Uncovering the Directional Heterogeneity of an Aggregated Mobile Phone Network
Pei, Tao1,3; Sobolevsky, Stanislav2; Ratti, Carlo2; Amini, Alexander2; Zhou, Chenghu1
AbstractThe aggregated mobile phone network (AMPN) (i.e. the calling time or numbers are aggregated at every vertex), which records the call volume between different places over time, has been studied extensively to reveal the mobility patterns of residents, etc. Nevertheless, most previous works were implemented based on the non-directionality of the network model. This simplification may overlook some important characteristics of AMPN. To explore the AMPN as a directional network model, we introduce the concept of directional heterogeneity in the study of AMPN data. The heterogeneity is twofold: (1) the imbalance of vertex (difference between outgoing and incoming calls of the vertex); and (2) the reciprocity of each edge (difference between the directed weights of the same edge). Taking the data of Singapore as an example, we systematically analyze the directional heterogeneity of AMPN. Our findings include three aspects. First, the AMPN shows as more unbalanced in the night-time than in the daytime, and its imbalance decreases as vertex granularity increases. Second, the directional heterogeneity varied with locations. Specifically, the residential area is dominated by deficits and others by surpluses. Third, the trajectories of incoming and outgoing calls follow a similar geographical pattern (i.e. southeast-north-south-north-southeast), indicating the calling behavior and routine mobility of users over time and space.
WOS HeadingsSocial Sciences
WOS Subject ExtendedGeography
Indexed BySSCI
WOS SubjectGeography
WOS IDWOS:000345573100008
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Corresponding AuthorPei, Tao
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, State Key Lab Resources & Environm Informat Syst, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.MIT Senseable City Lab, Cambridge, MA USA
3.Jiangsu Ctr Collaborat Innovat Geog Informat Reso, Madison, WI USA
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Pei, Tao,Sobolevsky, Stanislav,Ratti, Carlo,et al. Uncovering the Directional Heterogeneity of an Aggregated Mobile Phone Network[J]. TRANSACTIONS IN GIS,2014,18:126-142.
APA Pei, Tao,Sobolevsky, Stanislav,Ratti, Carlo,Amini, Alexander,&Zhou, Chenghu.(2014).Uncovering the Directional Heterogeneity of an Aggregated Mobile Phone Network.TRANSACTIONS IN GIS,18,126-142.
MLA Pei, Tao,et al."Uncovering the Directional Heterogeneity of an Aggregated Mobile Phone Network".TRANSACTIONS IN GIS 18(2014):126-142.
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