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ISOM Seminar: Liangfei Qiu, Univ. of Florida, Info. Sys.
WhenFriday, Mar 30, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Campus locationPACCAR Hall (PCAR)
Campus roomPaccar 292
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsISOM Department
(206) 543-1043

Paccar Hall, Room 292

SPEAKER: Liangfei Qiu
AFFILIATION:  University of Florida
AREA:  Information Systems

Learning from Your Friends’ Check-Ins: An Empirical Study of Location-Based Social Networks

Recently, mobile applications have offered users the option to share their location information with friends. Using data from a major location-based social networking application in China, we estimate an empirical model of restaurant discovery and observational learning. The unique feature of repeat customer visits in the data allows us to examine observational learning in both trials and repeats and separate it from non-informational confounding mechanisms, such as homophily, using a novel test based on the empirical model. The empirical evidence supports a strong observational learning effect. We also find that the moderating role of the geographical locations of users and their friends on the magnitude of observational learning is critical. These findings suggest a nuanced view for local merchants to boost observational learning with the advancement of location-based technology.…
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