Instagram algorithm shows spots favored by locals

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The idea behind the computer algorithm, which was developed at the ITMO University in Saint Petersburg, and then published in the Procedia Computer Science journal, is to allow tourists to find the places of interest that are most popular with locals based on their Instagram posts. To begin with, the development team analyzed every public Instagram post uploaded by people local to Saint Petersburg, listing the cafés, restaurants and areas that they mostly frequent. To ensure that as few tourists as possible would be included in the posts, the team picked the two months of the year with the least…

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