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Journal Articles Transportation research. Part C, Emerging technologies Year : 2021

Synthetic population and travel demand for Paris and Île-de-France based on open and publicly available data

Abstract

Synthetic populations of travelers and their detailed mobility behavior are an important basis for agent-based transport simulations, which are increasingly used in transport planning and research today. To date, research based on such simulations is rarely replicable as it is based on proprietary data and tools. To foster the discussion and steer research towards reproducible transport simulations, this paper introduces a process for generating a synthetic travel demand with individual households, persons, and their daily activity chains for Paris and its surrounding region Île-de-France — entirely based on open data and open software and replicable by any researcher. The resulting travel demand is published for others to use as a comprehensive data basis for agent-based transport simulations and as a test bed for population and demand synthesis algorithms. Furthermore, it is discussed how implicit correlation structures impact the potential use cases of the synthetic travel demand for simulation and analysis purposes and how the common practice of using population samples for downstream simulations affects the results.

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hal-03286361 , version 1 (14-07-2021)

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Sebastian Hörl, Milos Balac. Synthetic population and travel demand for Paris and Île-de-France based on open and publicly available data. Transportation research. Part C, Emerging technologies, 2021, 130, pp.103291. ⟨10.1016/j.trc.2021.103291⟩. ⟨hal-03286361⟩
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