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HyRA: A hybrid recommendation algorithm focused on smart POI. Ceutí as a study scenario

Alvarado-Uribe, Joanna; Gómez-Oliva, Andrea; Barrera-Animas, Ari Yair; Molina, Germán; Gonzalez-Mendoza, Miguel; Parra-Meroño, María Concepción; Jara, Antonio J.

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Joanna Alvarado-Uribe

Andrea Gómez-Oliva

Ari Yair Barrera-Animas

Germán Molina

Miguel Gonzalez-Mendoza

María Concepción Parra-Meroño

Antonio J. Jara


Nowadays, Physical Web together with the increase in the use of mobile devices, Global Positioning System (GPS), and Social Networking Sites (SNS) have caused users to share enriched information on the Web such as their tourist experiences. Therefore, an area that has been significantly improved by using the contextual information provided by these technologies is tourism. In this way, the main goals of this work are to propose and develop an algorithm focused on the recommendation of Smart Point of Interaction (Smart POI) for a specific user according to his/her preferences and the Smart POIs’ context. Hence, a novel Hybrid Recommendation Algorithm (HyRA) is presented by incorporating an aggregation operator into the user-based Collaborative Filtering (CF) algorithm as well as including the Smart POIs’ categories and geographical information. For the experimental phase, two real-world datasets have been collected and preprocessed. In addition, one Smart POIs’ categories dataset was built. As a result, a dataset composed of 16 Smart POIs, another constituted by the explicit preferences of 200 respondents, and the last dataset integrated by 13 Smart POIs’ categories are provided. The experimental results show that the recommendations suggested by HyRA are promising.


Alvarado-Uribe, J., Gómez-Oliva, A., Barrera-Animas, A. Y., Molina, G., Gonzalez-Mendoza, M., Parra-Meroño, M. C., & Jara, A. J. (2018). HyRA: A hybrid recommendation algorithm focused on smart POI. Ceutí as a study scenario. Sensors, 18(3),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 7, 2018
Online Publication Date Mar 17, 2018
Publication Date Mar 17, 2018
Deposit Date Feb 18, 2020
Journal Sensors
Print ISSN 1424-8220
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 3
Article Number 890
Keywords recommendation algorithm, point-of-interest, similarity and distance measures, aggregation operator, POI category, geographical influence, tourism
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