Characteristics of human mobility patterns revealed by high-frequency cell-phone position data

Chen ZHAO, An ZENG, Chi Ho YEUNG

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Abstract

Human mobility is an important characteristic of human behavior, but since tracking personalized position to high temporal and spatial resolution is difficult, most studies on human mobility patterns rely on sparsely sampled position data. In this work, we re-examined human mobility patterns via comprehensive cell-phone position data recorded at a high frequency up to every second. We constructed human mobility networks and found that individuals exhibit origin-dependent, path-preferential patterns in their short time-scale mobility. These behaviors are prominent when the temporal resolution of the data is high, and are thus overlooked in most previous studies. Incorporating measured quantities from our high frequency data into conventional human mobility models shows inconsistent statistical results. We finally revealed that the individual preferential transition mechanism characterized by the first-order Markov process can quantitatively reproduce the observed travel patterns at both individual and population levels at all relevant time-scales. Copyright © 2021 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
JournalEPJ Data Science
Volume10
Early online date19 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Citation

Zhao, C., Zeng, A., & Yeung, C. H. (2021). Characteristics of human mobility patterns revealed by high-frequency cell-phone position data. EPJ Data Science, 10. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1140/epjds/s13688-021-00261-2

Keywords

  • Human mobility
  • Mobile phone
  • High frequency data

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