Heterogenous Trip Distance-Based Route Choice Behavior Analysis Using Real-World Large-Scale Taxi Trajectory Data

Yajuan Deng, Meiye Li, Qing Tang, Renjie He, Xianbiao Hu

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Most early research on route choice behavior analysis relied on the data collected from the stated preference survey or through small-scale experiments. This manuscript focused on the understanding of commuters' route choice behavior based on the massive amount of trajectory data collected from occupied taxicabs. The underlying assumption was that travel behavior of occupied taxi drivers can be considered as no different than the well-experienced commuters. To this end, the DBSCAN algorithm and Akaike information criterion (AIC) were first used to classify trips into different categories based on the trip length. Next, a total of 9 explanatory variables were defined to describe the route choice behavior, and and the path size (PS) logit model was then built, which avoided the invalid assumption of independence of irrelevant alternatives (IIA) in the commonly seen multinomial logit (MNL) model. The taxi trajectory data from over 11,000 taxicabs in Xi'an, China, with 40 million trajectory records each day were used in the case study. The results confirmed that commuters' route choice behavior are heterogenous for trips with varying distances and that considering such heterogeneity in the modeling process would better explain commuters' route choice behaviors, when compared with the traditional MNL model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8836511
JournalJournal of Advanced Transportation
StatePublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management


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