Inferring human mobility using communication patterns

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dc.contributor Aalto University en Palchykov, Vasyl Mitrovic, Marija Jo, Hang-Hyun Saramäki, Jari Pan, Raj Kumar 2017-05-11T09:05:00Z 2017-05-11T09:05:00Z 2014
dc.identifier.citation Palchykov , V , Mitrovic , M , Jo , H-H , Saramäki , J & Pan , R K 2014 , ' Inferring human mobility using communication patterns ' SCIENTIFIC REPORTS , vol 4 , 6174 , pp. 1-6 . DOI: 10.1038/srep06174 en
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dc.description.abstract Understanding the patterns of mobility of individuals is crucial for a number of reasons, from city planning to disaster management. There are two common ways of quantifying the amount of travel between locations: by direct observations that often involve privacy issues, e.g., tracking mobile phone locations, or by estimations from models. Typically, such models build on accurate knowledge of the population size at each location. However, when this information is not readily available, their applicability is rather limited. As mobile phones are ubiquitous, our aim is to investigate if mobility patterns can be inferred from aggregated mobile phone call data alone. Using data released by Orange for Ivory Coast, we show that human mobility is well predicted by a simple model based on the frequency of mobile phone calls between two locations and their geographical distance. We argue that the strength of the model comes from directly incorporating the social dimension of mobility. Furthermore, as only aggregated call data is required, the model helps to avoid potential privacy problems. en
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dc.relation.ispartofseries SCIENTIFIC REPORTS en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 4 en
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dc.title Inferring human mobility using communication patterns en
dc.type A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Department of Computer Science en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201705114184
dc.identifier.doi 10.1038/srep06174
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