On Local Expert Discovery via Geo-Located Crowds, Queries, and Candidates Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2016 ACM. Local experts are critical for many location-sensitive information needs, and yet there is a research gap in our understanding of the factors impacting who is recognized as a local expert and in methods for discovering local experts. Hence, in this article, we explore a geo-spatial learning-to-rank framework for identifying local experts. Three of the key features of the proposed approach are: (i) a learning-based framework for integrating multiple user-based, content-based, list-based, and crowd-based factors impacting local expertise that leverages the fine-grained GPS coordinates of millions of social media users; (ii) a location-sensitive random walk that propagates crowd knowledge of a candidate's expertise; and (iii) a comprehensive controlled study over AMT-labeled local experts on eight topics and in four cities. We find significant improvements of local expert finding versus two state-of-the-art alternatives, as well as evidence for the generalizability of local expert ranking models to new topics and new locations.

author list (cited authors)

  • Niu, W., Liu, Z., & Caverlee, J.

citation count

  • 9

publication date

  • November 2016