30 Aug '16, 12pm

Phone data is good for town planning: Big data analysis of mobile phones is as good as existing survey techni...

Phone data is good for town planning: Big data analysis of mobile phones is as good as existing survey techni...

“Applying the system to six weeks of phone location data from residents of the Boston area, the researchers were able to assemble the kind of model of urban mobility patterns that typically takes years to build,” said MIT. To validate their system, which works with people on foot, in cars, and on public transport, the researchers compared the model it generated to the model currently used by the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organisation, whose main job is to use travel surveys – conducted up to a decade apart – to derive a travel demand model. “The two models accorded very well”, said MIT. “The great advantage of our framework is that it learns mobility features from a large number of users, without having to ask them directly about their mobility choices,” said MIT researcher Marta Gonzalez. “Based on that, we create individual models to estimate complete daily trajectori...

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