Activity-aware map: identifying human daily activity pattern using mobile phone data

Phithakkitnukoon, Santi; Horanont, Teerayut; Di Lorenzo, Giusy; Shibasaki, Ryosuke and Ratti, Carlo (2010). Activity-aware map: identifying human daily activity pattern using mobile phone data. In: Human Behavior Understanding, 22 Aug 2010, Istanbul, Turkey.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14715-9_3

URL: http://rd.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-1...

Abstract

Being able to understand dynamics of human mobility is essential for urban planning and transportation management. Besides geographic space, in this paper, we characterize mobility in a profile-based space (activity-aware map) that describes most probable activity associated with a specific area of space. This, in turn, allows us to capture the individual daily activity pattern and analyze the correlations among different people’s work area’s profile. Based on a large mobile phone data of nearly one million records of the users in the central Metro-Boston area, we find a strong correlation in daily activity patterns within the group of people who share a common work area’s profile. In addition, within the group itself, the similarity in activity patterns decreases as their work places become apart.

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