peng LIM; VU, Casey; VU, Adrian; and KWEE, Agus Trisnajaya.
Where is the Goldmine? Finding Promising Business Locations through Facebook Data Analytics. (2016). HT '16 Proceedings of the 27th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media. 93-102. Research Collection School Of Information Systems.
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