Geographic Clustering Based on POIs

View these sample projects to learn how to cluster neighborhoods in Paris and New York City based on the characteristics of points of interest in the cities.

Geographic Clustering Of Manhattan And Paris

This sample project is based on data from Open Street Map and Foursquare, that we associate with the neighborhoods of the borough of Manhattan and of the city of Paris.

We aggregate points of interest (POI) by type and count how many venues are present in each neighborhood. Based on this data we run an unsupervised machine learning algorithm to cluster the neighborhoods.

How Do We Do This?

We have two datasources: Open Street Maps and Foursquare

  • We assume that we already have the tables Ways and Nodes from OSM. They contain all the information about streets and buildings in Paris or Manhattan with their localization.
  • We retrieve Foursquare data from their Public API

We will use the census block dataset from the data portal of the city of New York City as a grid for the borough of Manhattan.

We will use the IRIS dataset from the French statistics institute as a grid for the city of Paris. They represent “small neighborhoods” encompassing 1,800 to 5,000 inhabitants.

All the POI retrieved from OSM and Foursquare can be associated to a specific neighborhood of Manhattan or Paris.

We will compute features for each neighborhood based on aggregations of the POI we retrieved. We aggregate businesses and locations based on their type. So for example we have for each zone the number of food-related locations, both from OSM and Foursquare.

We then create a segmentation with a k-means clustering algorithm.

Exploring The Project

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