Extracting Agent-Based Models of Human Transportation Patterns

Rahmatollah Beheshti, Gita Sukthankar
2012 2012 International Conference on Social Informatics  
Due to their cheap development costs and ease of deployment, surveys and questionnaires are useful tools for gathering information about the activity patterns of a large group and can serve as a valuable supplement to tracking studies done with mobile devices. However in raw form, general survey data is not necessarily useful for answering predictive questions about the behavior of a large social system. In this paper, we describe a method for generating agent activity profiles from survey data
more » ... for an agent-based model (ABM) of transportation patterns of 47,000 students on a university campus. We compare the performance of our agent-based model against a Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulation based directly on the distributions fitted from the survey data. A comparison of our simulation results against an independently collected dataset reveals that our ABM can be used to accurately forecast parking behavior over the semester and is significantly more accurate than the MCMC estimator.
doi:10.1109/socialinformatics.2012.60 dblp:conf/socialinformatics/BeheshtiS12 fatcat:dqeupug6tjgq3hodkqwcvn34pm