So I am writing a research paper where we are predicting the location of a user's mobile device, the location being Pocket, Hand etc. Now, whenever I read my paper title I feel that locating is a misleading term as it somehow gives the image of Geographical Location and not what my research is about. So I would like to swap this term with something more relevant, yet my knowledge fails me to find such a word.

Any ideas? My tentative paper title is: Locating Mobile Devices Accurately Using...

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    Honestly, this might be an impossible task. Try rephrasing it to talk about How a user holds their device etc. Sep 29 '16 at 19:08
  • @BladorthinTheGrey I am starting to think that this is indeed a impossible task :(
    – Jishan
    Sep 29 '16 at 19:12
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    There are a lot of synonyms for locate that might work--just off the top of my head, pinpoint seems like a possibility. It might be more productive for you to look through some Thesaurus entries yourself, though, rather than us tossing possibilities at you.
    – 1006a
    Sep 29 '16 at 19:33
  • 'location about the person'. Sep 29 '16 at 22:38

This paper by Miluzzo, et al. speaks of the "low-level context" of the mobile device:

We believe efficiently computing the low level context of the phone, that is, the position of the phone carried by a person (e.g., in the pocket, in the hand, inside a backpack, on the hip, arm mounted, etc.) in relation to the event being sensed -- which we call the phone sensing context -- is a fundamental building block for new distributed sensing applications built on mobile phones.

This paper from Ubicomp uses the word placements, as well as placement contexts:

In this demonstration paper, we show a novel approach to detect the common placements of a mobile phone, such as “in pocket”, “in bag” or “out of pocket or bag”, from embedded proximity (IR) and light sensors. We use sensor data fusion and pattern recognition to extract distinct features from sensor signals and classify the boundaries among these three phone placement contexts.

You can follow suit, e.g. Accurately Determining Mobile Device Placement Contexts Using...

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    Placement would be my choice too. Sep 29 '16 at 19:42
  • And how many people would understand this! It seems one step away from DIY jargon (and internet examples seem ill-defined also). Sep 29 '16 at 22:36

Consider "Placing" or "Orienting". It could be even more clear if you used "Handheld" instead of or in addition to "Mobile" (to prime the mind to think about if the device is in your hands, a pocket, a backpack, on a table).

Or add "in Space" or "Spatial" to qualify the location as not being geography.

  • Placing sounds more like putting and orienting is a completely different thing. Spacial data is usually used in reference to Geography. Sep 29 '16 at 19:06
  • @BladorthinTheGrey True. I had the same feeling when I read the comment!
    – Jishan
    Sep 29 '16 at 19:11

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