Inferring Human Mobility from Sparse Low Accuracy Mobile Sensing Data

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Abstract

Understanding both collective and personal human mobility is a central topic in Computational Social Science. Smartphone sensing data is emerging as a promising source for studying human mobility. However, most literature focuses on high-precision GPS positioning and high-frequency sampling, which is not always feasible in a longitudinal study or for everyday applications because location sensing has a high battery cost. In this paper we study the feasibility of inferring human mobility from sparse, low accuracy mobile sensing data. We validate our results using participants' location diaries, and analyze the inferred geographical networks, the time spent at different places, and the number of unique places over time. Our results suggest that low resolution data allows accurate inference of human mobility patterns.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing : Adjunct Publication
Publication date2014
Pages995-1004
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3047-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp '14): Adjunct Publication - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: 13 Sep 201417 Sep 2014

Conference

Conference2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp '14)
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period13/09/201417/09/2014

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