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Understanding mobility based on GPS data

Yu Zheng, Xing Xie, and Wei-Ying Ma


Both recognizing human behavior and understanding a user’s mobility from sensor data are critical issues in ubiquitous computing systems. As a kind of user behavior, the transportation modes, such as walking, driving, etc., that a user takes, can enrich the user’s mobility with informative knowledge and provide pervasive computing systems with more context information. In this paper, we propose an approach based on supervised learning to infer people’s motion modes from their GPS logs. The contribution of this work lies in the following two aspects. On one hand, we identify a set of sophisticated features, which are more robust to traffic condition than those other researchers ever used. On the other hand, we propose a graph-based post-processing algorithm to further improve the inference performance. This algorithm considers both the commonsense constraint of real world and typical user behavior based on location in a probabilistic manner. Using the GPS logs collected by 65 people over a period of 10 months, we evaluated our approach via a set of experiments. As a result, based on the change point-based segmentation method and Decision Tree-based inference model, the new features brought an eight percent improvement in inference accuracy over previous result, and the graph-based post-processing achieve a further four percent enhancement.


Publication typeInproceedings
Published inUbicomp 2008
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc.

Newer versions

Yu Zheng and Hao Fu. Geolife GPS trajectory dataset - User Guide, 26 July 2011.

Yu Zheng. GPS Trajectories with transportation mode labels, 24 November 2010.

Yu Zheng, Yukun Chen, Xing Xie, and Wei-Ying Ma. Understanding transportation modes based on GPS data for Web applications, ACM Transaction on the Web, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., January 2010.

Previous versions

Yu Zheng and Xing Xie. Learning Transportation Mode from Raw GPS Data for Geographic Application on the Web, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., 20 April 2008.

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