Predicting Long-Term Human Mobility

by George Chetcuti [Published on 18 July 2013 / Last Updated on 18 July 2013]

Where are you going to be 285 days from now at 2PM?

Adam Sadilek, formerly of Microsoft, now a researcher at Google, and John Krumm, an engineer at Microsoft researched how accurately such questions can be answered across a large sample of people. They propose a novel model of long-term human mobility that extracts significant patterns shaping people’s lives, and helps us understand large amounts of data by visualizing the patterns in a meaningful way.

The research shows that it is possible to predict location of a wide variety of hundreds of subjects even years into the future and with high accuracy.

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