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On the importance of trip destination for modeling individual human mobility patterns

Abstract : Getting insights on human mobility patterns and being able to reproduce them accurately is of the utmost importance in a wide range of applications from public health, to transport and urban planning. Still the relationship between the effort individuals will invest in a trip and its purpose importance is not taken into account in the individual mobility models that can be found in the recent literature. Here, we address this issue by introducing a model hypothesizing a relation between the importance of a trip and the distance traveled. In most practical cases, quantifying such importance is undoable. We overcome this difficulty by focusing on shopping trips (for which we have empirical data) and by taking the price of items as a proxy. Our model is able to reproduce the long-tailed distribution in travel distances empirically observed and to explain the scaling relationship between distance traveled and item value found in the data.
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Maxime Lenormand, Juan Murillo Arias, Maxi San Miguel, José Ramasco. On the importance of trip destination for modeling individual human mobility patterns. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the Royal Society, 2020, 17 (171), pp.20200673. ⟨10.1098/rsif.2020.0673⟩. ⟨hal-02966791⟩

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