Mobile human network management and recommendation by probabilistic social mining

Jun Ki Min, Sung Bae Cho

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Recently, inferring or sharing of mobile contexts has been actively investigated as cell phones have become more than a communication device. However, most of them focused on utilizing the contexts on social network services, while the means in mining or managing the human network itself were barely considered. In this paper, the SmartPhonebook, which mines users' social connections to manage their relationships by reasoning social and personal contexts, is presented. It works like an artificial assistant which recommends the candidate callees whom the users probably would like to contact in a certain situation. Moreover, it visualizes their social contexts like closeness and relationship with others in order to let the users know their social situations. The proposed method infers the social contexts based on the contact patterns, while it extracts the personal contexts such as the users' emotional states and behaviors from the mobile logs. Here, Bayesian networks are exploited to handle the uncertainties in the mobile environment. The proposed system has been implemented with the MS Windows Mobile 2003 SE Platform on Samsung SPH-M4650 smartphone and has been tested on real-world data. The experimental results showed that the system provides an efficient and informative way for mobile social networking.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5671494
Pages (from-to)761-771
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B: Cybernetics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jun

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Funding Information:
Manuscript received February 11, 2010; revised July 13, 2010 and November 4, 2010; accepted November 6, 2010. Date of publication December 17, 2010; date of current version May 18, 2011. This work was supported by the Original Technology Research Program for Brain Science (2010-0018948) and by the Basic Science Research Program (2009-0083838) through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. This paper was recommended by Associate Editor H. Wang.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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