North West | Tourism, recreation | Technology & innovation
New St. Pete algorithm guides tourists through “die for” places maps may not show
9 Oct '17
In a bid to help tourists have a more authentic travel experience, programmers from ITMO University in St. Petersburg have created a computer algorithm that allows travelers to find museums, cafes, streets and other interesting spots based on Instagram posts by local inhabitants, EWDN reported.
To test the algorithm, the team analyzed photos taken on Instagram in St. Petersburg in 2016. They compiled a list of places loved by local residents, and compared them to the ones that tourists prefer based on tourist maps and guides.
“There is no doubt that popular places for local citizens and visitors differ,” researchers pointed out. While tourist maps and guides take foreign visitors to most expensive sites where the people have to pay double for services that may or may not be good enough, popular places loved by locals are scattered throughout a city and could now, with the new algorithm, offer international visitors a sightseeing opportunity of choice.