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A high-precision heuristic model to detect home and work locations from smart card data

Sari Aslam, N; Cheng, T; Cheshire, JA; (2018) A high-precision heuristic model to detect home and work locations from smart card data. Geo-Spatial Information Science 10.1080/10095020.2018.1545884. Green open access

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Abstract

Smart card-automated fare collection systems now routinely record large volumes of data comprising the origins and destinations of travelers. Processing and analyzing these data open new opportunities in urban modeling and travel behavior research. This study seeks to develop an accurate framework for the study of urban mobility from smart card data by developing a heuristic primary location model to identify the home and work locations. The model uses journey counts as an indicator of usage regularity, visit-frequency to identify activity locations for regular commuters, and stay-time for the classification of work and home locations and activities. London is taken as a case study, and the model results were validated against survey data from the London Travel Demand Survey and volunteer survey. Results demonstrate that the proposed model is able to detect meaningful home and work places with high precision. This study offers a new and cost-effective approach to travel behavior and demand research.

Type: Article
Title: A high-precision heuristic model to detect home and work locations from smart card data
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/10095020.2018.1545884
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/10095020.2018.1545884
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Smart card data, activity location modeling, heuristic primary location model, home and work locations, human mobility pattern, urban activity pattern
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10062586
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