Sparse Real Estate Ranking with Online User Reviews and Offline Moving Behaviors

Yanjie Fu, Yong Ge, Yu Zheng, Zijun Yao, Yanchi Liu, Hui Xiong, Jing Yuan

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71 Scopus citations


Ranking residential real estates based on investment values can provide decision making support for home buyers and thus plays an important role in estate marketplace. In this paper, we aim to develop methods for ranking estates based on investment values by mining users' opinions about estates from online user reviews and offline moving behaviors (e.g., Taxi traces, smart card transactions, check-ins). While a variety of features could be extracted from these data, these features are Interco related and redundant. Thus, selecting good features and integrating the feature selection into the fitting of a ranking model are essential. To this end, in this paper, we first strategically mine the fine-grained discrminative features from user reviews and moving behaviors, and then propose a probabilistic sparse pair wise ranking method for estates. Specifically, we first extract the explicit features from online user reviews which express users' opinions about point of interests (POIs) near an estate. We also mine the implicit features from offline moving behaviors from multiple perspectives (e.g., Direction, volume, velocity, heterogeneity, topic, popularity, etc.). Then we learn an estate ranking predictor by combining a pair wise ranking objective and a sparsity regularization in a unified probabilistic framework. And we develop an effective solution for the optimization problem. Finally, we conduct a comprehensive performance evaluation with real world estate related data, and the experimental results demonstrate the competitive performance of both features and the proposed model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 14th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM 2014
EditorsRavi Kumar, Hannu Toivonen, Jian Pei, Joshua Zhexue Huang, Xindong Wu
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781479943029
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event14th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM 2014 - Shenzhen, China
Duration: Dec 14 2014Dec 17 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM
ISSN (Print)1550-4786


Conference14th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM 2014


  • Offline Moving Behaviors
  • Online User Reviews
  • Residential Real Estate
  • Sparse Ranking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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